Yeah.... I've heard ole William Smith Monroe make that 'Notes Good!' comment about very few mandolins.....
Dan, put me on the list for a coffee table book. When will they be available?
I'll employ the method my kids use.....
"Come on, Darryl! Please! Please! Please!!!"
The first step will probably include digitizing some of my 100,000+ 35mm pics...with that and Dans stuff we could do it right
Darryl, with that many 35mm shots, if you have the negatives to all those, I would suggest a negative or film scanner. The resolution of most of these will rival today's digital cameras. Plus, it would be easier than trying to scan that many 35mm prints I would think. Anyway, sounds like a neat project.
It doesn't seem that many years ago I joined others in persuading Mike Longworth to write a little history book - only to have him return the favor by writing asking me to draft a letter with a sales forecast for his publisher.
If I could bend Darryl's ear today, I think I would suggest the F-5 Journal should be published on DVD(s). This is the only way I can imagine keeping all those wonderful photos in a large, high resolution format. Not only can we have photos of each and every instrument, but the DVD offers us the ability to accompany the pictures with sound files of the instruments, players, builders - you name it. And you can still print the pictures you want to sit on the coffee table!
Very nice...I had not seen this one. This instrument has a transitional look to it. It has the orange coloration, well defined grain lines in the top and slightly prominent bindings and scroll work that are usually associated with the April mandolins...yet the edges of the sunburst are of the walnut color associated with July and December 23's.
In my opinion, the height of the Loar period. (along with the Dec. 11 batch)
Dan,Originally Posted by (danb @ Feb. 28 2005, 10:26)
This scroll from JR's Loar makes a great computer screen background!
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A coffe book is better since you can take it anywhere without electricty and still look at it in daylight. Getting the info and the photos is not the problem. The problem is the $$$$$. If every comando kicks in $100 towards the cause and a signed limited edition copy of the first printing is the reward it could fly easily. I'll kick in $500 for my first 5 copies.
Unfortunately, I don't think you're any where close on the price of the book. I'm afraid what everyone wants is likely to cost something more like a set of encyclopedias! 270 full page front, full color pictures, 270 full page, full color back pictures, 270 full page, full color headstocks, scrolls or other detail pictures. Any how could we leave out the 270 Loar signatures?
Coated paper, hardcover, perfect binding...whew.
So far I've printed the 100 or so pictures I wanted IN FULL COLOR on 80 lb. 8 1/2 x 11 glossy stock which cost $12 a rheem and I've spent $102 on ink and $18 for the binder and protective plastic sheets. It's pretty impressive but if I print one more signature I'm going to be sent away for a full mental evaluation!
And we want the 4/C pics to be liquid laminated. I think this would be a floor book and would be great.
johnwilson...no kidding? I'm impressed with your interest in the subject
I thought we are talking "coffee table" sized book not a little 8X10. They start at 9X10 and go up to 11X17.
Now if you got a good front and back on one page,the detail shots of the headstock,scroll,signature,serial no. on the back of that page that is only one page per Loar.
I don't think photos of 270 Loars are out there yet.
Go with what is out there along with reading information in big print so grade 3 school kids and seniors can read it and you got a nice easy to handle 250 page book.
Up my order to 6 signed copies.
Sorry, typo, meant to say they start at 9X12!
I put this here instead of starting a new thread..but
Here is the inlay on my 1925 A-2. It's a fairly obscure pattern that I've seen only a few times. I noticed this weekend while picking it some that it is cut entirely from one piece of pearl....and it combines both open technique and closed technique whereby you have to drill holes to insert the saw blade when cutting...very very strange. The two std patterns on Loars are either one way or the other.