Chris Jacoby manages the workshop at Potter Violins in Takoma Park, MD, and his handmade instruments are played in orchestras and ensembles around the world. He edits The Scroll magazine for The Violin Society of America, and is a regular contributor to industry publications.
February 5th, 2020 | Season 2 | 43 mins 30 secs
cello, landofi, luthier, omo, steve sincere, theft, theft ring, viola, violin, violin shop, violin theft
In the summer of 2015 a violin theft ring was operating in in the south eastern United States. Hear the story of how the arrest unfolded in Pablo Alfaro's shop.
December 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
bass, body ruin, body wear, cello, luthier, orchestra, pain, scars, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
What happens when the work you love endeavors to cripple you? How do luthiers maintain when the work they love is excruciatingly painful?
Ryan Davidson and the legendary David Wiebe weigh in.
November 27th, 2019 | Season 1 | 43 mins 28 secs
bass, cello, confessional, luthier, orchestra, st. omobono, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making, violin society of america, vsa
Chris, Jerry, and Rozie report on the Violin Society of American Convention in Dallas, luthiers confess to St. Omobono
October 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 31 mins 3 secs
bass, cello, devil, fiddle heads, gypsy, haunted violin, haunting, jancsi rigo, luthier, orchestra, paganini, romani, romani legend, thomas brown, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
The violin has a dark side, so much so that there are legends it was a creation of the devil. Chris and Rozie explore the Romani tale of the creation of the violin. Ben Hebbert shares dark stories in violinmaking history. Special thanks to Glen Gaudin for calling in with his haunted violin story! In the coda, Chris, Jerry, and Rozie tell the weirdest fiddle head they've ever encountered.
October 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
bass, cat calls, cello, greg sapp, industrial, jigs, life balance, luthier, mental health, milling machine, orchestra, restoration, strings, technology, viola, violin, violin making, violin restoration, wood shop, wood working
How much advanced technology is acceptable in instrument making & repair? Greg Sapp and Jerry Lynn disclose some of the machinery they work with and get jiggy. In our listener feedback segment, Chris, Jerry, and Rozie do a mental health checkup, followed by some incredibly appropriate Luthier Cat Calls.
September 18th, 2019 | Season 1 | 58 mins 25 secs
bass, cello, eating a strad, luthier, marilyn wallin, master & apprentice, orchestra, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making, violin society of america, vsa, vsa convention
Marilyn Wallin joins us for a guided tour of the Violin Society of America - sharing her early years submitting some of her very first instruments for judging, to later becoming the president. Also - what makes a healthy master/apprentice relationship? Chris, Jerry, & Rozie share some thoughts and look forward to hearing from you. Come see us at the VSA Conference, November 8 & 9, in Dallas TX.
August 21st, 2019 | Season 1 | 55 mins 3 secs
bass, ben hebbert, bow making, cello, learning trade secrets, luthier, luthier books, next generation, orchestra, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
How do we pass on our training to the next generation, today? Join us for a chat with Ben Hebbert, and following an interview with Rodney Mohr and his daughter, Kate Mohr. In our listener feedback segment, we cover: what are the top 5 books for a beginner luthier to own?
August 7th, 2019 | Season 1 | 41 mins 27 secs
bass, cello, italian luthier, luthier, orchestra, sofia vettori, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
We chat with a 3rd generation Italian luthier, and take a listener question: what were your early fears in starting in this career?
July 17th, 2019 | Season 1 | 49 mins 18 secs
bass, cello, learning trade secrets, luthier, oberlin, orchestra, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making, violin restoration, woodworking
Rozie reports live from the Oberlin Ohio restoration workshop, chatting with luthiers from various parts of the world.
July 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 34 mins 34 secs
bass, cello, guadagnini, luthier, orchestra, quiz show, trivia, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making
We take Luthier vs. Luthier one step further - in Guadagnini Trivia. Guests Chris Ulbricht and John Thorell battle for dominance. Who will tell us the five cities Guadagnini lived in? Who knows how many strings a viola d'amore has? Who will win the genuine St. Omobono thimble from Cremona?
June 19th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 38 mins
beau hannam, guitar making, guitars, luthier, matt eich, violin making, violins
Chris and Rozie interview major contributors to this field: guitar luthiers. We celebrate our similarities as wew welcome Beau Hannam, custom guitar and Uke maker as well as Matt Eich of Mule Resophonic Guitars.
June 5th, 2019 | Season 1 | 58 mins 50 secs
bass, cello, freemans auction, learning trade secrets, luthier, orchestra, river fiddle, vintage violins, viola, violin, violin maker, violin making, violin restoration
How is the River Fiddle restoration going? What is it like to attend a violin auction? What's the scoop taking classes at Learning Trade Secrets? We catch up at cover listener questions.