History (Previously Maxima - Today OPTIMA)
Optima Music Strings is located in Geretsried, a town located south of Munich in Bavaria, Germany. Specializing in the manufacture of musical instrument strings, Optima's wide ranging line include strings for the mandolin family, guitar family, violin and bass, banjo, zither family, and harp. As a small specialty music company with many experienced and highly skilled employees, Optima takes special care in the manufacturing process to ensure the highest quality standards.
The origins of Optima Music Strings dates from the early 1930's when the Maxima Music String company was founded by Max Meinel in Markneukirchen. In 1948 the company relocated to its present location in Geretsried. In the 1980's Maxima mandolin strings began growing in popularity among Japanese mandolin players and mandolin orchestras and today (under the Optima label) dominate the Japanese market. This is especially significant because in Japan, the classical mandolin is a very popular instrument and classical mandolin music is played everywhere at the high school and college level. Here in the United States, by contrast, the usual venues for mandolin are in the areas of bluegrass, folk, and country music.
In 2001, director E. Meinel retired, and the Maxima company was acquired by Helmut Haslinger. Mr. Haslinger renamed the company Optima Music Strings, and retained all of its experienced employees including product manager Meinel Wolfgang (product manager for Maxima Strings for twenty five years).
In 2013 early May, owner Mr. Haslinger retired and Optima has been taking place by Mrs. Claudia Schneider who is owner of SchneiderMusik company, one of the largest European dealers for strings and accessories.
Today, Optima strings are sold worldwide. As classical mandolin players, we, at Optima Strings USA, are proud to introduce Optima mandolin strings to the American market. We look forward to hearing from you.
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