Re: Galloup School of Lutherie
I attended the "journeyman" program at Galloup a few years ago. I will attest that the school is well-organized, well-appointed (in terms of tools and equipment), very safety conscious, and provides a thorough base in information and hands-on skills needed. Bryan is indeed an exceptionally talented luthier, but be aware that the courses are taught by teachers (trained by Bryan), and not by Bryan himself. He will come in and do some demonstrations, but he is not the daily instructor... the school is a business that he developed alongside his luthiery business. That said, I liked my teachers and assistants, and they were helpful and responsive to me as a learner. They are committed to running a serious trade school.
For me, Galloup was the best choice at the time. I was in my early 40's and in between jobs-- had always wanted to learn more about building and repair, and was considering whether it was something that could be a career change for me. I learned what I went there to learn. I think it was an excellent value... for me that was partly b/c there was a short course (8 week) program available and b/c lodging was included. If I was considering training for a career in luthiery as a much younger person, I would recommend their longer course and also consider looking into Roberto-Venn and Redwing and compare the programs for what suits you best.
If you have specific questions about the Galloup school and my experiences there, you are welcome to PM or email me, and I'd be happy to share what I can.
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