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jim simpson
Dec-31-2005, 2:18am
Okay, I'll start. It's scary what 30 or so years can do to a person. Here I am holding a bandmate's Gibson. I guess it was what I eventually wanted to do!

jim simpson
Dec-31-2005, 2:20am
Flash forward to the present doing what I love to do!

billkilpatrick
Dec-31-2005, 5:21am
jim, lad ... what happened?!?! ...

johnwalser
Dec-31-2005, 8:58am
Jim,
You look the same, but that mandolin sure has changed over the years.
John

barricwiley
Dec-31-2005, 11:00am
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You are not alone in the boat!
Richard

Jim Garber
Dec-31-2005, 11:22am
Here's me from 1977 in my old time band. The picture on the right is from our LP(!)

I started with the cylinder back and sold it to get that 1919 A3. Wish I still had both.

Jim

Jim Garber
Dec-31-2005, 11:23am
Here's me last June at Carlo Aonzo's workshop. Contrary to popular belief, I don't only play bowlbacks. (That one is my Pandini.)

Jim

Linda Binder
Dec-31-2005, 12:58pm
Lookin' good Jim! You and the mandolins!
Happy New Year!
--Linda
P.S. I didn't say anything about the plaid shirts! Nothing!

billkilpatrick
Dec-31-2005, 1:25pm
don't know how well this will reproduce but that's me playing guitar on the right of the photo (white shirt, black jeans, regulation tennis shoes) opposite my friend geoff miller on banjo (blue work shirt, black jeans, etc.) - washington square, circa 1962.

billkilpatrick
Dec-31-2005, 1:28pm
posted this before but this is me and my crafter many ... many years later:

Milan Christi
Dec-31-2005, 2:09pm
I'm not as well known on this board as some of y'all but there's a well-known guy in this photo from 1976. (I'm the guy on the left - I've obviously given that other instrument up for a more practical axe.) I've also started wearing hats since the natural cover has vanished over the past 30 years!
Happy New Year!
Milan http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jim Garber
Dec-31-2005, 2:17pm
there's a well-known guy in this photo from 1976
All right, Milan... pardon my ignorance... who is the well-know guy? The guy on the right looks like Walt Disney, but I think he was dead by then.

Jim

Rick Crenshaw
Dec-31-2005, 2:38pm
C'mon man, that's the inimitable Tennessee Ernie Ford! What a baritone voice!

Jim Garber
Dec-31-2005, 3:01pm
Inimitable, indeed! Consider the fact that he, too, is wearing a checked shirt. Oh What does it all mean???

Jim

Milan Christi
Dec-31-2005, 3:01pm
Yep - that's Ernie Ford and even after hearing "16 Tons" a thousand times over the years, it was like hearing it for the first time when we backed him up. Unbelieveable voice - and a genuinely nice human being.

Ken
Dec-31-2005, 3:14pm
Fun idea, here is a before and after of me and variations of the band. In this shot I'm over on the left and that's my mandolin hanging over the cabin door.

Ken
Dec-31-2005, 3:15pm
And after.

Lane Pryce
Dec-31-2005, 8:30pm
Cool pics folks!! Lp

jim simpson
Dec-31-2005, 9:14pm
Thanks everyone so far.
I'm starting to feel better!
Jim

Linda Binder
Jan-01-2006, 6:41pm
OK: Then-- 1980 at a youth hostel in Namur Belgium in free spirit mode. Suzuki bowlback in the case.

Linda Binder
Jan-01-2006, 6:42pm
Now: with Pandini 2005

Linda Binder
Jan-01-2006, 6:44pm
OK, I did find one in which I'm wearing a plaid shirt but there isn't a mandolin in the picture.
--Linda

Jim Broyles
Jan-01-2006, 7:00pm
Okay, I'll start. It's scary what 30 or so years can do to a person. Here I am holding a bandmate's Gibson. I guess it was what I eventually wanted to do!
Jim, you can't play a guitar "C" chord on a mando!!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

jim simpson
Jan-01-2006, 7:20pm
"Jim, you can't play a guitar "C" chord on a mando!!!!"

- I was hoping no one would notice.

OK, I did find one in which I'm wearing a plaid shirt but there isn't a mandolin in the picture.
--Linda

Linda,
Is it flannel? In those days, if it wasn't flannel it would have been a long underwear type shirt!

jim simpson
Jan-01-2006, 7:30pm
This still qualifies as a "then" photo - no plaid shirt on me although the fellow behind me is wearing one.

Linda Binder
Jan-02-2006, 8:18am
Wow! #That's an eye catching shirt. #The bolo tie looks great with it. #Yes...my plaid shirt was flannel...worn with straight leg levis it was my "school uniform" a looooong time ago.
-Linda

oldwave maker
Jan-02-2006, 11:42am
I could be in that witness protection program, but my son isnt:

jasona
Jan-02-2006, 11:58am
hahahaha! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

levin4now
Jan-02-2006, 12:06pm
"Jim, you can't play a guitar "C" chord on a mando!!!!"

- I was hoping no one would notice.
I thought Jim Simpson was playing an F-chord in the very first photo.

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mandopete
Jan-02-2006, 12:54pm
Okay, I'll play too!

Left - First guitar in 1969 (cheapest instrument)
Right - Collings MF-5 in 2005 (expensivest instrument)

Plamen Ivanov
Jan-02-2006, 1:28pm
it was my "school uniform" a looooong time ago.
-Linda
Looking at your recent picture, it shouldn`t be so long ago...

And it seems that you and Jim have the same dentist! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

I cannot show the 30 years difference, but here I am looking more like a future conductor of an orchestra than like a future mandolin player:

levin4now
Jan-02-2006, 1:30pm
Nice photos m-pete. Curious though. The one with a guitar looks somewhat professional. Was it a school picture? A band pic? IOW, what was the reason for the photo?

Plamen Ivanov
Jan-02-2006, 1:30pm
I was in vacation the week between Christmas and New Year, so I gave a rest to my beard as well...

Plamen Ivanov
Jan-02-2006, 1:32pm
Alan, you are so fast! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Linda Binder
Jan-02-2006, 4:25pm
Quote: "And it seems that you and Jim have the same dentist!"
...and I thought Pandini was a luthier! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif You have quite a smile yourself Plamen! Maybe it's those mandolins making us happy. I'm glad you managed to avoid becoming a conductor in spite of your early seriousness.
--Linda

JimRichter
Jan-02-2006, 5:18pm
I guess I'll play too. I started a thread like this awhile back which called for kid photos of Cafe members. The first is from that thread. Circa 1973 w/ a nice old Harmony uke.

Jim

JimRichter
Jan-02-2006, 5:20pm
Then "Now." This is a promo pic of me, I suppose, taken this past July down at the Old Home Place down in Rosine. (Note the Kimble 2 point that I no longer have--replaced with a Kimble F5)

Jim

Jim Broyles
Jan-02-2006, 5:42pm
"Jim, you can't play a guitar "C" chord on a mando!!!!"

- I was hoping no one would notice.
I thought Jim Simpson was playing an F-chord in the very first photo.

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Yeah, I figured he was, but I know Jim and I was just busting on him.

I have no idea where most of my childhood pictures are, but I might be able to find some of me as a roots/alternative electric guitar player from about 13 years ago. Anybody here from the Lehigh Valley, PA area, and ever hear of "The Vultures?" I'm Jim the last lead player before the breakup.

mandopete
Jan-02-2006, 9:28pm
Nice photos m-pete. #Curious though. #The one with a guitar looks somewhat professional. #Was it a school picture? #A band pic? #IOW, what was the reason for the photo?
I was trying out for a part in the boy-band, Menudo!

<grins>

Nah, it was one of the school type photos that they took at the local music store where I took guitar lessons. #They posted them all up on the wall so you could see everone that took lessons there. #When I was real young I used to think. "Man, some day I will be up there !"

<more grins>

Yonkle
Feb-14-2006, 9:21pm
still have this guitar, and kid ,30 years ago

Yonkle
Feb-14-2006, 9:24pm
30 years later (quadruplets!)

Fred G
Feb-15-2006, 12:40pm
I am from the lehigh valley but don't remember the vultures. What time period are we talking about?

MandoJon
Feb-15-2006, 12:42pm
Five years ago(left) and now(right)

I spent the time doing all the things my mother told me not to do. Man! It's been fun, but she was right - I shouldn't have taken up playing the mandolin (and who'd have thought they'd let me back in THAT studio - what a gig)!

Daniel Nestlerode
Feb-15-2006, 3:35pm
1986, along Little Pine Creek in PA; 2003, Inverness CA
http://dnestler.home.mindspring.com/images/daniel.jpg|http://dnestler.home.mindspring.com/resources/Daniel303a.jpg

Lotta mileage in 17 years.

Daniel

Jim Hilburn
Feb-15-2006, 4:01pm
Then.

Jim Hilburn
Feb-15-2006, 4:02pm
Now.

Dfyngravity
Feb-15-2006, 4:06pm
Jim I had a feeling that was coming and boy does "NOW" look just absolutely stunning! I don't think you can get much better than that.

JEStanek
Feb-15-2006, 4:46pm
Jim,
Your Now is Wow!
Jamie

JimRichter
Feb-15-2006, 5:43pm
Jim, I don't usually post on mandolin photos, but your current scrollwork is a doozy. Lovely recurve and dead on.

Jim

Jim Broyles
Feb-15-2006, 6:22pm
I am from the lehigh valley but don't remember the vultures. What time period are we talking about?
1991-1993, mostly at 2nd Ave. in Bethlehm and The Sterling Hotel in Allentown.

Yonkle
Feb-18-2006, 12:47am
That Scroll Rules!

Spruce
Feb-18-2006, 3:19am
Circa '79...

Yikes....

Steve Farling
Mar-09-2006, 7:00pm
Then was 1965, I'm the bass player, lower right.

Steve Farling
Mar-09-2006, 7:02pm
Now, not much improvement!

Jim Hilburn
Mar-09-2006, 7:29pm
I don't know about the guitars, but there's a couple of collectable amps there. A flip-top Ampeg bass amp and a Fender Tremolux.

Steve Farling
Mar-09-2006, 8:04pm
Yeh, I could be wrong, but I think I gave about $75.00 for the Ampeg back then. It was a great amp! I ended up buying a hollow body violin type bass (Crown) with a scroll on the headstock. Come to think of it, that thing had F-holes! Wow! Thats where the attraction started! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

JimRichter
Mar-09-2006, 8:34pm
The Ampeg Port-a-Flex was the first thing I noticed--outside of all the Teisco guitars! Love those Port-a-Flex's. Until I stopped playing electric, my main amp was a '67 B12XT Fliptop. A 2 x 12" guitar amp with reverb and tremelo. Rare and very sweet!

Jim

Jeffrey Lewis
Mar-11-2006, 3:02pm
Then on left

Jeffrey Lewis
Mar-11-2006, 3:03pm
Now on left

Michael Gowell
Mar-11-2006, 3:40pm
Wait a minute, that's a difference of what, 4 or 5 years? #Admittedly the most formative of your life, but...

On second thought, this is one of the very few photo comparisons in which the cafe member is still on the uphill side of life. #Most of us ol' coots 'n ##### seem to be morbidly fascinated by our physical deterioration.

mandopete
Mar-11-2006, 11:01pm
You bear a striking resemblance to Sam Bush!

Baron Collins-Hill
Mar-12-2006, 12:15am
and your still wearing the same shirt, seems like it would get kinda grubby after a while, not unlike sam's, infact... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jeffrey Lewis
Mar-14-2006, 8:31pm
baron~

hahahahaha..... It's not the same shirt! Yeah, the first picture was three years ago.... The latter was in July, so i've still changed more! Same beard though... No matter how much I shave, It keeps coming back! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Moose
Mar-15-2006, 10:23am
AH! the Ampeg! - I know/knew guys that went to a 15"er - hated the sound! - went back to the 12" - (I'm a guitar player and I couldn't tell the diffference - but THEY could!?)- also something I find/found! interesting : guys who play(ed) Precision(FENDER) HATE Jazz (basses)and vice-versa!? - Hmmmmm...!?## - now back to our regularly scheduled program. Moose. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Lane Pryce
Mar-15-2006, 11:45am
Circa '79...

Yikes....
Bruce I'll wager no one has told you that you looked like John Denver. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif Lp

Darryl Wolfe
Mar-15-2006, 12:59pm
AH! the Ampeg! - I know/knew guys that went to a 15"er - hated the sound! - went back to the 12" - (I'm a guitar player and I couldn't tell the diffference - but THEY could!?)- also something I find/found! interesting : guys who play(ed) Precision(FENDER) HATE Jazz (basses)and vice-versa!? - Hmmmmm...!?## - now back to our regularly scheduled program. Moose. # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
you mean the Ampeg with the little flip top and wheels? I'm vice-versa on bass, I have two of each (Prec/Jazz) and a 5-str

now back to the regularly scheduled thread

Moose
Mar-15-2006, 2:01pm
For every rule, there is an exception! hee.. hee... yeah, buddy, the "flip-top-box"!- which-ever of us got drunk at the gig..., we could always roll 'em out to the car/van/bus..on THAT thing!## - sometimes it was th' driver! - we'd sit him behind the wheel!??## - I used to drive a lot...I think!?## - Moose. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

jim simpson
Mar-15-2006, 7:02pm
Here is a "Then" 1968, age 15, nerd:

jim simpson
Mar-15-2006, 7:04pm
This is a "Now" 1978, age 25 (location: outside pub in England 2 pints later) Sam Bush hair?

Ted Eschliman
Mar-15-2006, 9:57pm
Ah, the '80s...
The dawn of MIDI, the age of Mousse.


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jim simpson
Mar-16-2006, 8:08am
Ted,
That's a great picture! I like the keyboard strap. I forgot about the "... age of Mousse". - too funny!!
Jim

Steve Farling
Mar-16-2006, 8:40am
Hey Jim, How about a "now" now? (2006) We must be about the same age. (1949)

jim simpson
Mar-16-2006, 9:14am
Steve,
Here is a now, I have a now in the beginning of this thread too. I think I need to get a wig made like my previous "now"!
Jim

delsbrother
Mar-16-2006, 11:42pm
Ah, the '80s...
The dawn of MIDI, the age of Mousse.


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Nice sweater!

kudzugypsy
Mar-20-2006, 4:30pm
all that talk of the ampeg amp reminded me of a trip to a pawn shop about 15 years ago - they had on the floor- a MINT 66 strat, a 55 gibson es-something, a 60's martin 000-28 and an ampeg b-15....i was SO STUPID back then - i just HAD to have that cool ampeg amp and passed up all that other stuff - not that i could have bought it on a college budget, but that missed 66 strat for $1100 still haunts me!

Keith Erickson
Mar-20-2006, 4:53pm
Ted,

Please I don't mean you any disrespect but the first thing I thought of when I saw your "80's" photo was that you should have been playing the "Keytar" instead!!!! #

Boy talking about a musical instrument that went the way of the Doe-doe, the dinosaur and the Whigs. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Between you, me and this board, I think you lk a lot better these days with a Rigel in your hands. # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

JimRichter
Jan-09-2007, 9:38pm
My dad recently gave me some scanned photos. Here's one of me circa '85. It's my brother and me with our collection of Pac-Rim goodness.

Jim

bush-man
Jan-09-2007, 10:47pm
Ampeg B-15....ahhhhh memories....Did anyone ever send the plexi plate in to get it engraved? heheheh I had mine for years, first for my bass, and then for my farfisa combo compact organ...man those were the days, hehehe...I bought mine around 1967 or so, well my parents bought it for me...:D I sold mine to a buddy that stacked 6 of them and ran them off 2 marshall heads....Psychedelic!!!!

russell

mandodude
Apr-18-2007, 1:06pm
Here's a rather grainy-looking mandodude circa 1974. The mando was an Epiphone EM-sumpthingoranother that I picked up cheap 'cause it was a demo model from the Chicago NAMM (or whatever they called it back then) Show...

mandodude
Apr-18-2007, 1:16pm
Here's me (for real!) as of this past Sunday. We were booked to play an outdoor festival in south central Tennessee that got rained out (actually, almost got SNOWED out!). Rather than sit around in the motel with the remote firmly planted in hand, we sought out the local VFW Hall and offered to provide the denizens with an afternoon of musical entertainment(?) in return for an ample supply of liquid refreshments... I believe we got the better end of the deal!

As I recall, I was crankin' out a ride on "Stormy Monday Blues" when this shot was taken - obviously, we reworked it into "Stormy SUNDAY Blues," given the circumstances.

The mando is my current workhorse - a pre-Gibson Flatiron A5jr with an old McIntyre contact pickup - a real sweet set-up if'n ya ask me!

Alex of the North
Apr-18-2007, 3:13pm
What is it with Ampeg B-15s? or Portaflexes, or whatever they're called? I had one too. Does having one lead to playing the mandolin later in life?

BassGuy
Apr-18-2007, 5:57pm
Alex, must be something to the Portaflex B-15 thing leading to mandolin. #I still have two. A 66' B15N in great shape (still has the tone) and one in the basement in need of attention. #Lately mine has been missing the 65' Jazz bass that was sold to buy a nice mandolin..... #love the mandolin but missin' the old bass.