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Posted by frianm on Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Well I have announced my retirement - Jan 5 09 - and am starting to thin out my possessions.  I was able to sell my old SS Stewart to a delightful HO member and I have given my Pennington/Gold Tone Woody to a young woman in the parish who already plays fiddle and guitar.  I performed the wedding for her and her young husband  a while back and they are growing together wonderfully and they sing and play together.  I was able to give him a large part of my theology library so the banjo was a bribe to his bride.  I fully expect that this summer when they return to our town she will be playing well need need an upgrade banjo.  We shall see - I love to encourage young musicians.

Having cut down on my banjos I am pleased to have found a Stelling.  This is one of my dream instruments.  I hope to get it here in a week or so.  Meanwhile I am looking for a buyer for my Deering Sierra, upgraded with a Pass rim.  I have put my Huber ring on my Gibson camp banjo and am thrilled by its sound and playability.  I have a Huber/Gibson rim coming for it to replace the old walnut one.  So long as I can get  satisfactory fit of the neck I shall be home free.

I was delighted today to get together with a deacon friend from Fond du Lac who plays really well and who will work with me to cure my bad banjo habits and discipline my playing.  I hope we can get together weekly. 

I am off now in a month to Belize and Peru for a sabbatical visit and to look at mission opportunities.  I was asked to look at a job in Madagascar but my wife is not sure there - very far away.  We shall see how God guides us.  I shall pack my openback Vega franken instrument by taking it apart and putting it in the suitcase.  Then I can carry the guitar s well.  I shall probably spend much of the two months singing and plying with church children. 

Enough rambling

I do hope all this snow melts before Memorial day!

3 comments on “Developments”

Cottonmouth Says:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 @7:40:43 AM

Good Morning, Ian. Should you have a short-scale 5-string neck tha needs a new home, please let me know. Enjoy your trip to Belize, but pray hard about Madagascar; the sharks are ravenous! Ken

frianm Says:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 @8:00:08 AM

Thanks Ken,

Sorry no short scale necks.  I have seen a couple on ebay these last few months.

mainejohn Says:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 @8:19:42 AM

Hi Ian: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! I hope this means you'll spend more time in VT and that we can get together...

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