History


The Company was founded in 1987 as TransPerformance, LLC by Neil Skinn for the purpose of developing self-tuning systems for guitars and other stringed instruments. AxCent Tuning Systems, LLC acquired the assets and intellectual property of TransPerformance, LLC in August 2008.

AxCent’s product development team has over 35 years of experience in the self-tuning instrument field. Neil Skinn, 56, has product development skills in mechanical engineering, CAD (computer aided design), CAM (computer aided machining), and CNC (computer numeric control machining). Frank Strazzabosco, 51, is an Electrical/Electronics and Software Engineer with experience in designing a wide range of commercial, medical and aerospace products.

In 1990, TransPerformance delivered the first working system to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, who is commonly referred to as the “master of open tunings”. Today, Mr. Page owns three of our self tuning guitars and plays them regularly. Mr. Page is shown here playing his favorite self-tuning equipped guitar on December 10, 2007 at a Led Zeppelin benefit concert in London, England.

Our products are derived from our patented “open loop calibration” technology and include accessories, after market products and educational aides to compliment our products. The Company’s patented technology has the potential for development of tuning systems for other musical instruments as well. Future products, such as bass guitars, pianos and harps, to name a few, are potential candidates for future development. It is the intention of the Company to continually conceive and develop new products and to retain our status as the “gold standard” in the field of self-tuning musical instruments.