In 1989 Lewis Main Jr. suggested that I study with Ed Campbell at the Chimneys Violin Making School in Boiling Springs Pennsylvania.
I studied with Ed in January 1990. Ed has won many awards for his violins and runs one of the best violin making schools in the country.
He is very active in the Violin Society of America and is much sought after as a clinician.
I am very proud of my teachers and the training they have given me.
I am deeply indebted to them for their help and guidance.
I can only hope that my work will reflect their greatness.
My Violin Makers Tree (French School)
Jean B. Vuillaume
1798 - 1875
Paul Bailly1844 - 1907
1844 - 1942
Lewis L. Main
1909 - 1993
Lewis L. Main Jr.
Lewis Main Jr. learned violin making from his father. His work bench was directly across from his father’s at the Main’s Violin Shop in Long Beach California. Their customers included professional musicians from various symphonies, soloists, recording studios and serious students in Southern California.
Lew made Stradivarius and Guarneri model violins. The violin he made for Camilla Wicks was a great instrument as hailed by the critics after one of her performances. They were amazed by the sound. They said that the tone of the violin was that of a Strad on E, A, D strings but the G strings sounded like a Del Gesu. They asked Camilla which Strad she was playing on. She told them it was made for her by Lewis Main Jr.His favorite model to make was the 1741 Guarneri Del Gesu model. His violas were modeled after Stradivarius and Amati. Lew made three Strad model cellos. Lew varnished all of his instruments with the Strad 1704 formula perfected by his father. Lew did his own experiments with the varnish to make it more durable and lustrous. Lew’s favorite color varnish was golden red-orange which was the color used by Guarneri Del Gesu. Lew’s years of playing the violin professionally, gave him a keen understanding of what tone quality and playability should be for a high-quality instrument. Lew’s knowledge, skill and expertise are well known in the music industry.
Gregory J. Eckes