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    When I was building my first mandos in the late 70's and early '80s, I bought Siminoff's book, as well as Tom Morgan's F-5 plans. I corresponded with Tom regularly for several years, and he was a tremendous resource to me. We've never met, but I consider him a true friend. Realizing that it's been 20 years or so since I spoke with him, I'm wondering
    a.- is he still alive, and
    b.- if so, how can I contact him
    I heard he was sick a few years back... Can anybody fill me in? I still marvel at all the time he spent aswering my newbie questions.

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    I don't know anything about the man, but this little blurb about him says he now lives at Morgan Springs on Dayton Mountain in Rhea County Tennessee.
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    Thanks for your response, Bill. It's starting to look like nobody knows anything about Tom, which seems odd, considering the size of the mandocentric community. I could be wrong,but I believe that Tom drew up the first F5 plans- the set I got in '78 were updated in 1971 or so. So the originals were likely contemporaneous with Randy Woods first F5 copies.As far as I know, at least, and I don't object to being corrected. Years ago, in Frets magazine, there was an article contrasting the neck attachment systems of 3 prominent luthiers- Morgan( integral), Monteleone (dovetail), and Siminoff(dowelled mortise and tenon).
    Still looking for comments and info- I could not determine that the link Bill provided was current. In any case I'll try the address- same one I used to write to!

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    I just wish I had a set of his prints when I built my first mandolins from the Siminoff book in the late 70's.

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    Last I heard, he was still in the Dayton TN area where he has been for years. #I personally haven't seen him since the late 80's.



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    I saw Tom Morgan this summer while filming at the annual #Scopes Trial renactment in Dayton. #He was in a trio playing Monkey Trial songs before the show. #He played a home built F5 and a very nice herringbone D28.

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    Thanks guys- I really appreciate the news. I owe Tom one of those "I didn't fully appreciate your help when I was a callow youth" type letters. (I thought I did, but I realize now, as a middle aged guy, that I didn't totally get it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by (june39 @ Oct. 27 2005, 11:41)
    I saw Tom Morgan this summer while filming at the annual #Scopes Trial renactment in Dayton. #He was in a trio playing Monkey Trial songs before the show. #He played a home built F5 and a very nice herringbone D28.

    Doug McCash
    Thanks for info Doug. I thought I had seen a photo of him recently, one that proved he was still around and active. That's what it was. It may have been in Bluegrass Unlimited
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