Mr. Willie Berg founded our company in 1935. Willie was a struggling musician working in Chicago. He would go to all the clubs in the area and sell the band members valve oil, reeds, cymbals, and many other supplies out of a bag he carried with him. He also played jobs whenever he could get work.
Many famous musicians took a liking to Willie, great names like Duke Ellington, Harry James, Count Basie, Woody Herman, The Dorsey Brothers and the list goes on and on. The real inspiration came from Glen Miller who encouraged Willie to make mutes for brass instruments so that he could blend the brass section. Willie then invented Stonelined Mutes. He and his wife Faye would make the mutes in their small apartment on the south side of Chicago and Willie would sell them to the musicians that traveled through town.