One doesn't even have to enter the historic Loomis Hill School House on the corner of Harris and Howlett Hill Roads to know that there is something special about this one room school house built in 1853.
Since 1990, Harry Eibert has called the old school house his place of business and his home.
"I think I am the fourth owner of the house since it was built. A lot of rooms have been added on over the years," Eibert said. "I purchased the home because it was zoned for residential and commercial."
For over 31 years, Eibert has been repairing and making various stringed instruments. His story is one that took him to Nashville and back again.
"I started out by repairing my own instruments because I didn't have the patience to wait for my own guitar, banjo or mandolin to be repaired," Eibert said. "I worked in a couple local shops and then moved to Nashville where I worked in various shops, with many talented people; I also owned H.F Eibert Stringed Instruments in Manlius from 1983 to 1991."
In 1990, Eibert added a studio on to his home and now does all of his work from there.
"Most of my business is by word of mouth. The majority of my work comes from out-of-state," Eibert said. "People find out about my business from my website eibertstringedinstruments.com, and I travel to three or four instrument shows around the country every year."
The quality of Eibert's work draws people from around the country. H.F. Eibert Stringed Instruments specializes in repair, restoration, construction, and insurance appraisals of stringed instruments. Eibert also buys and sells instruments.
"I just had a gentleman from Virginia who was attending a business conference in Albany drive up to drop off an instrument to me," Eibert said. "I am also working on a guitar that belonged to the great-great uncle of a family from Washington, D.C. The guitar is from 1830."