Hi - Thanks for visiting my web site.
I have played and collected violins and violas since 7th grade --- that was in 1956 or so. I have played in community orchestras and string quartets since college -- that was in 1960 or so. These include USC Symphony, Columbia Symphony, UNC Symphony, Greenville SC Symphony (9 years), Augusta GA Symphony, and various event orchestras.
I'm really a geologist with interests in environmental monitoring, uranium, gold, and rare earths. But music is my passion, and fiddles are the tools of my passion.
Over the years, I learned to repair instruments, and for a few years I have bought and sold instruments and bows.
I have about 50 personal instruments, and also have contacts with importers of fine Chinese and European instruments. I do not maintain a store front, and deal only within about 100 miles of Columbia, S.C. Because I do not maintain a store, I can offer really good prices on instruments.
You may contact me through the "contact us" page. Again - THANK YOU
I play in a local community orchestra www.lmso.org. We are actually pretty good -- check the website, and catch a concert or two. www.lmso.org
I am also in a string quartet called "simply strings." Our website is at:http://www.simplystringsquartet.com/. In the group photo, I am the guy with grey hair.
I really like old-time and similar music. I am a regular at the Galax Virginia Old Time Fiddlers convention.
My favorite musicians are too many to number, but include
Andrea Hoag - www.andreahoag.com. I learned some really nice Swedish tunes from her. For old-time, Rafe Stefanini. Also John Hofmann and Mare Holloway at Fairgrove Music in Thomasville, N.C. -- fairgrovemusic.com. They are great people and John is one of the best bluegrass fiddlers around. And did I mention Anna-Wendy Stevenson? Or Ruthie Dornfeld?