“My name is Hans Moust and I run a repair shop for guitars and related
instruments in Breda, which is in the Netherlands.”
As long as I can remember I've been interested in musical instruments and
stringed instruments in particular.
Like so many other kids I started frequenting the local music shops at an early age.
Picking up catalogs was one of the things they allowed me to do and, at that time, looking at the
seemed like the next best thing after actually owning the instruments.
Obviously most of the instruments in the catalogs I could only dream of but being brought up with
woodworking tools around the house, I was really motivated to try and improve the instrument that I
could afford at the time. By the time I was ready to get a place of my own I was doing set-ups and small repairs
for the friends I used to play music with. To me that was still a hobby, since making music was the
one thing I liked doing the most. It must have been around 1975 that it became clear to me that making
music as a career was not for me and since I enjoyed repairing instruments that much, it seemed like a logical thing to do for a living.
It was at that same time that more and more people were getting interested in 'older' instruments.