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Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:19 PM

Team Meinl - Behind The Scenes: Franz Wagner

franz wagner - with meinl since 1991

name: franz wagner
with meinl since: 1991
current position: working in the pad printing dept.
side note: author of music education books

franz originates from karaghanda in kazakhstan from where he moved to germany in 1990. in 1991 franz started to work for us. back in those days we were wholesaling various instruments and franz was in charge for the maintanance and repair of our accordions and guitars. since ten years now franz has worked in the pad printing dept. and puts the logos on all (!) our cymbals (except the ones which are laser engraved). thats a lot!

before he came to germany, franz studied music and arts in altay-krais, siberia. he graduated on the "accordion-bayn (b)". thats a special kind of accordion. he has also written several educational books, is an accomplished music teacher, and has conducted a russian balalaika orchestra for many years. he is the most complete musician from all meinl employees. a modest and silent gentleman with a great character.

i will never forget this one eye-opening incident i had many years ago: i saw franz in his repair shop while he was working on an accordion. i asked that i would really like to listen to him playing. first he felt weird to "perform" for me. however, finally he took the accordion and played some music of a contemporary russian jazz composer to me who's name i have never heard before. it sounded amazing! from that moment on i knew that franz is one of the best musicians i have met so far. he also tunes my piano at home.

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing