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If you can’t make beautiful music, its OK

David Kerr opened his shop 25 years ago with a desk, a phone and little else. But since then, driven by a little cash and a lot of passion, his violin restoration business at 516 S.E. Morrison St. has gained wide renown. 'We're known nationally and internationally as a restoration shop for high-end string instruments,' said Kerr, a violinist himself. The inventory of violins, violas, cellos, small instruments and bows carried by David Kerr Violin Shop Inc. is among the largest in the Northwest. Kerr is particularly proud of his instrument rental program. He established it as his business began to grow to encourage players of all ages and musical tastes to embrace their musical passions. 'Most violin shops cater to classical musicians,' he says. 'But we're one of the few shops that encourage anyone to play regardless of what their musical tastes are. It is most exciting getting people turned on to music.'

Ñ Daniel J. Curran