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Mark O'Connor's cherished violin, The Cooper, undergoes serious repair

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Maine violin maker Jonathan Cooper repairs a cherished instrument

Grammy award winning violinist, Mark O'Connor, dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to perform last week in Sioux Falls, SD. Not only did he have a concert to play, but it was also being recorded for public radio. The fall caused several major cracks in the body of his precious instrument and he knew right away the damage was severe.

The first call he made was to his old friend in Portland, Jonathan Cooper, who carved the instrument a dozen years ago. Cooper understood the urgency and stated that, "Something like this is very traumatic for a musician. The instrument becomes a part of you. It's his voice."

Could he fix it?

Read more about O'Connor's violin and Cooper's brilliant repair process at Portland Press Herald