There's a fella in my workplace, who walked into a conversation a friend of mine and I were having, about mandolins.
He told us how his dad, a WWII Vet, used to play his mandolin all the time. He vividly remembered a Polish song that his dad played on the mando whenever he picked up the instrument.
After telling me that his dad had passed, I asked him if he knew what became of his dad's mandolin. He said his sister had it.
Now I had a choice...I could advise him to find out what it was, (or "is") because of the potential value of a Gibson, (for one), and or any other instrument of that era; or I could play dumb with him, and ask simply if he and his sister had ever considered selling it, not letting on about potential value.
You'd be proud of me, (those of you with ethics as a motto...cough,cough), as I chose to do the former, and suggested he ask his sister what the brand name was on the Headstock, and on the label in the interior.
I figure that if the instrument was being played in WWII, it could very well be a 1920 - 1945 build at the very least. So I discussed with him the potential value of that instrument, and so forth.
Today when I see him in Engineering, or in the various other spots I run across him, I'll ask him what he learned. It will be interesting.
The fella who I was talking with origionally, (a fellow Mando player), suggested to me: "I don't think you could have NOT told him of the potential value; it would go against your ethical frame!" To which I replied, "yea; for about five minutes anyway!!"
More to follow, as I learn more......
Music is not the most important thing in life, but it sure is at the top of the list!! -SC
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