Dear Cafe guests
I just have to share my horrible experience with you, also in case someone of you might stumble upon it out there in the world.
In the process of moving from Denmark to Providence Rhode Island I just lost my 1915 Gibson A-1. While I was trying to juggle my three suitcases and sleeping daughter out of the bus, through the snow and into a waiting car I forgot my mandolin under the bus seat. I have called all kinds of lost and founds and waited on hold with the busline for the better part of the past few days, and ... nothing. Of course no one turned it in. I really hope I would have had the combination of decency and valor it would take to turn in such an instrument if I found one - but I coudnl't know for sure. Anyway I feel so incredibly stupid and I have an empty hole in my chest like when you're suffering over love - I never had this feeling for an object before.
I didn't keep a record of the serial number (stupidly!) but I was able to track it to 1915 once. It is niquotine orange and has a very nice laquer, it doesn't have its original bridge because I fitted it with a Fishman pick-up to play electrically. It is in its original black wooden case with green plush. If anyone stumbles upon a mandolin like this that someone is offering for sale or that lies on the floor of a bus running between New York and Boston, or in a lost and found office somewhere, please think of me. I will give the best reward my meager funds permit.
Otherwise take this as a moral tale and remember to never, never ever, leave your mandolin underneath a bus seat - keep it on your lap, tie it to your leg - but never lay it out of sight when anything might distract you.
Magnus - Providence, RI