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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 Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"It's a nice Lacote school guitar: a good price for America, and should sell. But I am writing to you because I am interested in learning more about your Lyre guitar playing. Could we talk though j@theguitarmuseum.com please? thank you, James"
Dec 15, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"I just wanted to add: I know many excellent guitarists who have been playing all their lives, who never adventure past the 12th fret, and don't feel the need to for the sort of music they play. I certainly wouldn't call them…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"Looking at the date, the first '1' is attached to the '0' so my guess is the date is 1801. what the other '1' is anyone's guess. Perhaps 1=January? Perhaps the French took all the ones from the Austrian dates! (as…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Steve Metcalfe's discussion Help with identifying guitar.
"It was made in London around 1810. Probably by Longman, or some such company (but not Preston)."
Feb 3, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Jan Burgers's discussion original 19th-century guitar for sale
"It’s German made"
Nov 28, 2019

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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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