We’re very excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our string technician staff in our repair shop, Ben Parrott. Learn more about him by reading our quick Q&A with him below!
Position: String Instrument Technician
Start Date: June 2017
Training or Education:
Graduated from Indiana University School of Music in 1999 with an A.S. in String Instrument Technology. Worked in Philadelphia at Paul Stevens Violins until 2000. Worked for Casa Del Sol Violins until I started working for myself as a full time violin maker in 2001.
Where are you from originally:
What instruments do you play:
Classical guitar, violin and a small amount of cello.
What do you enjoy most about being a technician:
I enjoy helping an instrument play to its full potential which also helps the player reach their musical goals.
What is the most unusual repair you’ve had to deal with:
Most unusual would have to be the 18th century violin that had the top crushed from a falling bottle of water.
What is your most memorable musical experience:
Listening to, and talking with Janos Starker about his cello in the shop. He also mentioned his classical guitar to me several times that was given to him by Andres Segovia.