Jim and Alice Imbur are the duo behind Musicians’ Valet, makers of fine wooden music stands and guitar stands. Beautiful items are designed and created in their Virginia woodshop to satisfy the demands of the discerning musician.
Our mission is to create well-crafted and functional pieces that are as beautiful as they are useful. We believe our products add something special to every musician’s collection of accessories.
Taking Pride in Our Designs and Work
It was from our own needs as musicians that Musicians’ Valet was born. We take pride in our home, with its antique heart pine floors, huge stone fireplace, and cherry and leather furniture. Our black metal instrument and music stands looked out of place and detracted from the inherent beauty of our instruments. The first item built was a dulcimer stand for Alice and other ideas and designs for stands soon followed.
We Are Both Musicians
Jim took up music later in life. He began playing the steel stringed guitar, but was soon swept up by classical guitar. When his wife, Alice, took up the dulcimer the musical repertory of the house was widened considerably. As Alice will tell you, the sounds of Bach’s Jesu cantata might be heard mingling with old mountain songs like Go Tell Aunt Rhody, but this non-traditional combination hasn’t caused any rifts yet – of the marital or musical kind!
Commitment to Aesthetically Pleasing Designs
Our commitment to aesthetically pleasing designs is a value we have carried forward from past experiences. Some years ago, we owned a plantation shutter company and used a similar approach to distinguish ourselves from other companies. We focused on designing shutters that aesthetically blended in with the moldings in our customers’ homes and received a patent on a unique hinging and distinct profiled design system. We continue to bring this focus to our work at Musicians’ Valet.
Our Ideas and Possible Future Products
Our product designs have evolved over time as we explored new ideas and variations. Some of the ideas for our products have come from posts by members of a guitar forum, and we have especially appreciated the feedback and suggestions from our customers and fellow musicians. We continue to think about ideas for the future and invite you to share your thoughts with us. Would cellists be interested in a stand very similar to our guitar stand? Would there be any interest in a reasonably priced instrument display case with a glass front or a combination bookshelf/music stand? We welcome any suggestions of events where we could exhibit our products. We look forward to hearing all your ideas and comments!