History

George Ösztreicher

George Osztreicher pioneered importing and exporting guitar and violin strings in the United Kingdom back in the 1960s. He formed Cardiff Music Strings. He soon discovered he could have a business based completely on exporting. The first American company to order from George was WMI in Chicago, which owned the Kay brand name. In later years George owned the name and was the first to bring guitars from Korea into the UK.  

Cardiff Music String Company

Cardiff Music String company was established in the 1967 by George Osztreicher. Osztreicher pioneered exporting guitar and violin strings into the United Kingdom. He bought British Music and Tennis Strings Ltd, established in 1912, and moved the factory to Wales and merged it with his original business, Cardiff Music Strings. He soon discovered he could have a business based completely on exporting. The first American company to order from George was WMI in Chicago, which owned the Kay Guitar Co. In later years George took over control of Kay for Europe and was the first to import guitars from Korea into the UK. In the early 1970's. Osztreicher currently owns the Caparison brand.