Since June 2009, Music Peyer has been under the ownership of Judith Smith who established this business with Max Peyer since commencing her employment in 1972.

Reflections on the life and work of Max Peyer

Max Peyer came to South Africa in December 1958, travelling from Switzerland on his motor bike with side car. Arriving with very little money in his pocket, he thought that he could earn some money quickly so that he could travel back home. However, his earning potential was stifled by the immigration department only issuing him with a work permit for the Swiss diplomas he had for Commercial Photography and not as musician.

He played bassoon in the then Cape Town Municipal Orchestra Thursday Symphony Concerts as an extra to further his income. This also proved to be insufficient to help raise the money he needed to return home and he then started repairing string instruments at night as he was was told that he is not allowed to work on any of his other professions without a valid permit for three years.

During that time he took the opportunity to travel around South Africa and later some neighbouring countries. He fell in love with South Africa and did not return to Switzerland as he had planned. From 1970 he moved from the City to the City Bowl area of Vredehoek where he started his music business then known as Selected Musical Instruments. After numerous assistants over the years I, Mrs Judith Smith started working as an assistant to Mr Peyer in 1972. A few years later we had Mrs B. Sassman joining and in 2001 the business relocated to Pinelands.

After Mrs Sassman left, Ms Erica Everts joined and thereafter Mrs L. Bishop started working at this long standing establishment.

Mr Peyer passed on 28 May 2009 and we decided to take on the challenge of continuing the business and legacy of Music Peyer, as he wished. Ms Erica Everts left in the interim and was replaced by another accountant Fiona Josephs.

We wish to continue to serve the Classical world with the specialised skills taught by the late master Max Peyer.

Judith Smith
Sole Proprietor