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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

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.

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.

An accurate copy of an 1838 Louis Panormo guitar for sale

a brand new authentic copy of an 1838 Louis Panormo guitar, made by myself James Westbrook.It was four years in the making, and is largely based on my PhD findings (the bracing treats the treble…Continue

Tags: for sale, guitar, Louis Panormo

Started Jun 13, 2015

 

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Peter Forrester left a comment for James Westbrook
"Pleased, James."
Feb 3
Peter Forrester and James Westbrook are now friends
Feb 3
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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 organology of guitars, but with special emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries The Andrew Britton FellowshipThe Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a…See More
Jan 25
James Westbrook replied to Alexander Jovanovic's discussion BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL LOUIS PANORMO SPANISH STYLE 1847 INCL. COFFIN CASE FOR SALE
"Please email me photos, especially a clear one of the label to j@theguitarmuseum.com and also how much is it? Thank you."
Jan 12
James Westbrook posted a discussion

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 organology of guitars, but with special emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries The Andrew Britton FellowshipThe Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a…See More
Jan 9
Marten Falk replied to James Westbrook's discussion c. 1820 original French antique guitar, including label by Pupil of Lacote
"I have played this very guitar and I can testify that it is a wonderful instrument. Beautiful sound and good playing condition. Best from Marten"
Jan 6
James Westbrook replied to Allan Jones's discussion Guitar identification / ideas
"The neck is butt-joined, i.e. the end grain of the neck is glued against the neck block shown in your last photo; probably not even dove-tailed in. The only strength from that type of join, comes from the applied fingerboard - although…"
Jan 6
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Venture a guess as to who made this historic guitar?
"Where are the photos? They are not appearing on my smart phone at least? Also, Bastien, who I do know, didn't make six-course guitars, presumably you mean six-string?"
Jan 6
James Westbrook replied to Allan Jones's discussion Guitar identification / ideas
"By the way, aren't the tuners a delight; absolutely hand-made.  "
Jan 5
James Westbrook replied to Allan Jones's discussion Guitar identification / ideas
"The head join is original and not repaired. I have photos of a guitar I once had, and I believe it could be from the same manufactory. Does it have the same, odd, internal neck block as my one? James"
Jan 5
James Westbrook posted a discussion

c. 1820 original French antique guitar, including label by Pupil of Lacote

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 Mr Lacote of Paris) Select maple back and sides, with hazelfichte figured spruce soundboard - stunning looker.  converted by Legros De La Neuville around 1820s from wooden tuning pegs to tuning machines. Vannes says that Legros invented mechanical tuners. No case. Condition: fully restored, plays…See More
Jan 3
James Westbrook replied to Allan Jones's discussion Guitar identification / ideas
"German, mid 19th century. It is possible that the head has been repaired, but a larger photo covering more of the head and neck join is needed."
Jan 3
James Westbrook left a comment for Tarquin Bolton
"I would like very much to discuss your guitar with you. Can we do this via email at j@theguitarmuseum.com please? It is easier to attach photos etc. Please start by sending me an email to that address. Thank you, James"
Aug 23, 2015
James Westbrook and Tarquin Bolton are now friends
Aug 23, 2015
Stanley Alexandrowicz replied to James Westbrook's discussion New book on Louis Panormo and other 19th century London-based guitar makers
"Dear James, your book sounds wonderful! I'll attach my information below. I hope all is well! Best Always! Stanley Stanley W. Alexandrowicz - Classical Guitarist 754 Pilgrim Ave. Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648-4617 U.S.A. Telephone (609)…"
Aug 17, 2015
James Westbrook replied to James Westbrook's discussion New book on Louis Panormo and other 19th century London-based guitar makers
"Dear Blair, thank you for your support. Please can I have your postal address, to add to my list. You can reply to j@theguitarmuseum.com if you prefer. Thank you. James"
Jul 17, 2015

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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.

Yours,

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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