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    Thought y'all might like to know:

    An F-4 owned by Norman Blake is available at Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments.
    http://gregboyd.com/product/1917-gibson-f-4-mandolin/

    A little history-- I purchased this mandolin from Curtis McPeake around 2006. Norman acquired it from me in 2009, and played it often. I re-fretted it to Norman's specifications with .080" x .040" fret wire, and installed maple strips into the last four slots of the fingerboard extension, which is my preferred alternative to grinding the extension down or cutting it off. I believe that the saddle is one I made from Sambar stag horn, which is very similar to elephant ivory in texture and density.

    Norman played this instrument frequently for quite a few years. I do not know whether or not he recorded with it. He acquired the instrument after his retirement from touring.

    The pickguard on this mandolin is interesting-- it has some green highlights along with the usual tortoise shell colors. I have only seen pickguards with this color scheme on a small handful of other mandolins, all made during the same time period.

    Until I saw Greg Boyd's pictures, I had forgotten that this mandolin has a one piece back.

    This is a very fine F-4, and I hope it finds a good home. I have no financial interest in the mandolin or any connection with Greg Boyd.
    Last edited by rcc56; Dec-01-2019, 10:40pm.

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    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    Cool info.

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    • #3
      Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

      I've played it a couple of times. It's a great sounding mandolin.
      "it's not in bad taste, if it's funny" - john waters

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      • #4
        Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

        Thereís another 1917 down the page, $500 premium for the Norman Blake mojo doesnít seem TOO bad.
        Timothy F. Lewis
        "If brains was lard, that boy couldn't grease a very big skillet" J.D. Clampett

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          Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

          The "Norman Blake" one sounds better, in my opinion.
          "it's not in bad taste, if it's funny" - john waters

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          • #6
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            You know, when I read about an instrument once owned by someone, all I can think is here is an instrument a discerning musician rejected as a keeper.
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              Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

              Originally posted by Br1ck View Post
              You know, when I read about an instrument once owned by someone, all I can think is here is an instrument a discerning musician rejected as a keeper.
              Thatís one way to look at it. Another way is, Norman isnít getting any younger and he has played and collected a huge number of instruments over the years. You canít keep every instrument forever. Iíve played a Gibson guitar he used to own at a local shop ó it could be a lifer for anybody who didnít have the means or the reason to experiment with different sounds.

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                There are other reasons for letting an instrument go, especially for a person who is over 80 years old.

                And in my personal experience, I've never kept an instrument that I disliked for more than a year. I have let good instruments go after 10 years if my tastes changed, or I simply wanted something different.

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                  Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                  Originally posted by Drew Streip View Post
                  ...You can’t keep every instrument forever...
                  What? Who says?

                  Depressing news...
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                    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                    Originally posted by allenhopkins View Post
                    What? Who says?

                    Depressing news...
                    I fully concur!
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                    "If brains was lard, that boy couldn't grease a very big skillet" J.D. Clampett

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                    • #11
                      Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                      Originally posted by Timbofood View Post
                      I fully concur!
                      Nobodyíll miss my Eastman if they bury me with it but I think some people would be upset if yíall took your F4s or Loars to the grave

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                        Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                        Steve made this Model 1 for him last year, so 80+ y/o hasn’t stopped him Steve’s ovals are incomparable.
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                          Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                          Steve who ?

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                            Originally posted by Br1ck View Post
                            You know, when I read about an instrument once owned by someone, all I can think is here is an instrument a discerning musician rejected as a keeper.
                            Didn’t Sam bushs hoss used to belong to Norman?
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                              Originally posted by mtucker View Post
                              Steve made this Model 1 for him last year, so 80+ y/o hasn’t stopped him Steve’s ovals are incomparable.
                              Than you haven't played on a Girouard oval !
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                                Originally posted by Dave Hanson View Post
                                Steve who ?

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                                  Originally posted by Eric Platt View Post
                                  Had to blow up the photo on my desktop, but that's a Gilchrist.
                                  Oh? That Steve.
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                                    Originally posted by Dave Hanson View Post
                                    Steve who ?

                                    Dave H
                                    Oops sorry, yes, Gilchrist.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                      We posted a lengthy list of Norman's instruments in 2016 when he liquidated a great deal of his collection and had Carter Vintage Guitars handle the sales. This was likely among those IIRC. There were a lot of very fine instruments in that lot and we only posted a few of them. Some of them went directly to buyers without ever even being photographed. Norman Blake didn't own clunkers. A collection like this is typically a musician's IRA.
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                                        And the instruments on that link are gorgeous.
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                                        • #21
                                          Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                          Originally posted by John Rosett View Post
                                          The "Norman Blake" one sounds better, in my opinion.
                                          I would like to know about that?!
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                                          • #22
                                            Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                            What do you want to know?
                                            "it's not in bad taste, if it's funny" - john waters

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                                            • #23
                                              Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                              Originally posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
                                              We posted a lengthy list of Norman's instruments in 2016 when he liquidated a great deal of his collection and had Carter Vintage Guitars handle the sales. This was likely among those IIRC. There were a lot of very fine instruments in that lot and we only posted a few of them. Some of them went directly to buyers without ever even being photographed. Norman Blake didn't own clunkers. A collection like this is typically a musician's IRA.
                                              Greg told me that he got the F4 from Norman.
                                              "it's not in bad taste, if it's funny" - john waters

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                                              • #24
                                                Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                                Which mando do you mean? Or is the "Norman Blake" the F4?
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                                                • #25
                                                  Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

                                                  Originally posted by John Rosett View Post
                                                  What do you want to know?
                                                  I just wanted to know if there is one mandolin Norman Blake always played. I think I misunderstoud your post. Sorry, John!
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