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James A. Carpenter Instruments

July 23, 2022, 8:38 PM · I am wondering if anyone my own or have knowledge of a violin or viola made by James A. Carpenter of Quincy, IL. When a high school student in the mid-1960’s I visited Mr Carpenter’s workshop with my high school orchestra teacher, Mr Wayne Pyle. I recall he was working on several violins and a viola at the time. He apparently made some instruments with young students in mind and others suitable for more advanced players. Mr. Carpenter, a World War I veteran, was a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home and maintained his shop across the street from one of its gates. He came to Quincy in about 1913 and passed away there in 1966. I would like to here from anyone who owns, or may have played one of his instruments. Incidentally, this is not the James Carpenter who was an active luthier in Rhode Island.

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