NAPBIRT University
String I Course
October 10-13, 2016
8:30 am - 5:30 pm



Host:   Bill Mathews - napbirt@napbirt.org    309.452.4257

Location:   [ Map Link ]
 
NAPBIRT Technical Training Center
2026 Eagle Rd
Normal, IL 61761


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Level One Course

The NAPBIRT University Level One Orchestral String Course will be an intensive four-day clinic. No prior string skills are required to attend. The course will cover the basic repair techniques that are required to maintain a rental pool of string instruments. The class will be tailored to the skill levels of the participants. Each participant will need to bring the string repair tools listed in the link below:

Included in the materials charge, each student will receive a 4/4 violin that is in the white (no varnish) condition. This violin will be used during the course as a practice piece. At the end of the clinic, each student will be able to keep the violin.

Subjects to be covered but not limited to will include the following:
  • Proper setup of orchestral strings
  • Shop setup for string repair
  • Basic tools
  • Tool sharpening
  • Peg fitting
  • Bridge fitting: Violin, Viola and Cello
  • Sound post fitting
  • Fingerboard dressing, removal and installation
  • Fabricating nuts and saddles
For more information or to ask questions, contact:
Lee Hirschmann: info@thebandshoppemd.com


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Lee Hirschmann grew up in a very mechanically inclined and musical family. Since the 6th grade, he knew that he wanted to build and repair musical instruments. He has 20 years' experience playing musical instruments, 11 years of retail experience and has worked in every aspect of music retail from managing music stores, teaching private lessons, repairs, sales, customer service and having his own repair business for stringed instruments. Lee has been building guitars since 2003.

In 2007, Lee graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and started Hirschmann's Guitar Repair, servicing instruments for private customers and many local music stores, studios and local music venues. In addition to repairing, he continued building custom and prototype guitars for Pat Murray Guitar Co.

In 2011, Lee graduated from Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Red Wing's BIRT program. After graduation, he worked at the Music & Arts refurb center in Frederick, MD. He worked full time at Bill's Music House. During his time at Bill's, he's hosted many back-to-school nights, guest taught and lectured at local colleges, hosted emergency repair services at adjudications and competitions, exhibited at MEA conferences. In June of 2016, Lee left Bill's Music house and dissolved Hirschman's Guitar Repair to start a new company "The Band Shoppe". Lee has been a proud and continuous member of NAPBIRT since 2012.


Safety glasses are required for all NAPBIRT University courses.
If you do not bring your own, we will provide them.



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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

NOTE:   Seating is limited to 6 registrations.

Course Fee:   $640.00
Materials Fee:   $200.00
Total:   $840.00

*   Scholarships are available for this course.   Click Here for details.


By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

Online Registration Form




Lodging - not part of registration fee
 
Baymont Inn & Suites - Normal    309.454.4070
6 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761