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Offline thymallus

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« on: October 03, 2011, 12:04:54 PM »
Hi Folks,
my son studies with a elderly gentleman who basically brought the classical guitar to Canada. His name is Eli Kassner and he recently was given a spot in the GFA Hall of Fame. When my son was at his lesson he noticed one of many guitars on the walls and brought it down... it was a guitar Eli had played in the 1960s for some gigs at the Stratford festival and a few other things. We thought it would be dead from a lack of playing it still sounds beautiful and stays in tune. My son has been playing it like crazy once he changed the strings and tuned it up. Here are some pictures... This is the body and the body http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5690073/Burlington-20110929-00005.jpg and the headstock http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5690073/Burlington-20110930-00006.jpgI understand it must be pretty darn old and there are few pics around but no details.  If anyone can comment great but if not, thanks for reading the story.
 

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 12:39:27 PM »
Nice old Washie bud, cool story too...
 

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 04:30:33 PM »
Yes, it was cool to see this old piece of craftsmanship. I think that it was luckily stored in a room which has lots of music played in it all day and the humidity maintained. Other guitars I have heard seem to go quite dead after 15 years in a case unplayed and I can only imagine what 30 years would do.
 

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 10:04:44 AM »
Looking in the Prewar Instruments book by Pleijsier, it appears to be a Style 135 probably made in 1907.
 

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011, 04:48:40 PM »
1907... wow. It doesn't look a day over 75!
 

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2011, 04:58:22 PM »
You would think that there would be some sort of model number on it or something but there really is nothing except the A1014 on the label.