Music Man: WWII Vet Collects Rare Instruments


(KUSA) A 95-year-old WWII veteran believes music is the key to life. 

Virgil Hughes is an antique collector from Denver, Colorado. He owns dozens and dozens of old instruments, some of which he built by hand. 

“He joined the Army at the outset of World War II,” said Margaret Devere, a friend of Hughes’. “Stayed in the Army for years, but due to his particular assignments he had free time when he was waiting for the next assignment, so he decided to start building hurdy-gurdies and dulcimers.”

What he couldn’t build, he bought, continuing his collection, which is not yet complete. 

Almost every instrument is playable, or in the process of becoming playable, thanks to Hughes’ handiwork. 

Hughes often lends his antique instruments to production companies, shooting shows, or movies set in eras when the instruments were more widely used.


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