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Geoffrey Ovington and John Dailey cello, 2022

Geoffrey Ovington and John Dailey cello, 2022 Geoffrey Ovington and John Dailey cello, 2022 Geoffrey Ovington and John Dailey cello, 2022
Catalog ID: N-CE/4238

American luthier Geoffrey Ovington (1946-2017) studied violin making with James Coggin in Manhattan before opening his own studio in upstate New York.

Ovington's instruments have won numerous awards, including medals at the Violin Society of America International Competitions. Many are played by professionals in prestigious European and American orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, who commissioned Ovington to make three violas in 1991.


Since 2008, John Dailey has been the head of the workshop at Carriage House Violins. He also maintains a career as a violin maker, building models based on Italian masters. John attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City from 1999 to 2003 where he studied violin making and its history, music theory, art, and technical drawing. He has worked with various luthiers including John Young and Ryan Soltis.

A constant innovator, John actively researches current technologies and how they can be applied to the craft of making and restoring instruments. In 2012, he gave a presentation at the Violin Society of America convention demonstrating how modern tools can be added to the techniques utilized by luthiers to maintain and enhance the structural integrity, authenticity, and performance qualities of the instruments with which we are entrusted.

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