Today my good friend Ed McCoppin came over for a work visit. We finished off a couple of viola molds for a 15 1/2" Brescian model from one of the Strad magazine posters.
Ed is very good at this kind of thing as he was fromerly a pattern maker. He is also currently the president of the MVA (Michigan Violin Makers Assoc.) and a very good violin maker. He doesn't toot his own horn much so I am happy to do it for him. We go back a fair ways to when we met at Keith Doerr's when I was studying with Keith and his brother Ray in the early 90's. Seems like just a short while ago. Ed's always been very helpful to me loaning a tool or a hand whenever he can. I try to return the favor with what little I know that I can share with him.
Ed brought his camera so I'll upload a couple of the photos he took in a bit.
Hope to get together with my friend (and new fh member) John Sands tomorrow. We'll try to work up a few new sets of tunes for the local Irish session on Sunday. Johns a great fiddler, very clean and consise phrasing. I hope he may post some sound clips here at some point.
Good friends and good music, ahhh......Add Comment
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Playing Since: 1968
Experience Level: Purty Good
Occupation: violin maker
fiddle, guitar, mandolin and a little banjo
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started playing guitar in 1968, then banjo and mando. Took up fiddle in 1973 or 74 and it soon took over a good deal of my life. Ended up doing a four year violin making apprenticeship with Kieth Doerr (a great man and good friend) from 91-94. I also go in to Elderly Instruments one day a week where I manage their violin department being the resident violin "expert" (I laugh when I think of how much there is to know and how little of that knowledge is mine!). I play mostly northern stuff with an emphasis on Irish but also get together with my old timey friends regularly for some tunes.
'Letter to the North Pole' 14 hrs
'Maggie in the Wood' 1 day
'JEOPARDY (for fiddlers)' 2 days