A Brief History of the Music Stamp Series

Rob Tardik: inventor of the Music Stamp Series How did you come up with the Music Stamp Series? This is the question most often asked by friends, students, colleagues and customers.

…Well, quite honestly, out of necessity is the answer – is it not always the case? Born as my simple idea, just as most inventions usually are, I could not go on any longer trying to figure out all the sloppy notes that my music teachers were giving me for homework between my weekly guitar lessons! I got it in my head to somehow create a device to "STAMP" a fretboard diagram in my music notepad so that I could clearly read the chords and scales that I was trying to learn at the time.

It was the early 1980's when I wandered into a Grand and Toy, an office supplies store here in Toronto, and looked around for a stamp of some kind. We all have seen examples of rubber stamps that say things like, "Paid" or "Return". Obviously they did not have exactly what I was looking for right off the shelf, but they did make custom stamp designs upon request. So I simply had them build me 2 wooden block/handle type stamps with a fretboard, which I still have to this day. At the time these were perfect - an amazing time saver during lessons. Soon, I too became a guitar teacher and incorporated my stamps into all my teaching handouts. I continued using these 2 stamps for many good years with many students. Fellow teachers often inquired where I got these stamps and I kept repeating, "I just had them made at such and such store".

Finally one day, the business aspect of it all hit me square on the head! Why not take a stab at selling these stamps myself? However, there were several problems. First, the inkpads got dry way too fast and were VERY MESSY! Often they opened up unexpectedly inside my music briefcase and leaked ink, ruining my notes. Also the face of the rubber stamp was always exposed, leaving unwanted fretboard impressions stamped everywhere inside my briefcase and papers – an even greater MESS!! The solution came soon after I saw a self-inking type stamp in a magazine and immediately knew this was the answer! The new problem now was who would build these custom music stamps for my distinct and specific purpose. NO ONE really got it or was interested. After countless meetings, nobody seemed to recognize any business potential for this product. I needed large quantities to enable competitive pricing but had no purchase orders to support the new business venture.

This classic business start up challenge then turned into the classic tale of perseverance and knocking on many doors. After so many of the usual "NO" answers, I finally got the one golden "Yes" when I met Mr. Vic Treiguts from a company called Trodat. Vic simply said, "Ok let’s try this and see where it goes". Well 25 years later, here I am and The Music Stamp Series is now a full and ever-growing line of music accessories for the working musician, teacher and student!

The Moral of my story is never quit! Don’t give up on your dreams, passion, love and only HARD WORK will take you far on this ever twisting journey we call LIFE!!

Rob Tardik: inventor of the Music Stamp Series ~ Rob Tardik,
Inventor of The Music Stamp Series

In a career spanning over two decades, Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and contemporary jazz/world instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto last October. Rob enjoyed a stellar release with his 2011/12 3rd CD release Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) which spawned 3 U.S Billboard singles two of which went Top 10. Rob was featured on the cover story for the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Smooth Jazz News Magazine and his single “Christmas Morning” was Billboards most added holiday track last year. B.E.L.L. has also made the top 50 list of 2012 on SmoothJazz.com coming in at #15 and was a top 10 album (#6) for 2011 in “Smooth Jazz News magazine”. Café Jazz Radio named Rob the #1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist for 2011 and B.E.L.L. its #1 CD for 2011 as well, and “East meets Wes” the #1 single of the year.

Rob has kicked off the New Year in 2016 with his new up-tempo single, “Rite of Passage”, which is set to debut in late January and again place Rob on the Billboard U.S Smooth Jazz charts, while his new 5th Album “Moments” was just released in November 2015. His last single “RobBop” was the #2 most added new track on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts back in January. Rob released his 4th studio CD release “Limitless” which debuted at the end of summer 2013. His first single “One World” went to #1 on the charts for 3 weeks in summer/fall 2013. In 2010, Rob won the prestigious Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year; and held the #1 spot on the U.S.-based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 weeks in Sept/Oct 2010. Rob is currently on the guitar faculty at Metal Works Institute, the Merriam School of Music and studied music at York University in Toronto and has worked for Roland Canada as a guitar product specialist. Rob also holds diplomas in both recording engineering from TRW and in Media Arts from Humber College. Rob has also been honored being named Mississauga’s 2007 “Established Performer of the Year” for his musical contributions, an award won previously by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett. Rob is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars, Roland Canada and D’Addario Music.

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