Sept. 7, 2020
Newsletter road trip and Banjo purchases
September 7th, 2020
Good morning friends,
Julie and I returned to Rochester on Friday after a 10 state, 1400 mile, five day worldwind tour. Julie did all of the driving and I must say I always felt safe. We motored through Pennsylvania down to Annapolis, Maryland where we picked up about 20 fine instruments. From there we journeyed to New Jersey where we bought out a large collection of parts including many old banjo rims. We moved on to Massachusetts where we met with a good friend and picked up two fine Gibson flattop guitars. Our next stop was Portland, Maine where we loaded up another 15 fine, open back banjos by various modern makers. Our final stop was in Schenectady, New York where we picked up one of the finest modern Martin’s, a Paul Simon signature series, that we have ever played.
Now, back in Rochester, I find myself in the familiar corner. Julie and I spent the weekend at the store. We had open hours on Saturday and it was quite busy. People did practice safe distancing, sanitizing and mask wearing. It was a little unusual but being back in the store brought back that old feeling. I really enjoy being around all the instruments, it has been my life for so many years. I intend to finish out the fishing season down at Keuka Lake but I will be back on weekends. By October I plan on being back in the store.
Among the great acquisitions that we made this past week is this trio of Martin artist signature series guitars: Eric Clapton, Ian Anderson, and Paul Simon. Just ignore the joker posing with them!
Overhand Sam gives a glance at Gibson Century of Progress....and then I had to tell that story to everyone.
Julie had to get back to her garden. Her sunflower is getting out of control. It may be a candidate for Jack and the beanstalk!