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    A few years ago, my grandfather Nolan Faulkner gave me his 1905 Gibson F-4 Artist serial 4519. It was stolen from him some years ago and he saw it for sale in a newspaper a couple of years later. I feel very honored to have this mandolin and I wanted to share some pics. this thing is freakin awesome! Hope you enjoy, and lemme know what you think about it.

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    Woah...
    Is that walnut on the back?

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    It has rosewood back and sides

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    In my humble opinion, a truly legendary mandolin. Not only is it beautiful physically, it sounds amazing on the recording. I would love to hear it in the flesh, so to speak.

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    BTW, everyone should own this record. It's one of the hidden gems of the mandolin world.

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    There's been a thread or two in the last few months regarding Mr. Faulkner & this mandolin. Those who know, or learn, of him, are still favorably impressed.
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    Thank you so much for posting.
    What a thrill to see this mandolin!
    I, too, would love to hear it 'in the flesh'.
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    Very cool mandolin. Is this recording available to buy in the digital age, or is it vinyl only? Would love to hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolirius View Post
    In my humble opinion, a truly legendary mandolin. Not only is it beautiful physically, it sounds amazing on the recording. I would love to hear it in the flesh, so to speak.

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    BTW, everyone should own this record. It's one of the hidden gems of the mandolin world.
    I have been looking for that recording for ages.

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    Nothing more elegant to my eye than a three pointer with a torch and wire head stock. That thing is beautiful.
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    That is truly Torch and Wire. Beautiful stuff.

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    I am dying to hear this recording! Anyone know of a place where it's available?
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    I'm not sure about availability. It's on Old Homestead and I'm not sure what the status of that label is. I'd love to make anyone a CD who's interested. A few years ago a friend scored an unwrapped copy on ebay and we made a CD from that, so I have a great digital copy. If the album's available, I don't want to bootleg but if not man, people need to hear this guy! He's right up there with Monroe, Wakefield or any of the great bluegrass mandolin stylists.

    BTW Aaron, can you share the story of the theft and subsequent recovery?

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    Blacktop three-point torch and wire, there's something you don't see everyday; I actually own that vinyl as well. The fretboard inlays are interesting, and you can also see where the first idea for the shape of the Loar mandola's scroll came from.
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    Looks like there is a copy available in France (?). (Nice pics of the front & back of the album on this site).
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    I just found this Miller Brother's gospel album as a free download that has Nolan on Mandolin too.

    http://musicyouwont.blogspot.com/201...-brothers.html

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    To those that are pm-ing me, I'm not really comfortable offering to send folks an album they could buy otherwise. I wonder if anyone knows the status of Old Homestead Records and whether their catalogue is still available.
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    I will get some more details from Nolan about the theft and recovery and where he obtained it originally. He said he would get working on finding more vinyls for anyone that needs them. We spoke yesterday and we decided at some point to record another album or at least a few songs. Since im an audio engineer, we thought it would be convenient and a good time to record more material. I will keep everyone posted on the progress once we start the sessions. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I really appreciate it!

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    Reportedly Mr. Faulkner has been playing some live dates around Detroit with someone named Long Tall Lou.
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    Nolan Faulkner has recently jammed on stage with "Behind The Times", a Detroit based Bluegrass band. Here is a blurry photo of Nolan from the Behind The Times Facebook page.

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    I just listened to The Legendary Kentucky Mandolin again for about the 975th time...In my opinion, Nolan Faulkner has the best phrasing and the best tremolo I have heard...Period. This guy's incredible.

    Aaron, I'll be first in line if Nolan records new material. He is the Man.
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    Old Homestead Records has a Web site and contact info if you wish to inquire about the current disposition of the LP. I don't see it listed in any of their catalogs.

    http://home.comcast.net/~oldhomestea...contactus.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Old Homestead Records has a Web site and contact info if you wish to inquire about the current disposition of the LP. I don't see it listed in any of their catalogs.

    http://home.comcast.net/~oldhomestea...contactus.html
    Just sent an inquiry.

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    This is the response I received from Old Homestead.

    Sir, The original LP is long out of print but I can make you a custom cd. I charge $20 plus $2.25 postage to put an lp on cd. You can pay by Pay Pal, Credit Card or send check or money order to Old Homestead Records, PO Box 100,
    Brighton, MI 48116. Phone 810 227 1997
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    Mr. Faulkner was very lucky to recover that mandolin. And you are very lucky to receive it as a gift. Take good care of her.
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    Default Re: Legendary Kentucky Mandolin of Nolan Faulkner 1905 F-4 Artist

    Just recently I saw a copy of this LP at one of Nashville's used record shops, but passed over it for some reason. Guess I need to go back and buy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Just recently I saw a copy of this LP at one of Nashville's used record shops, but passed over it for some reason. Guess I need to go back and buy it!
    Definitely!

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