Greg, a very careful man, is the last person to touch your marimba in our shop before you receive it assembled and packed in a crate. He is in charge of Final Assembly, which he described as a “multi-tasking balancing act,” requiring him to put together a hand-made, custom instrument.
“It’s not an assembly line at marimba one©, like it is at other marimba-makers,” the New Jersey native says. “Instead, I actually assemble every single instrument at the end after all the various departments have worked to make their individual components.”
The self-described former “snowboard bum” came out to the Pacific coastal town of Trinidad, just miles north of Arcata, on an invitation to house-sit. After a variety of jobs, he found his niche at marimba one©six years ago. Essentially, he is in charge of quality control, of scores of assemblies and hundred of parts. What’s his favorite part of the painstaking job? “Building the finest instruments and listening to ridiculous music all day,” he says with a laugh.