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    Default Some of Norman Blake's Instruments up for sale at Carter Vintage

    Carter Vintage has been asked to sell some of Norman Blake's instruments and you're seeing them here first--they're not even on their web site yet, but will be soon. We probably won't list them all but certainly some of main interest to this community.

    First up, Norman's Gilchrist F-4.

    Norman Blake's Gilchrist F-4

    Norman Blake's Gilchrist F-4

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    Default Re: Norman Blake's Instruments up for sale at Carter Vintage

    Norman's 1941 000 Martin Guitar

    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar

    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar

    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar

    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar

    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar

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    Norman Blake's 1921-000 Martin Guitar
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    1915 Vega Cylinderback.

    Norman Blake's 1915 Vega Cylinderback

    Norman Blake's 1915 Vega Cylinderback

    Norman Blake's 1915 Vega Cylinderback

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    Default Re: Norman Blake's Instruments up for sale at Carter Vintage

    1921 0-21 Martin

    Norman Blake's 1921 Martin 0-21

    Norman Blake's 1921 Martin 0-21

    Norman Blake's 1921 Martin 0-21

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    Holy smokes, Scott. Those are lovely instruments. That Gilchrist is gorgeous. Of course, Norman always had exquisite taste in his instruments. And I am sure has plenty of wonderful ones left to play.
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    Another 1915 Vega Cylinderback.

    Norman Blake's 1915 Vega Cylinderback

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    We'd love to own that Gilchrist F-4 and it will sell fast. Not in the cards for us, unfortunately. There are a few other instruments but that's all of the mandolins and the guitars that interest us most for the moment. May post more later. We'll see.

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    I think what you have labeled as a 1921 -000 Martin Guitar is actually a 1931.
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    Well, it looks like a 000-21, but not a 1921 000. Not sure if it's 1931, but certainly 1930's.
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    the Gil F4 is IT!

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    Dang!

    Wonder why he's selling them....

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    That rosewood Vega cylinder back is beautiful too. I agree that Gilchrist is tempting but certainly not in my cards, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWilliam View Post
    Wonder why he's selling them....
    Nancy finally figured out how many he had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Albrecht View Post
    I think what you have labeled as a 1921 -000 Martin Guitar is actually a 1931.
    We just went by what the images were labelled in Dropbox. We'll defer to your assessment, or wait until CVG actually posts.

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    Default Re: Norman Blake's Instruments up for sale at Carter Vintage

    How much is the Gil?

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    Default Re: Norman Blake's Instruments up for sale at Carter Vintage

    Christie gave me a price a few days ago but she's pulling together a list and it's best I wait before quoting. Possible it could have changed since then so best we wait. Actually surprised it wasn't a lot higher but maybe that's the lifelong Norman Blake fan in me thinking.

    Mike Comptons Gilchrist F-4 is one of the finest instruments I've heard. I thought it was just his hands which are the best, but the instrument itself is a cannon. This one is said to be remarkable as well from Mike, and he has played it.

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    Understood. That could cause me to do something stupid. I wonder if he's recorded with it?

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    Christie confirms the guitars were mislabeled in Dropbox which we used to post here. I'll correct above shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    How much is the Gil?
    Strike that - the $19,500 is an octave up on their site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Mike Comptons Gilchrist F-4 is one of the finest instruments I've heard. I thought it was just his hands which are the best, but the instrument itself is a cannon. This one is said to be remarkable as well from Mike, and he has played it.
    That's what I've heard MC say too.

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    Wow, just a dream to own any of them...now back to reality, but fun to look at 'em.

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    That F4...oh man...drool...
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    There is also an A4 at Bernunzio Music

    https://bernunzio.com/product/gibson-4-22279/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWilliam View Post
    Dang!

    Wonder why he's selling them....
    Retirement? Who knows.......wonder if he owns a signed Loar?

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    I agree with Jim and the others about the Gilchrist F4. It is spectacular.
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