Mel Schilling started in high fidelity in 1947, building amplifier and preamplifier kits while in high school. At the same time, he took piano lessons that fueled his keen interest in music. Later on, he studied piano at the Philadelphia Musical Academy under the world-renowned Helene Diedrichs, and attended Temple University to further his musical education. In 1952, Mr. Schilling started to give piano lessons to earn a living. This continued until 1968 when he purchased the retail store "Lectronics" of City Line Center, Philadelphia that was then owned by Irving M. Fried of IMF Loudspeakers and Fried Loudspeaker fame. And the rest, as they say, is Hi-Fidelity!
Coincidentally, my old boss at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, from 1970 to 1979, was Bernard E. Epstein, who lives in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Aida Epstein, a piano teacher. Aida Epstein has concertized. Mr. Epstein majored in music education at Temple University.
Several years ago, I sent Mr. Epstein a copy of my book, Significant Moments.