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Time Out With Kevin Gallagher: Violin Restorer Brian Epp

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Violin Restorer Brian Epp

This is a very interesting show I did with violin restorer Brian Epp of Bethel, CT. We cover many of the areas of his work, in how he goes through the process of restoring a violin.

Brian Epp is a violin restorer who restores and repairs violins, violas, cellos and basses. He receives instruments that need restoring from people all over the country who find him through his website. Locally, he welcomes performers and students into his shop who have need of repairs. During the school year, orchestra teachers in the area host Mr. Epp, who gives lively motivational presentations to students in which he explains how bowed instruments are made, how they create sound, and they should be cared for.

Brian Epp’s specialty is retouching the finish on damaged bowed instruments. He receives many “attic heirloom” violins that have sentimental value to individuals and families, who need complete restoration of their treasured violins. He has owned his own violin restoration business for seven years. His training included studying with restorers and attending advanced restoration classes at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute at New Hampshire University.



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