Re: Loar migration
here is an excerpt from notes I have on the provenance of signed Loar 73013 dated April 25, 1923-
*The mandolin was taken to the music store and sold by one Arnold Keppel in 1984. It had belonged to his father, H.C. (Harold) Keppel, of New Haven, Connecticut, who had purchased it new in 1923. H.C. Keppel had died around 1932, and the mandolin had not been played since his death. H.C. Keppel had been the owner of a cigar importing company in New Haven, and had been an active musician from around 1900 to the time of his death in 1932. In the case is a small 3 1/2" x 5" brochure of one of the bands H.C. Keppel was a part of, named Century Mandolin Orchestra, of New Haven, Connecticut. The brochure includes a black and white photo of the orchestra. The band is comprised of eight very distinguished gentlemen, all wearing matching tuxedos with white shirts and white bow ties. They all appear to be around the age of 35 to 40. Mr. Keppel seems to be featured as his seat is in the middle, and the arrangement makes him appear to be the nucleus of the group. In this photo, he is playing an F2. This is the only F model mandolin in the photo. There are 4 other A model mandolins, one H1 or 2 mandola one K1 mando-cello, and a Style U harp guitar. All are Gibson instruments. Mr. Roach has other photos of H.C. Keppel playing high grade tenor and plectrum B&D Silverbell banjos, as well as B&D Silverbell banjo mandolins but no photos of him with the F5. Mr. Roach informed me that the mandolin came to him in excellent, original condition, and that the neck had definitely not been refinished, and that the bridge was thinned when he got it. Therefore, it would have had to been done no later than the time of H.C. Keppel's death, or at the Gibson factory. Perhaps this was something done by Mr. Keppel's contemporaries in an effort to modify tone. Mr. Roach never changed this bridge, and thought it sounded wonderful with the original bridge. Mr. Roach assured me he had not had any repairs or any work performed on the mandolin.*
That Loar migrated from Ct to Mass, to Nashville then to Ohio.
Last edited by Brian Aldridge; Sep-19-2009 at 9:31pm.
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