Rich was a luthier in San Francisco. He owned Collopy Guitars in San Francisco and was a extremely nice man. Never over charged, was always more than helpful.
he set up my first mandolin and offered me some great advice and tips. He looked at my real first mando made of particle board and snicked when i asked if it was worth trying to make playable. he was a good man.
He set me up a few times after but was always super nice and friendly.
As mandolin players you know that finding a good "go to guy" can be hard. San Francisco bay area doesn't have many options, I don't know where I will go next. (if anyone has any ideas/recommendations please message me)
Play your softest melody, or your fastest pick tune for Rich tonight, knock back a beer or two, and think of all the amazing instruments he set up over his life and all the joy and love that music brought to every one.
Ah the power of music.