Scholarship Fund to Benefit from Mandolin Donation
By John Flynn
November 14, 2006 - 10:00 pm
Old Wave Mandolin
St. Louis, Missouri — Bill Bussman, the builder of Old Wave Mandolins, has built a special mandolin to benefit the scholarship fund at his alma mater, Priory High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
The instrument will be part of Priory's annual "Xanadu" auction on February 3, 2007, although bidders from any location can submit bid forms directly to the school anytime between now and the auction.
Particulars about this one-of-a-kind instrument are:
- Based on a 1917 Gibson A design
- Western Red Cedar book-matched two-piece hand carved soundboard. This tone wood came from an 1880's Wyoming telegraph pole, salvaged by the lineman grandfather of a violinmaker friend of Bill's.
- Adirondack spruce bracing
- Hand cut abalone shell ring around the sound hole.
- Mesquite sides and hand carved one piece back. This wood came from a massive tree which grew along the Rio Sonora River in northern Mexico near Hermosillo. The tree was underwater for 40 years after the river was dammed in the 50's. It was exposed during a drought and subsequently harvested in the late 90's.
- Mahogany neck with graphite trussrod
- Desert Ironwood burl peg-head veneer, from the Sonora Desert in southeast Arizona, with Bill's trademark hand-cut abalone wave design
- Ziricote (Mexican Ebony) 12" radiused fretboard, pickguard, and adjustable bridge
- Turquoise and silver fingerboard position markers
- Faux tortoise celluloid binding
- Bison femur nut
- Schaller tuners
- Nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
- Black TKL hard-shell case
- Guaranteed to the original owner for the lifetime of the builder
The instrument will be in the care of Mandolin Cafe' member John Flynn of St. Louis, Missouri until the auction. John can answer questions about the mandolin, arrange for serious bidders in the St. Louis area to see and play it by appointment and provide bid forms. The bid forms are sent directly to Priory. They will be opened and then kept in the school safe until the auction on February 3, when they will be turned over to the auctioneer. The school will keep John up to date on the current high bid and he will post that from time to time.
NOTE: the paragraph above was updated on November 23, 2006 to reflect a change in how bids are handled.
About the mandolin: Contact John Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org