Worldwide Association of technicians in musical instrument construction, tuning, repair, regulation, and rebuilding

Conference 2018

Purposes of the World Association of Luthiers

Professional Association for piano technicians and luthiers of other musical instruments in Latin America, the Caribbean and around the world


Establish professional relationships with technicians worldwide, recognizing their training and skills.


The World Association of Luthiers of Musical Instruments is a non-profit foundation established with the aim of advancing professional development for technicians in manufacturing, tuning, repair, regulation, and remanufacturing of musical instruments. It began in February 2013 in Quito, Ecuador, under the auspices of the Fundación ANGEL CELIO AUMALA NAVARRETE ACAN and the collaboration of Aumala Pianos ALAZ.

Activities of the Association

The AMLuthiers has been formed to ensure continuous improvement in the academic environment promoting cooperation among peers; contribute to the improvement of working conditions; foster collaboration that is nonprofit and without commercial speculation between the Association and other similar national and international organizations; and develop academic, cultural and social activities which are of interest to the members of the Association.

Profesional Development


Conference 2017 January through December 2017 in North America, South America, and Africa

During June through August 2015 the AMLuthiers held the first Conference in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to preparing teachers of courses for luthiers of musical instruments, which is expected to increase interest in understanding, acquiring and maintaining pianos and all instruments.

In Ecuador during November, 2015 we held the Congreso Nacional para la Restauración de Instrumentos Musicales Patrimoniales (National Symposium for the restoration of heritage musical instruments). The purpose is to encourage owners of musical instruments to have them repaired and use them; and to involve the tuners and luthiers.

We will support and evaluate courses of intensive study and practice for professional technicians (luthiers) that are dedicated to the career of musical instrument maintenance to insure that each person will have expertise in the manufacture or maintenance or any service for certain categories of instruments, whether piano or string instruments, wind, percussion, or traditional instruments.

We understand the need to develop an infrastructure to support the new luthiers including where to get the tools and parts; management, transportation, and appointments; and a professional association that is dedicated to education for life. Future customers also need to better understand their instruments and recognize the value of services that make it possible.

Multilingual Glossary for Luthiers. We are creating a multilingual glossary of technical terms and procedures for luthiers of all instruments and all languages for translating and for facilitating international communications.

Donations of Musical Instruments. We are coordinating the donation of musical instruments so they can be repaired and put to good use. Recipients learn repairs and use the instruments.