Meet Our Team

Richard Ervin, Shop manager and repair specialistRich Ervin

Rich has been repairing musical instruments since 1965. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1972 (Bachelors of Science in Music Education) and a period of teaching public school, he enlisted in the US Army as a bandsman. During his six years of service, he conducted three repair courses for the US Army in Germany. After leaving the Army in 1982, he opened and operated Ervin’s Winds and Strings in Dayton, Ohio for 11 years.

With a background in woodwind and brass repair, he decided to expand into violin repair. In 1982 he started studying violin repair with Peter Horn of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Horn is a graduate of the Violin School in Mittenwald Germany. Rich has also studied guitar repair with luthier Brian Galloup.
Richard Ervin is a Master Clinician for NAPBIRT and has presented clinics for manufacturers and trade associations in the United States as well as Europe. He is the author of the successful book “ Orchestral String Repair” which has been in continuous print for 10 years.

In 2002, Richard became a part of McCutcheon Music when he moved his repair shop into their newly acquired facility at 38 Marco Lane in Centerville.

Judy Halverson, Repair Service RepresentativeJudy

Judy has worked for McCutcheon Music 13 years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music, with an emphasis in percussion from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  Her cheerful attitude and demeanor is a key part of our successful customer service. Judy will be happy to help you, and will be calling you when your instrument is ready for pickup.








Jim Roetter, Repair TechnicianJim Roetter

Jim has been repairing musical instruments for over 60 years. He and his family owned and operated Roetter Music in Dayton, Ohio for over thirty years where he developed his skills in repair. In 1984 he became the General Sales Manager and repair technician for Ervin’s Winds and Strings. To broaden his repair base, Jim studied violin repair with Peter Horn of Cleveland, Ohio. Jim’s specialty, as a luthier, is cello and bass restoration. Jim’s innovative approach to repair work lead to the development of a laser system for fitting cello and bass bridges.


Jim Roetter and Richard Ervin have conducted 10 sold out training courses at the National Training Center for NAPBIRT. Both are recipients of the Distinguished Service Award from NAPBIRT in 2008.




Steve Hiatt, Repair TechnicianSteve Hiatt

Steve started his training in instrument repair at an early age under the tutelage of his father Pat Hiatt, well know instrument repairman in the Dayton area. Steve graduated from Western Iowa Tech in band instrument repair in 1979. Steve worked with his father for a number of years. After retiring from the machine tool trade, Steve returned to the instrument repair field full time and became a member of the McCutcheon Repair team.








Rick Shutte, Repair Technician

Rick Shutte

Rick has recently joined the shop team coming over from working in the sale and management side of McCutcheon Music. Rick started at McCutcheon Music in 2007.  While working on the sale floor, Rick was responsible for the guitar setups. His background is a perfect fit in the repair shop. Starting playing at age 9, Rick has studied both classical and jazz guitar. After touring with the national act “Rune”, Rick continued his studies a Sinclair Community College majoring in Music Education and Classical Guitar. Currently he is developing his skill in fretted, brass and orchestral strings. Music technology and composition is a passion that he has held for many years. In his spare time, he performs with the band “Kenoma”.