Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts was founded by Roger Siminoff in 1967 in W. Orange, NJ. While working in the publishing and later, tech industries, he continued to build stringed instruments, and refine his technique through research, experimentation and, of course, playing. In 2007, he and his wife, Rosemary, brought on Kali and Ken to expand the business in his “retirement” in Arroyo Grande, CA. Little did they know that Kali would lead the charge and transition Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts from a call-and-order shop to a 24-7 online store.
Business continued to increase, and they moved the shop north a bit to accommodate growing inventory and shipping needs, along with realizing Roger’s longtime dream of offering Luthierie Camps. In 2012, Nolan came aboard, an artist and with experience repairing and restoring violins in Salt Lake City, UT. About a year later, Amy came aboard to provide marketing and operations support to Kali and Nolan, allowing Roger and Rosemary to fulfill another dream of touring in their Airstream. In January 2013, Kali and Amy acquired Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts, and along with Nolan, form the day-to-day team.
Roger maintains an active advisory role and no longer on a strict production schedule, has been able to focus on product development and research.
Kali – As co-owner, Kali continues to be responsible for maintaining our online storefront, from selecting new products, to answering your emails, and finally, ensuring your order is processed and shipped as efficiently as possible. After studying Communications at Long Beach State (CA), Kali came on board in 2004, initially to help in the shop and fulfill orders. In no time at all, she’d produced an award-winning email newsletter and solidified Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts as an online presence with 24-7 online and international ordering. She’s designed and built an F5 mandolin — in fact, it sounded so good and had a few potential buyers at a festival, but in the end, Roger wanted it more and bought it off her!
Amy – Amy is a recent addition to the team and co-owner with Kali. With a background in marketing and former small business owner, Amy manages our Facebook pages and works with Kali and Roger on the email newsletter. She also enjoys working with Roger on new product development and promotion, when not managing the books. A fledgling banjo player, Amy enjoys live music and spontaneous Siminoff lunchtime jams.
Nolan – Whether you’ve ordered a bridge, sound board or full-on kit, Nolan’s probably worked on it. His signature on each piece of work is his attention to detail, accuracy and beauty. Nolan has a Bachelors of Arts in Sculpture from San Francisco State University (CA), along with training and experience in violin and stringed instrument repair and reconstruction with the renowned Peter Prier in Salt Lake City, UT. While in the shop, Nolan listens to a mix of traditional and new bluegrass. Though a drummer for many years, and guitar player for nearly as long, he recently picked up the mandolin.
Ken – Ken, who is also Nolan’s dad, is a former shop teacher and is Roger’s right hand at our Luthierie Camps. He’s transitioned out of production, and focuses on the Camper experience as an instructor. With his gentle demeanor and subtle sense of humor, Ken contributes a fun (and very knowledgeable) experience that Campers always remember! You’ll find Ken at bluegrass festivals all over California. He’s most comfortable playing rhythm guitar and bass, but he loves the challenge and versatility of his F5.