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Meet Franco Santarcangelo of The Windsmith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Franco Santarcangelo.

Franco, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m originally from Italy and moved to San Diego back in 1991.

For several years, I worked in the coffee business (coffee houses and coffee distribution).

I started at The Windsmith as an apprentice in 2000 under the previous owners. In 2006 I took over the business.

At that time the business was both retail and repair. In 2010 due to a sluggish economy I downsized the business to repairs only.

Today, The Windsmith is a two person operation but well known in town and beyond. We keep busy with professional musicians, students, and schools.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggle was between 2008 and 2010. That’s when I had to downsize the business due to the economic crisis and gradually let go of half a dozen employees.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Windsmith – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Windsmith is a repair shop for woodwind and brass musical instruments.

I’m a woodwind specialist and Jim Reeves is a brass specialist.

We work with professional musicians, students, and schools.

We are proud of our quality work at fair prices.

We have great online reviews and lots of word of mouth referrals.

Unlike some bigger stores we do all our repairs in house.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The weather and the layback feel but sometimes I miss thunder storms and the snow. Also not a big fan of the freeways traffic.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3875 Granada Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • Website:
  • Phone: 6192208984
  • Email:

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Tompkins-MacLaine

    December 1, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I used to work at the Windsmith and I loved it. (I am not one of the half-dozen employees that were down-sized.) I learned everything I know about instrumental repair from Franco and Jim Reeves was wonderful to work with. I take all my repair needs there and have never been anything but delighted with the quality of the work.

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