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    The Mandolin Cafe has posted the following news release:
    10 Questions for Dan Beimborn
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_001363.shtml

    Dan Beimborn, the owner and administrator of the Mandolin Archive chats with us about his web site and added role and the technical guy behind the Mandolin Cafe.

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    Awesome interview. Thanks to Dan for all of his hard work on the Mandolin Archive; a truly unique resource. And thanks for all the work involved in hosting the Mandolin Cafe. I really like the close up photography.
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    Talk about your unsung hero, Dan is the man. Wife and I had the privilege of dinner with him last time I was in London. An exceptional human being.

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    Nice interview, Scott and thanks Dan for all of your tireless contributions to our mando universe. I also appreciate the Archive and its expansion to include Gilchrist, Wiens instruments beyond Gibsons. Thanks again!

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    What a great read! Fascinating to learn so much about the wizard behind the curtain at the Mandolin Cafe and the Mandolin Archive. I had no idea he is American by birth, and I felt a bit of nationalist pride. We are very fortunate to have someone with his estimable talents, knowledge, insight, and dedication devoting himself to these resources.

    From time to time I think of submitting my instruments to the Archive for inclusion in the collection. I doubt my plain A is worthy, though it's a good player, but hopefully my 1916 H-2 mandola is.

    There was a point early on when I saw the cover of Dan's CD, with this wording on the link: "Dan Beimborn's 2006 CD, Torch and Fire, with his 1909 Gibson F4, serial number 9100 as the cover art. Click to purchase." For the briefest moment my mind fooled me into thinking I could purchase the MANDOLIN ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    From time to time I think of submitting my instruments to the Archive for inclusion in the collection. I doubt my plain A is worthy, though it's a good player, but hopefully my 1916 H-2 mandola is.
    Journeybear- we like to record all of the models, anything with a serial number (and hopefully a FON!) will get a listing! Again, I'm a bit behind *cough* on some submissions, but my intention is indeed to get them all in!
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    I think three pointers are among the most beautiful mandolins in the world, and those pictured above are stunning.
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    I should also have mentioned that 3640 is a wide-body. 9211 is about 1" less wide at the widest point!
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    Great interview! Thanks.
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    Hello Eddie, drop me a note with the details (and some pictures if you have them!) to

    info2 at mandolinarchive.com

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    the photos are striking...... pegheads beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. It makes me want one!

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    Noting the anniversary of this fine interview published in 2011.

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    Noting today's anniversary of this feature interview. Just paid a couple of days visit to Dan on his houseboat near London while on vacation a few weeks back. Way too much fun .

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    Great article/interview! I need to get with the program and submit a handful of old Gibson's I have that aren't in the archive!

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    Envious of your time with Dan, Scott! I'd have at least 10 questions for him!

    Having, over the years, passed on several opportunities to own LL's, for various reasons, I have finally achieved my goal of purchasing a Lloyd period Gibson. So...maybe not one LL paid much attention to... an A-Jr. (snake-head).

    I've not found a great deal of information about the Jrs. I've also struggled to clearly make out the identifying numbers. Best I can tell, the serial number is 70050 and the FON 11165. (both the numbers on the block and the label are obscured by age and wear. The numbers don't seem to jibe with the reading I've done! They are somewhat in conflict, as 70050 would put it one number past Dan's own Jr. (a 1922 - didn't know snake-head's were produced that early). The FON (which, on inspection) is a bit clearer, shows no relatives other than a virzi-H5 [mandola] from 1924)

    Anything information I could glean would be gratefully received. Once I get it straightened-out, I'd be honored to have it listed in the journal, should it deserve it!

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    Hey Rush, Yes it deserves mentioned in the archive-all old Gibson's that are found should be IMHO! I have a handful that I need to get sent in!

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    Hello Rush- I'd still go 1922 (ship date) for 70050. The FON looks like you could be right in the middle of Ajrs with similar serials.. here's a sampling (note lots of incomplete data!)

    +--------+---------+------+-------+
    | serial | fon | year | model |
    +--------+---------+------+-------+
    | 64629 | 11420 | 1921 | Ajr |
    | 65174 | 11425 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 66380 | 11425 | 1921 | Ajr |
    | 70049 | 11648 | 1922 | Ajr |
    | 70660 | 11634 | 1922 | Ajr |
    | 71561 | 11761 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 71565 | 11761 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 72641 | 11815 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 73437 | 11047 | 1923 | Ajr |
    | 74497 | 11962 | 1923 | Ajr |
    | 75093 | 11006A | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 75097 | 11006A | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 75778 | 11044 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 75809 | 11044 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 76581 | 11051 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 76675 | 11654 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 76940 | 11943.A | NULL | Ajr |
    | 77031 | 11185A | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 77454 | 8038 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 77547 | 11191.A | NULL | Ajr |
    | 77695 | 12098 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 77826 | 11209A | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 78190 | 11231 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 79285 | 8092 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 79439 | 8153 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 79792 | 8190 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 79806 | 8190 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 80270 | 8405 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 80286 | 8405 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 80647 | 8508 | 1924 | Ajr |
    | 80830 | 8559 | 1925 | Ajr |
    | 80849 | 8559 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 81763 | 8712 | 1925 | Ajr |
    | 83156 | 8296 | 1926 | Ajr |
    | 84037 | 9210 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 84916 | 9240 | 1927 | Ajr |
    | 85831 | 9618 | NULL | Ajr |
    | 94307 | 9210 | NULL | Ajr |
    +--------+---------+------+-------+
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