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Legacies Project Oral History: Herb David

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:05am

Herb David was an Ann Arbor luthier.  Originally a research psychologist, David was taught how to make and repair stringed instruments by his mentor, Sarkis "Sam" Varjebedian.  At the age of 30, David started Herb David Guitar Studio, a shop where he produced, repaired, and sold guitars, dulcimers, harps, banjos, and many other types of stringed instruments.  He passed away on July 25, 2020.

Herb David was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2016 as part of the Legacies Project.

Herb David Demonstrates How to Play An Appalachian Dulcimer, March 1963 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Herb David Demonstrates How to Play An Appalachian Dulcimer, March 1963 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 1, 1963
Caption
Makes Music: Former research psychologist Herb David plays an Appalachian dulcimer by using a goose quill to pluck the strings the way Americans played the instrument in years past while sitting on their proches in the mountains of the eastern United States

Herb David Builds An Appalachian Dulcimer, March 1963 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Herb David Builds An Appalachian Dulcimer, March 1963 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 1, 1963
Caption
Builds Appalachian Dulcimer: Herb David is shown here working on an Appalachian dulcimer in his State St. string instrument shop.

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August
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1860
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1860
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1860
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Mark Schwartz Violin Shop, 1974

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Shar Music Co., 1970

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Ann Arbor Music Mart, 1977

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