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An award to attend a conference

This may be of interest to some of you, but also please pass it on to people you may know?A society of scholars and guitar players devoted to the musical history, the social history and the…Continue

Tags: award, fellowship, English, mandolin, conference

Started Jan 9, 2016

c. 1820 original French antique guitar, including label by Pupil of Lacote
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stamped: 'Marotel' on the neck-block. Nicolas Marotel, Paris c. 1820. With a handwritten label which reads: Legros, luthier, ex ouvrier de Mr Lacote de Paris (trans: Legros luthier, former worker of…Continue

Tags: parlor, romantic, antique, Sor, parlour

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marten Falk Jan 6, 2016.

New book on Louis Panormo and other 19th century London-based guitar makers
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In 2012 I submitted my PhD thesis, titled: Guitar Making in Nineteenth-century London: Louis Panormo and his Contemporaries. I have been approached by a publisher who is willing to publish this in…Continue

Tags: Pons, making, luthiers, lutherie, Gerard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stanley Alexandrowicz Aug 17, 2015.


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James Westbrook replied to Michael's discussion Any ideas what it is??
"I can’t see any photos?"
Aug 13, 2018
James Westbrook replied to Thomas Tallant's discussion Lhoyer Opus 31, Duo Concertants
"I’m sure Erik Stenstadvold would know. You can contact him at the Norwegian Academy of Music"
May 20, 2018
James Westbrook replied to Luc Bastiaenssen's discussion 1838 Louis Panormo fan bracing
"yes, George Lewis Panormo favoured 8, and it could have been one he made while working for his Uncle. five and two halves, seven and a half too. There is nothing ‘usual’ about seven."
Dec 30, 2017
James Westbrook replied to Tom Monaghan's discussion Anonymous Romantic Guitar for sale
"Please could you hold the guitar for me, thank you. James"
Dec 4, 2017
James Westbrook replied to gilles T's discussion renaissance guitar plans ?
"Sorry, I can’t answer your question, but as background reading, have you read Christopher Page’s award winning book on the Tudor Guitar, which looks at all the evidence available surrounding the English gittern."
Dec 1, 2017
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"It’s definitely 19th century! I can’t really tell from this one photo, but the paper label may not be correct?"
Nov 28, 2017
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion help with label on my 19th century guitar
"Can’t see the photo?"
Nov 28, 2017

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At 10:53 on February 3, 2017, Alexander Jovanovic said…
No ... It was sold Last year .
At 8:24 on February 3, 2016, Peter Forrester said…

Pleased, James.

At 19:09 on October 18, 2014, Stuart C. Deutsch said…

Hi James, I heard from Steve Stein in San Francisco that you are completing a book about the luthier Jose Rubio. Please let me know where I can get a copy. All the best.

Stuart Deutsch

e-mail: <xodo54@yahoo.com>

At 22:50 on June 14, 2011, Mark Smith said…

Hi James,

I'm not sure whether you're a player or not, but if you are, would you be interested in playing some Baroque Guitar Duets? I live near Eastbourne, and have only recently begun to play this instrument.


Mark Smith 

At 15:37 on November 7, 2010, Monica Hall said…
I wish I had ...but I'm afraid not.! Hope Stephen can help but he and June were not on very friendly terms and she left him with an awful lot of clearing up to do! Monica
At 18:44 on November 6, 2010, Monica Hall said…
Hi James, All June's books and music went to the Hispanic Society of America. I don't know about the instruments but I would think they either went with the books or would have been sold by now. Her brother Stephen is still around. His E-mail seems to be Stephen@Yakeley.com and his phone no is 020 7609 9846. Monica
At 22:20 on November 5, 2010, pat o'brien said…
Oh, my!

As you probably know June Yakeley died here in the States in December 1999 while on her yearly visit to visit friends in the States about Christmastime. She said she was about to rewrite her will during that trip. I have no idea what happened to her instruments. I think much of her collection of books went to the Library of the Museum of the Hispanic Society here in NewYork. I suppose the bulk of her things went to her brother, who also lived in London. I can't even remember his name.

Perhaps her friend close Monica Hall would know what happened. I seem to remember she had bought some rather special instruments. Are you thinking of a particular one?

There is a bar in Manhattan I go to on the anniversary of her death each year to have a drink in her honor.


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