The man behind the brand Lehle is me, Burkhard Georg Lehle! I live with my family in Voerde, in Germany's Lower Rhine district (the "Niederrhein"), with the Lehle Gitarrentechnik workshops, where Lehle products are developed, built and marketed, along with the office, right next door. Do I need to mention that I also play guitar?My goal is to create and build rational, robust, technically sophisticated products.Blending music and technology has always fascinated me - by the age of 13 I was playing electric guitar (and tuning it with no trouble, too!). Later, while at college (studying music and physics), I started repairing electric guitars and amps, so it was natural enough that that was what I chose to do after finishing college, setting up my own servicing workshop in the nearby town of Duisburg for local musicians. Talking to musicians in the workshop meant that I always knew at first hand what problems they had, what they would like to see in the way of equipment, and where things could be improved. A good many mentioned switchers that would work dependably without loss of sound and without generating noise. Soon enough, I realized that there was no product on the market that would do that, which, of course, was the starting point for development of the first A/B- and A/B/C switchers. The first generation of switchers I soldered and assembled myself in the course of 1999. Even these early models incorporated relays for the switching function, activated by a discrete logic control. The following year I developed an innovative housing style with an integrated button mechanism that set new standards for robustness and reliability and made it possible to produce larger numbers without sacrificing quality. Following the official market launch in 2001, this new generation of switchers is now available internationally from a selected range of importers and specialist outlets. Very pleasingly, several well-known guitarists have heard about the advantages they offer and now use Lehle switchers on a regular basis.