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    Obituary in today's online

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/nyregion/stan-m-jay-seller-of-musical-instruments-dies-at-71.html
    Last edited by Scott Tichenor; Jun-06-2015 at 3:17pm. Reason: correcting link which has been redirected by NY Times.
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    Thank you for the link Jim.

    The final quote in the obituary is wonderful:
    “If you play music, life somehow takes on a new meaning and a new color,” he told the public radio station WNYC in 2012. “You become expressive in ways you never knew you could be. That is why we’re here.”

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    I appeared in today's NY Times. I guess they post things the day before online.
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    Stan Jay Way

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    Lord I pray for mr. Stan and his family.Ask that u touch his body. Comfort and strengthen him his family,and friends including all here on the cafe.Amen.

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    What a terrific and fitting tribute to Stan. Thanks for posting, Scott.
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    It took me a couple times looking at this to figure out what the white rectangle is. That's the cover over the sign being pulled off with a string - the moment after the unveiling. Very cool. As is the honor.
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    Excellent photo, thank you for posting. Fantastic news! Stan was a great man; well deserved of the street naming.
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    Noting the anniversary of this very important--and sad-- news event we broke with Bradley Klein acting as the Cafe's ace reporter. And not the only time the Mandolin Cafe has been cited by the New York Times as a source, much to our delight. That and 50 cents will get us a cup of coffee, but it'd have to be pretty bad coffee these days. How much is a cup at Waffle House? ... never mind, it's $1.00 according to Google.

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    Observing the anniversary of this news. The world sure could use more people like Stan Jay right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Observing the anniversary of this news. The world sure could use more people like Stan Jay right now.
    Amen. Stan was special. I bought my first really nice instruments from him. My two main stage instruments that I still play today were purchased from Mandolin Brothers.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Always sad to see the anniversary of this article roll around. Stan and that experience of making the pilgrimage to State Island and Mandolin Brothers is a fond memory for so many.

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    Does anyone know if the coffee table book of Mandolin Bros catalogs will ever come to fruition? I'm ready to buy a copy or two the day it is available.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Stan Jay of Mandolin Brothers passed away on this date 2014. Miss that guy. This was an amazing article put together for us by Bradley Klein. It resulted in the second or third time the New York Times picked up something from the Cafe and rebroadcast it with listing us as the news source.

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    I had hours of pleasure reading his descriptions of instruments. I spoke with him a few times on the telephone about various instruments and always wished I'd made it up to the store.

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    Miss the man. Miss the store itself. And the ritual of heading out to Staten Island.
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    Miss the man. Miss the store itself. And the ritual of heading out to Staten Island.
    All that, and the pepperoni pizza across the street....

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    All that, and the pepperoni pizza across the street....
    Indeed! That pizza joint really had the New York pizza thing going on. Ordered a slice of cheese pizza the only time I ate there and was floored with how good something so simple could be. Brilliant.

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    I visited the store a couple of times, once with the whole Mando Mafia crew. That time, I asked Stan if he’d like to look at my mandolin as I had it with me. At first he was a bit dismissive as it was a Saturday and the store was quite busy. But I persisted, and he said ‘OK’. When I opened up the case his eyes popped open and he asked me what it was. I told him it was an early Monteleone prototype, and he immediately called his staff over to look at it and asked if they could take it in the back and photograph it(I of course said yes). I believe John had built it while he was still working at the store...maybe someone can verify when he left...but Stan had never seen it. I miss those Mandolin Brothers catalogs, which I would spend hours reading. Stan was a one of a kind guy, a total mando nut, and the world is less for having lost him.

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    I remember well their first store... Stan and Hap at the Bay Street location. One day they pulled out a MINT Gibson A2Z (actually a A-) to show me that was going to Statman... man, they had the goods back then! No electrics at all... just amazing vintage acoustics in those super early days...

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    Short trip from Hoboken.Would spend six hours every time I went.Still have the mandolin and guitar I bought.I meet a lot of other music store owners and musicians who knew him.Click image for larger version. 

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    I did not know that instrument came from Mandolin Brothers... assuming it's the one Andy played for so long.

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    I remember well their first store... Stan and Hap at the Bay Street location. One day they pulled out a MINT Gibson A2Z (actually a A-) to show me that was going to Statman... man, they had the goods back then! No electrics at all... just amazing vintage acoustics in those super early days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradKlein View Post
    I did not know that instrument came from Mandolin Brothers... assuming it's the one Andy played for so long.
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    Since Andy's been playing other mandolins, mostly an assortment of Kimbles, for so many years - here's a photo of the A- snakehead that we were discussing above. (no longer in MINT condition )

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    Andy played that black snakehead for decades since I knew him back in the 1970s. I think he has played the Kimble maybe for the last decade or so. He could play a tennis racket with old strings a d it would amaze me.

    I remember going to MBros in the 1980s and Stan came up to me excited and, “would like like to play a Loar mandocello?” What do you think I said?
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