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Oct-08-2004, 10:19am
I hope it is ok I started a new topic. If not I am sure I will hear from someone.
I am looking for someone to teach me to play 76547. I would need someone in the Seattle and/or Bellevue areas. I have played music before so I know something about it, just never fretted instruments.
After Dan had 76547 for so long I hate to see the renewed sound be lost.
Any ideas anyone? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Chris Baird
Oct-08-2004, 10:44am
Hi Jack, I'm sure folks will see your post here, but you may want to repost in "General Mandolin Discussions" as well. There is bound to be some good teachers up there.

Gail Hester
Oct-08-2004, 10:52am
Hi Jack, I loved reading Dan's article about his time with 76547 (which is in the achieve section).

Two great mandolin instructors in the Seattle area come to mind (I'm on the other side of the water in Poulsbo).

Pete Martin - don't have his number with me.
Roger Ferguson - 360-598-4062 (past national flatpicking champ and a great guy)


Oct-08-2004, 11:44am
1. What is 76547?
2. Call Stu Herrick at The Folkstore near UW (45th or so). Stu knows practically every mando teacher in the Seattle area.
Eric http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Pete Martin
Oct-08-2004, 11:57am
Hello Jack,

You can call me at 206-367-9756 or email at the address below. I teach in Seattle, Bothell, Kent and Issaquah. Roger lives near Bremerton but teaches one day a week in Seattle.

Oct-08-2004, 12:51pm

76547 is the '24 fern Loar I have. So, I will be able to learn on a pretty special mandolin. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-08-2004, 1:06pm

Are you telling us that there is no truth to the rumor that Loars play themselves ?


Oct-08-2004, 1:25pm
oh my God!!!! How could I be so dumb! What better to take lessons on. Hope to see you at Wintergrass 2005!

Oct-08-2004, 4:04pm
..and please make sure to scratch out the word "Gibson" from the headstock (see Monroe's Loar thread) in order to obtain maximum sonic capability.

Oct-08-2004, 4:06pm
With that mandolin I am sure that you will defintely be the teacher's favorite. I wish one of my students had a Loar!

Oct-08-2004, 6:50pm
im looking for lessons in so new hampshire. anyone here interested ?

Jim Garber
Oct-08-2004, 9:17pm
Well, since you are in the "post a Picture of your mandolin" thread, I would think it highly appropriate to post a pciture of 76547.


Oct-09-2004, 6:59pm
Here is a link to a bunch of photos of this mando in question: http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?2781

Scott Tichenor
Oct-09-2004, 7:21pm
Hello Jack,

You can call me at 206-367-9756 or email at the address below. I teach in Seattle, Bothell, Kent and Issaquah. Roger lives near Bremerton but teaches one day a week in Seattle.

Jack, you can do no finer than hooking up with Pete Martin. Five stars, that man.

Oct-12-2004, 10:34am
jgarber, the above link will get you to the best pictures. Dan took them.

mandopete, I was thinking about removing the virzi AND scratching out the "Gibson inlay". Just joking guys! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Scott, thanks. I will go that direction.

Pete, I will be in touch.

Thanks to all,

Oct-12-2004, 11:25am
Just curious, are you planning to acquire a practice mandolin? (Possibly you have one already?)

Oct-12-2004, 3:03pm
What better mandolin to practice on then a Loar? #If he needs one to use for a while he can borrow my F5-G and I can take the Loar! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Oct-13-2004, 1:08pm

I am planning on using it for the lessons. The whole idea is to keep it sounding as it does now, woke up, after Dan played it so hard for months. I do not want it to go to sleep again.

I am hoping some of my grandfather's magic is in my blood.

Oct-14-2004, 11:33am
I just think it's a shame to put unnecessary miles on a Ferrari when you're just heading to the 7-11 for a gallon of milk.

Oct-14-2004, 5:11pm
I just think it's a shame to put unnecessary miles on a Ferrari when you're just heading to the 7-11 for a gallon of milk.
I think its pretty cool he will be learning on his grandfathers mando! so it a loar,kind of a trivial thing in comparison to it being an instament that will inspire him just from the fact that gramps put in much time making his own perfected sounds.

Oct-15-2004, 7:47am
Yes, it is extremely cool to be learning on such a fine mando, and one that has roots in his family. #My first mando was great-Grandad's bowlback and I still shudder thinking about the hell I put it through. I'm not an advocate of keeping fine instruments locked away in a glass case. #But just as there's a time for hiking boots or jogging shoes there's also a time for ballet slippers. Pounding away at scales and arpeggios in the backyard is much different than a serenade in the parlor. #Already owning such a wonderful instrument, I'd be fascinated to know which mando 76547 would find to be an acceptable workhorse.

Oct-15-2004, 8:50am
76547 don't lsten to the hype it's not a ferrari, it's a mandolin. It needs to be played by beginner or expert it doesn't really matter. After having my first encounter with four Loars this weekend at IBMA I can assure that the mystique that I held in my mind for these instruments is gone.

Thats not to say they aren't evry bit awesome and inspiring as everyone says they are, they are in fact. However they are still instruments, high price tag or not, they are still instruments. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty about learning on a Loar. You've got a cool instrument play away and enjoy it!

Once you start you'll never want to stop.

Oct-15-2004, 10:01am
I have been told by everyone that I respect when it comes to these mandolins that they need to be played to sound their best.
Dan played it for months after it had not been played since the late '40s. He has it sounding great and I do not want to lose that or waste the time Dan spent with it. And I guess in playing it I can make it sound even better.
I am confident I will take care of it. After all it was my grandfathers and my mother, his daughter, entrusted me with it. I have told everyone since discovering what I had that I did not want to put it away, in hiding, but get it out there to be played and enjoyed. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Oct-15-2004, 10:12am
Jack, that's the way it should be. The Loars are to mandolins what Strads are to violins. They beg to be played and held. They are most happy when they are making music, after all, that's what they do. Keeping a Loar shut up in its case and never playing it would be a shame.

Jim Watts

Oct-15-2004, 10:13am

I've gotta give it up to you. That is one heck of a "starter" mandolin. If only we could all be so lucky. Enjoy the instrument and the journey.

Oct-15-2004, 10:46am
Well it'll probably make your early picking strokes shy to protect the top, but past that learning on a nice instrument is a great way to go. It taught me that you can only blame the mandolin up to a point... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-15-2004, 11:57am
Here's a relevant story..I met Tut Taylor in 1966 when I was almost 14, and had just start peckin' around on the mandolin. One year later I came home from school and there was a Lloyd Loar (72615, Griffith) laying on the couch that he had sent thru the mail for me to play for a while. I played it over that winter/spring and returned it to him at BeanBlosson in June. Nothintg in the world could have done more for my playing, nor generated the interest I now have.

Oct-18-2004, 4:24pm
awesome story Darryl, that would be cool. Contact me PM and you can send me one to pick this winter ;)

Patrick Gunning
Oct-18-2004, 8:04pm
You should definitely get in to Pete for some lessons. I took fiddle with him for a while and he really helped my playing - his Gilchrist will be in fine company with your Loar.