Bill has been involved in the music business since 1975, as a teacher, repair person, and store owner. He and Pat have operated Atlanta Violins since its inception in 1993.
While our shop is a full service facility, including sales and rentals, Bill’s main interest is in repair and restoration. Bill has spent several summers at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire and at Hans Nebel’s repair and restoration workshops in Massachusetts. He performs all of our in-depth antique instrument restorations, giving new life to quality instruments once left to gather dust.
Perfecting repair technique is a lifetime job, much like learning to play a stringed instrument. At Atlanta Violins our goal is to always work toward providing the highest degree of professional work at a reasonable price.
Matt heads our repair department and handles almost all customer work. He is especially fond of varnish and touch-up work, making good use of his art school past & training. A creative and innovative master craftsman, Matt has a special gift for pioneering new techniques and incorporating a wide variety of approaches and tools to achieve remarkable results.
Prior to her retirement, co-owner Pat McClain handled all of the bow work at Atlanta Violins. She spent the better part of 2 decades rehairing and repairing bows, having studied for several summers at The Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire, and more recently at Michael Vann's workshop in Victoria, BC.
Pat continues to assist Atlanta Violins during our busiest seasons, as well as helping out on a fill-in basis, as needed.
Isaac Stroupe hails from the beautiful hills of North Carolina. He loves all things old-time music, and has the oldest heart ever found in a strapping young man. Isaac started as our cabin boy, but progressed quickly and now has become an impressive luthier and archetier in his own right.
Since Pat's retirement, Isaac handles virtually all of the bow work at Atlanta Violins, having received extensive training under Pat's watchful eye. Bow rehairing is a highly specialized skill which requires one person giving it their full attention. Usually a bow brought in will be ready for you the following day. If necessary a "loaner" bow can be arranged.
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