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date: 18 October 2019

Lundberg, Robert locked

  • Howard Schott

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(b Berkeley, CA, June 25, 1948; d Portland, OR, March 3, 2001). American luthier. He attended Summerhill school in England. Having developed craft skills through constructing models, and repairing and rebuilding vehicles, he began to make musical instruments as a hobby. In 1971 he began an apprenticeship with Paul Schuback, a Portland, Oregon violin maker trained in Mirecourt, and in 1973 became a journeyman in the workshop of the Swiss lute maker Jacob van de Geest at Vevey. During these years Lundberg photographed, measured and studied lutes and viols in European collections. By the mid-1970s he had established his own workshop in Portland, and gained a reputation as an important maker of lutes and related instruments on historical models; he produced about 400 in total. Lundberg also restored historical instruments for museums and collectors, and freely shared his knowledge with apprentices. He lectured frequently on lute construction, in particular at the Erlangen ...

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