The retirement of Stentor’s Dave Carroll

David Carroll has retired from Stentor after over 45 years with the company. 

After studying Musical instrument making and repairing at Merton Technical College David worked as an instrument maker and repairer in Croydon, South London. He undertook part time work for Stentor Music Company at Woodmansterne in the mid ’70s. Dave brought his knowledge and passion to a growing company and progressed to become a key member of senior management. 

David was one of the founding members of Touchstone Tonewoods, a subsidiary of Stentor supplying makers and repairers of Musical instruments in 1979. Initially, he managed and ran the shop-based business and began to develop contacts and a wealth of knowledge within the Folk Musical Instruments industry. 

In the 80’s David moved into the role of warehouse manager of Stentor’s main operation overseeing a move to new larger premises. He then became Director of Operations and has been closely involved with the integration of new computer systems on several occasions and much more as the company expanded its operations on the Reigate site. He increasingly took on responsibility for many international suppliers in China, the USA and Europe.

David has also been instrumental in the building of the Ozark acoustic folk instrument brand, using his detailed instrument knowledge and lifelong involvement in the folk music scene.

An accomplished musician on many instruments including Celtic pipes, Mandola & Bouzouki, he has played with a number of bands and artists in the British folk scene. 

David has been a key member of the Stentor family for more than 45 years and will be greatly missed in the workplace by all staff and by our many music industry partners throughout the world. 

We wish him well in his retirement and his plans to make more instruments and devote more time to playing, travelling and spending time with his family. 

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