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    Hello,

    Does anyone know which two Loars Thile owns? I believe one is Serial#75316
    I don't think that is the one he is currently using on "Live from Here"...

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    One is, indeed, #75316, the other one is #75318.

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    75318 I believe.
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    Oh wow! Ok so this one? Incredible!

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    One is, indeed, #75316, the other one is #75318.

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    So, what's incredible? That he owns one Loar? Two Loars? Many pickers own Loars. Or do you mean that the particular mandolin he is playing here is incredible? Or that his playing is incredible?

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    Lots of info on this subject in the interview we did with Chris in 2012: Chris Thile in London Interview.

    Picture below: the photo that came with the mandolin when Chris bought it that had no name attached to it, known to have been from the El Dorado, KS mandolin orchestra, and the photo I found of him in the 1925 El Dorado high school yearbook while researching who the owner might be while in town there to do a gig. Original owner was Virgil Bisagno. president of the Library Club his senior year, Treasure of the French Club his junior year, just in case you were wondering what kind of Renaissance man he might have been. I retroactively edited that interview to include information about him. I met Chris briefly in New York City at Tompkins Square Park that summer when he was practicing his Bach repertoire outdoors to about 75 people and showed him the photo. He was unaware the original owner's name had ever been identified.

    I still intend to go research who some of the other people in the photo of the orchestra were, particularly Fisher, who was the leader. There are at least two other Loars in the orchestra photo. One of them was located a couple of years after this article was published. I had a chance to buy it for a song but didn't. Interesting history, story, topic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    So, what's incredible? That he owns one Loar? Two Loars? Many pickers own Loars. Or do you mean that the particular mandolin he is playing here is incredible? Or that his playing is incredible?
    Well, I guess I could say incredible to all the above. The Mandolin sounds incredible, he sounds incredible playing it, and it’s incredible that he owns two of them.
    He’s incredible so if anyone deserves that it would be him.

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    I think Chris would sound just as gnarly with a Kentucky or the like but I'll trade him my stuff for one of his Feb 18th's!Yeah man no problem on my end!

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    "Incredible" - Adjective: Impossible to believe. Synonyms: Unbelievable, beyond belief.
    Adjective: Difficult to believe. Synonyms: Magnificent, marvelous, spectacular, remarkable.
    Incredible = Chris Thile
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    So who owns the filling in the Thile sandwich?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/75317
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    So who owns the filling in the Thile sandwich?
    I believe it’s John Paul Jones.
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    I cannot believe I missed that article. Thanks for posting this info, its absolutely fascinating!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Lots of info on this subject in the interview we did with Chris in 2012: Chris Thile in London Interview.

    Picture below: the photo that came with the mandolin when Chris bought it that had no name attached to it, known to have been from the El Dorado, KS mandolin orchestra, and the photo I found of him in the 1925 El Dorado high school yearbook while researching who the owner might be while in town there to do a gig. Original owner was Virgil Bisagno. president of the Library Club his senior year, Treasure of the French Club his junior year, just in case you were wondering what kind of Renaissance man he might have been. I retroactively edited that interview to include information about him. I met Chris briefly in New York City at Tompkins Square Park that summer when he was practicing his Bach repertoire outdoors to about 75 people and showed him the photo. He was unaware the original owner's name had ever been identified.

    I still intend to go research who some of the other people in the photo of the orchestra were, particularly Fisher, who was the leader. There are at least two other Loars in the orchestra photo. One of them was located a couple of years after this article was published. I had a chance to buy it for a song but didn't. Interesting history, story, topic.


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    lol! Id love to know the answer to that question myself. I just know it's not me...
    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    So who owns the filling in the Thile sandwich?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/75317
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    Are you Loar shopping, Dem?
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    I'll say this about Loar sounds. When I had a brief minute to strum one (Steve Martins) I sounded just like me. I fully get that these well made instruments have huge potential but, unless you have the skill.... well, there it is. It's like handing Ansel Adams land camera to a an Instagram Influencer and waiting to see what they get. LOL. I take much better photos than I play.

    I'm glad he's the caretaker of two of these. I know he gets it and will pass them along when the time comes.

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    I dunno about you but I sounded just like Bill Monroe on the Loars I've played. YMMV.....

    Byron Berline's was my favorite.

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    As good as Thiele is, he’s equally as good at putting a stellar group of musicians together. His Live From Here groups are truly mind boggling in their ability to morph from one genre to another, often in the same song.
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    Chris trying out and commenting on several Loars at Carter Vintage Instruments:

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    Just my opinion, but I liked his tone best back when he was playing his Dudenbostel. That was a sweet instrument.
    Purr more, hiss less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    Just my opinion, but I liked his tone best back when he was playing his Dudenbostel. That was a sweet instrument.
    I agree. I said it before and I'll say it again. Close to 300k that he did not need to spend.
    IMOP of course.

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    Yes, there are many victims who "hear with their eyes." Just my opinion. Wonder who has that Dudenbostel now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Lots of info on this subject in the interview we did with Chris in 2012: Chris Thile in London Interview.

    Picture below: the photo that came with the mandolin when Chris bought it that had no name attached to it, known to have been from the El Dorado, KS mandolin orchestra, and the photo I found of him in the 1925 El Dorado high school yearbook while researching who the owner might be while in town there to do a gig. Original owner was Virgil Bisagno. president of the Library Club his senior year, Treasure of the French Club his junior year, just in case you were wondering what kind of Renaissance man he might have been. I retroactively edited that interview to include information about him. I met Chris briefly in New York City at Tompkins Square Park that summer when he was practicing his Bach repertoire outdoors to about 75 people and showed him the photo. He was unaware the original owner's name had ever been identified.

    I still intend to go research who some of the other people in the photo of the orchestra were, particularly Fisher, who was the leader. There are at least two other Loars in the orchestra photo. One of them was located a couple of years after this article was published. I had a chance to buy it for a song but didn't. Interesting history, story, topic.

    Hey Scott, I'm looking for a beat worn Loar, virzi free! I'have feelers out and have excellent trading material is there any that fir the bill from this group by chance? Thank, Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    So who owns the filling in the Thile sandwich?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/75317
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    I'd take any of those first batch of 18th's all were special!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    So who owns the filling in the Thile sandwich?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/75317
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    I used to own this particular mandolin... I bought it from Mitch Simpson and then sold it. It was a great mandolin to be sure, but I've played and owned other Feb 18s that I liked better.

    My favorite Loar F5 of all time was a July 9th top-bound that Carter's sold to a fellow in England a few years ago. Tone, volume, balance, response... that one has it all. Used to belong to the guy that runs "Nimblefingers" up in BC Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAK View Post
    Yes, there are many victims who "hear with their eyes." Just my opinion. Wonder who has that Dudenbostel now?
    I would think Thile still does, but it's just a guess.

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