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
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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.
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