Jon Bentley grew up in the small Midwestern town of Kent, Ohio, the son of two artistic parents who started him early on cornet and piano. In high school
he took up guitar and woodshop.
His musical education consisted of studies at Kent State University, Seattle Pacific University, Tacoma Community College and Renton Technical College,
where he completed the Band and Orchestral Instrument Repair program. Jon returned as an alumnus in 1998 and 1999 to teach the String Instrument Repair program.
Jon's focus on structural and finish restorations have been consistently able to meet the challenges of the most difficult repairs.
Jon has been active in the repair and music industry since 1979, learning with colleagues in The Guild of American Luthiers (G.A.L.), The Association of Sting
Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.), The Violin Society of America, and the Seattle Luthier's Group (SLUG) and has attended master seminars and classes from Robert Benedetto,
Steve Grimes, Steve Klein, Dale Unger, Frank Finnochio and Lars Kirmser.
Jon served 5 years in the Army where he was principle French hornist and lead guitarist for the 9th Infantry Division Band. Jon received the Army Achievement
Medal for his volunteer work with orphans in Korea. Jon has studied Korean, as well as German and Spanish.
Jon enjoys fishing, tennis, woodworking, and hiking.
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