George Koregelos, the founder of HW Products, opened House of Woodwinds in Oakland, California in 1960. In a few short years his talent as an instrument repair technician was attracting world-renown performers such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Robert Stolzman, Stan Getz, Lew Tabackin, and Lenny Pickett. From 1980-1995 he produced top-of-the-line hand crafted gold and silver flutes that are now sought after by serious players and collectors alike.
As is the case with many innovators, George sought to find better solutions for a cleaning and protecting woodwind and brass instruments which led to the development of the HW Pad-Saver in 1975.
Not only did the Pad-Saver (previously known as the "Shove-It") forever change the way woodwind players cleaned moisture and debris from their instruments, it gained such popularity that it was featured in the legendary television game show 'The All New Liar's Club', as well as making an appearance in the movie ‘Byrd.' In 2000, HW Brass-Saver was added to the range, giving brass players a safe and effective way to clean the inside of their horns.