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Master Violin Maker
Edward C. Campbell

Master Violin Maker
Nelson P. Steffy

Ed Campbell, and his wife Mary, opened The Chimneys Violin Shop in 1960. Ed earned international recognition for his 3 Gold Medals, 11 Certificates of Merit, and 16 Grand Prizes received in International Competition for making violins, violas, and celli. This recognition led to a demand for his knowledge and methods of violin making.

In 1978 they expanded their facility and began The Chimneys Violin Making Apprentice Program to teach others how to design, make, set up, and repair world class instruments. They expanded again in 1988 and today continue teaching these same principals with space for 8 students. Instructor, Master Violin Maker Nelson Steffy, apprenticed at The Chimneys and was hired as a Violin Maker. Four years later he earned a Master Violin Maker Certificate and began teaching the program.

Nelson sees the violin as a mechanical acoustical amplifier. Making it look right is only a small part of making it work right. The more one understands how this beautiful instrument works, the better equipped they are to optimize the way it plays and sounds. Our teaching, making, setups, and repair work are all built on 50 years of experience and dedication to excellence.

We would love to make you a great instrument, find you one, or make the one you have and love sound better.

Ed and Nelson

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