This is from the gee whiz category.
I was talking with some friends about the on line community here at Mandolin Cafe, and a half thought kind of evolved.
What about a coffee table book "a pictorial history of the mandolin."
With contributions from long standing cafe members, pictures of significant mandolins owned by different members, contributions from Gibson, Martin, as well as Weber other smaller shop builders and independant luthiers, and the off shore builders too like Eastman.
Sections on all the different kinds of mandolin music extant in the world, with high res pics of performers and instruments.
It would be a labor of love for a lot of people here, and a labor of labor for many as well so we would have to work that out so that nobody was taken advantage of. The book could be published under the Mandolin Cafe logo -
I know of various organizations that have self published a book that was then purchased by most the members, and also available outside. They basically broke even on the membership sales and made a little on outside sales. In some antique collectors organization the book became a kind of reference - and those whose personal treasures were pictured in the book saw their antiques go up in value - now that there was a book that explained the uniqueness of them.
One of my greatest assets is that I have no idea what I am talking about. So I am not impeded in my enthusiasm by the cold hard facts that prove that all endeavor is impossible.
But it would be cool to have such a book. And perhaps it could make a little money for Scott and the site.