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The Trump(et) sounds

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

And now for something completely different!

We are entering a new (or at least not experienced by our generation) era in American politics. It is my prayerful hope that all of us make the most of this, seeing it as an opportunity not a defeat or disaster. As I wander off into my particular sunset I can look back and, stifling a giggle, wave a cheery "good luck" to all those I leave behind.

Happy trails!

Tom Meisenheimer

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Occupation: retired graphic artist

Gender: Male
Age: 85

My Instruments:
Saga kit banjo 1972, Alvarez (resonator back), Morgan Monroe Mandolin, Homemade beautiful mandolin, Stradolin 1950s mandolin, Gibson Songbird, Kay "dreadnaught", no name mid-19th century fretless banjo, brass sheathing around rim and brass eagle brackets, all wooden fretless tack-head made mostly by me with Terry Bell's Boucher neck, penny whistles (all keys), Native American cedar flute (f#) and a Washburn Imperial circa 1897. Bell Stichter "Strumelia", Home made Akonting, no name pony or "travel" banjo, Vega Tubafon plectrum with resonator, Hilo Uke tuned to Irish banjo ADAD . Saga open back (not a kit). Odd open back 5 string made for gut with brass, copper, and aluminum inlays (1875-85) and Trinity College Bouzouki, highly modified Kay $40 wonder, Oscar Schimdt Auto harp pre 1910?, Oscar Schmidt auto harp 15 bar 2018, Really old and oddly inlayed 5 string fretless ca 1870?

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
anyone recorded before 1945 with some exceptions, and Ken Haferman, Pete Stampfel, Don Huber, Mike Seeger, Billy Olsen, all the older guys banjoist and otherwise, Butch Wunderlich, Faith Petrick, LarryHanks, Herb Jaeger, Dan Gellert, Hunter Robertson, Milton Kalish, Ozark Hens (older gals than the Dixie Chicks) Daoiri Ferrell, Clifton Hicks.

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Born a while ago. Grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wandered a lot. Lived in SF Bay area 26 years. Gonzo bicyclist, now ride recumbent trike. Travel a lot (thats the same as wander a lot when you're a geezer) There is only one way to play a banjo and that is the way that you want to play it no matter what the banjo nazis say. At 85 I am calling myself 'The Oldest Banjo Player in Franklin county". As far as I know. I tend to "rescue" old instruments and I have a good number like the Kokle made in Riga Latvia, a home-made plucked dulcimer from a junk shop in the Ozarks of Arkansas and what would be a button accordion except it has keys (from Italy).

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