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Dennis,

I really enjoyed what you had to say and thank you for taking the time.  Ya
gotta come here for the Taylor factory tour.  I'll buy you a beer.

Bob G.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis S. Wish, PE [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:27 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: WOOD: Field Splicing


Garner, Robert wrote:

>Bill, 
>
>Actually, that's similar to the way the way they splice on the heads of
>certain guitars.  But they make a multiple finger cut with long (relative
to
>their width) fingers.  I saw this during a tour of the Taylor Guitar
factory
>here in San Diego (a tour I highly recommend).  They routinely test these
as
>part of their quality control process and they are typically stronger than
>the base material.  I think it has to do with the pressure glueing process.
>
>The code?  '97 UGC I guess (Uniform Guitar Code?)
>
>Regards,
>
>Bob G.
>
>
>  
>

Good point Bob. I love my 915 that I traded a seismic retrofit for. I 
got the guitar from Ben Harper while he was still with Taj Mahal and 
working with his grandfather who owned the Folk Instrument Center in 
Clarmont California. Who would have figured where Ben would be today. He 
special ordered my 915 Jumbo from Taylor and I received it at the same 
time I pulled the permit for the retrofit. His grandfather was an old 
Russian and a wonderful poet and artist. I spend a lot of time with the 
family and after I moved to the desert I traveled back with my 
mother-in-law before Alzheimer's took her. Ben's grandfather (Charles 
Chase) gave my mother-in-law a book of poems he wrote and she just loved 
the gift.
The store is still there and they now have weekly concerts with some 
really talented people. I'm not sure how often Ben shows up but he 
purchased the store after his grandfather died so that he could keep it 
open and offer it to the community in much the same way that McCabes did 
in Santa Monica.
I just got a copy from the paper about Bob Taylors success. I have not 
been to the company and should make the trip - I'd like to see Martin as 
well since I also have a limited edition Orchestra Model OM-28C that my 
wife gave me on our tenth anniversary in 1980. There were only 89 of 
these made and they are really sweet sounding.

Sorry - but I had to jump on this off topic as it really appeals to me.
Dennis


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