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    Re: Interesting early Gibson factory photo

    With all due respect to the author of the Wikipedia page, we all do our best with the information we have at the time, but their grid/chart with dates and factory addresses really is incorrect. It...
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    Re: Interesting early Gibson factory photo

    No need. The answer is in the photo you posted on April 17. It appears to have been taken in the dry kiln room built on to the back of the original factory in 1918. This is a single story addition...
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    Re: Interesting early Gibson factory photo

    OK, I'm taking on Wikipedia. ;) The Gibson Company was never at Orville's residence. Their first factory was a rental at 114 East Exchange Place - in the alley behind 114 East Main (Witwer's retail...
  4. Re: Orville H. Gibson research and biography

    I've been asked for an update on when my book will be published. The working title is "Orville H. Gibson: A Peculiar Excellency."

    UPDATE - I've recently changed publishers and am now working with...
  5. Re: A thoroughly bizarre occurrence (NMC ... maybe)

    I used to work at a haunted restaurant. It was an old Mississippi riverboat turned eatery. But the most haunted was the book store I used to work at. They were everywhere in that place.
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    Re: Mando Mention on Jeopardy

    Jeopardy doesn't always get it right either. I've been tempted on a number of occasions to set them straight about the Chicago "Black Sox." The Black Sox had that nickname long before the 1908 World...
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    Re: Vivitone Mandolin Registry

    It's from the online index of the Gazette at the Kalamazoo Public Library here...
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    Re: Early Gibson Advertisment

    If you need any research done on the lee side of the Pacific, I'd be happy to help.
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    Re: Vivitone Mandolin Registry

    For what it's worth, I just found a Kalamazoo newspaper article dated February 21, 1936 entitled "Vivi-Tone plant moves to Detroit." It appears they moved their operations at the beginning of 1936.
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    Re: Vivitone Mandolin Registry

    I don't know what this might mean to this thread, I'll let you collectors and builders tell me. I think what they are offering is the exchange of this Vivi-Tone brand acoustic guitar for an...
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    Re: Mandolin history question.

    That's why I said "on paper."
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    Re: Mandolin history question.

    Gibson got away from the oval sound hole - on paper that is - in 1917 with the Reams/Williams patent #1,361,182. From the text it appears that it wasn't the diamond shaped sound holes that were the...
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    Re: Early Gibson Advertisment

    Hi Kilin - Have you had your exhibit yet? I would like to read about it. While researching my book on Orville Gibson I found advertisements for Gibson company instruments (for sale locally) in the...
  14. Re: Mandolin Magazine - I'd love to see another such publicatiion

    I couldn't agree with you more. I used to work at a Barnes & Noble (until about a year ago). They were so busy we used to say "Internet? What Internet?" Sales ran across most all categories and age...
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    Re: RIP Leon Russell (Part 2)

    Well, I just spent the evening with youtube and Leon Russell...after a while wondering and hoping I didn't have a prior obligation that I had forgotten about. I forgot all about "Tightrope," a song I...
  16. Re: NEW Book - The Complete Guide to Gibson Mandolins on Amazon

    Yeah! Nice cover.
  17. Re: Bluegrass version of Crazy Train by Ozzy

    For me, the point is that songs lend themselves to different genres. If done well, they don't get old...no more so than any other version. I like the Iron Horse instrument line-up and that they pace...
  18. Re: Bluegrass version of Crazy Train by Ozzy

    I thought it was great. I would like to hear it without the orchestra though, for a more raw acoustic sound.
  19. Re: Orville H. Gibson research and biography

    I agree, it's still cool. Not everything is or can be retained in original condition. I'm sure all involved were well-meaning. All this becomes part it's history, both for Gibson and your family....
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    I have a Fred Martin Miller, b. 1885 in Germany, married to Anna Wiessies. Their marriage license of June 1909 states that he is an "instrument maker." The city directory says "finisher" for Gibson....
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    Interesting...Barrows also hired O. L. Fraser, an experienced violin maker, in October 1895. Mr. Fraser set up his entire luthier shop inside the Barrows factory.

    I agree. It appears that...
  22. Re: Orville H. Gibson research and biography

    In the chapter that covers the very start of the company, I researched as many first employees as I could. I found about seven between 1903 and 1907. In the next chapter I have the entire list of...
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    Yes, it was the first and only time I went to The Back Door. But...the Cekola brothers owned both venues! The brother that owned The Front Door went on to open Solitaires...a place I was warned to...
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    It seems corporations are weeding out the very human contribution that makes people want to buy their products. I don't understand it. And closing themselves off to collateral fields, such and...
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    Union Hall would have been roughly across the street from the Doors Bars on the west side of the street. It took up the space of 4-5 shops (4-5 shop addresses). I grew up in South Haven but my cousin...
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