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16 1/4" James McKean viola, New York 1998

16 1/4" James McKean viola, New York 1998 16 1/4" James McKean viola, New York 1998 16 1/4" James McKean viola, New York 1998
Catalog ID: C-2957

American luthier James McKean was among the first group of students at the Violin Making School of America, founded in Salt Lake City in 1973. After graduating in 1977, McKean moved to New York City where he spent the next four years working under the noted luthier Vahakn Nigogosian learning the techniques of repair, restoration, and setup. In his own workshop, which he opened in 1981, McKean became a prolific maker of violins, violas, and cellos, which have earned him numerous awards in international competitions. Since 2006, he has continued to build instruments from his workshop in Westchester County.

As corresponding editor to Strings magazine, McKean has written extensively over the past thirty years on all aspects of the violin. His articles have also appeared in The Strad, and his memoir, Art's Cello—about building a cello together with New York luthier Guy Rabut in memory of their colleague Arthur Toman—was selected by its publisher, Kindle Singles, as one of the twenty best books of the year.

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