Bothners music legacy



Paul Bothner Music’s South African origins date back to around 1902, when Charles Bothner, a piano tuner by trade, emigrated from Switzerland and set up shop in Cape Town.

The business was soon importing and selling pianos. Over the next 50 years, with contributions from his wife and sons, Paul Bothner became a household name, nationwide.


1969 saw the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and The Who performing at the legendary Woodstock festival. This was a vibrant period for music, and a fitting time for the founding of Paul Bothner Music in its current form, as a full­-service musical instrument and equipment retailer!


Starting with one store in Claremont, Cape Town, the business has now expanded to six Paul Bothner Music stores in the Western Cape; four Village Music stores, located in Centurion, Durban, Bloemfontein, and Kimberley; and an online store. Our  online store offers you the same winning formula of professional advice, great product selection, and full after­-sales service nationwide.