Podcast 403: Lillian Werbin of Elderly Instruments

For five decades, Lansing, Michigan’s Elderly Instruments has been an institution for vintage guitar, banjo, and mandolin lovers. Founded in 1972 by Stan Werbin, the store has provided old and new instruments to countless musicians around the world through its storefront, legendary catalogs, and, now, website.

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Elderly’s new President, Lillian Werbin, about this famed store. She gives us a brief history, explains why she decided to work at the family business, and describes her hopes for the shop’s future and the collector’s market in general.

It’s a great chat with a young retail visionary who is committed to maintaining Elderly’s stellar reputation while also looking forward.

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