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For decades, practically every big circus on the road had a black band and minstrel company attached to its sideshow, performing on the streets and inside the sideshow tent before people of all races, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the southern reaches of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. During the 1910s, these companies constituted a significant pathway for the dissemination of ragtime, blues, and jazz." - Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff, Ragged But Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs", And The Dark Pathway To Blues And Jazz

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« on: January 11, 2009, 03:24:55 AM »
Thought I would give our homegrown UK luthier, Rick Sellens a plug for the work he has just carried out on a little period piece I aquired some time ago in one of my various vintage guitar trades! It's a really loud little beast of parlour guitar that has more patination than you can shake a stick at, it weighs virtually nothing and is thought to be European c1900.

It had been set up for lap... yes lap, aeons ago but even for lap the fret markers were somewhat suspect and the neck was also more than a little off course, but since I thought it was about time I attempted to play like the rest of you, it would be a lovely thing to start on  :D So armed with reccomendations by Natterjack, Blueshome et al off it went to Rick who has done fantastic job of grafting a new fingerboard ontop of the existing curved one, the work was then road tested by Parlour Picker and Blueshome with no complaints.

Yesterday I grafted on an old and battered trapeze tailpiece which is far more in keeping than original the aluminium monstrosity so all I have to do now is learn to hold it the other way up....  :-X

Attached are a couple of pics plus one of the 'orrible orignal tailpiece.

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« Last Edit: July 13, 2009, 03:42:20 PM by Johnm »
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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