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Early Panormo guitar

Does anyone know of an earlier Panormo guitar than 1822 please? Please don't quote books, unless they contain a direct reference to an actual labelled instrument. Also do you know of any LABELLED…Continue

Tags: Panormo & Co., Louis Panormo, Joseph Panormo

Started Apr 12, 2012

London Pons
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Please does anyone in England have a 'labelled' London-made guitar by Pons which i could have some information on, or come and see? I'd prefer to hear directly please (to receive photos) at…Continue

Tags: harp-guitar by Grosjean, and, London-made Pons guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sinier de Ridder Sep 23, 2011.

 

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James Westbrook replied to nick harrison's discussion Another mystery guitar.
"I've done a PhD on the Roudhloffs (well a chapter within a PhD). But there is no point in exploring that. Your guitar looks like a c.1900 German import to me. But to be sure you need to post the one important photo which usually…"
Aug 12
James Westbrook replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Replica Louis Panormo, Build photo
"I guess the most important thing to do is make sure (unlike Torres, but like Lacote and Stauffer) that you make sure the soundboard is assymetrical. Either using their eight, or six and a half fan-brace pattern, if you can find a plan, or use the…"
Nov 25, 2012
James Westbrook and Aarón García Ruiz are now friends
Nov 2, 2012
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Early Panormo guitar

Does anyone know of an earlier Panormo guitar than 1822 please? Please don't quote books, unless they contain a direct reference to an actual labelled instrument. Also do you know of any LABELLED Joseph Panormo guitars. Thank you.See More
Apr 12, 2012
James Westbrook left a comment for pat o'brien
"Dear Pat, Remember me, I was asking you about June Yakeley's instruments. I don't know if I actually told you, but I saw them! But I am emailing you today to tell you that I will be at the AMIS conference in May, and wondered if you wanted…"
Feb 19, 2012
James Westbrook and Gerhard Penn are now friends
Feb 15, 2012
James Westbrook and Florian Vorreiter are now friends
Dec 8, 2011
James Westbrook left a comment for Dale R. Lasen
"Dear Dale, Please could you email me directly at: j@theguitarmuseum.com thank you. James"
Oct 7, 2011
Sinier de Ridder replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Hello,  By "branded" we mean the luthier put his own iron brand (his name) inside the guitar, sometimes hidden under in a discreet place. Music sellers put generaly theirs paper labels readable through the soundhole. In Mirecourt (and…"
Sep 23, 2011
James Westbrook replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"yes branding means hot iron mark, but the 'London' Pons didn't do this, and I never said that he/they did. Pons usually engraved his name to a piece of pearl on the headstock. So thats how we know they were by Pons (plus stylistic and…"
Sep 23, 2011
Melos Antigos replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Interesting.   So how does one then know it's a Pons??   PS: What do you mean by branding? Is that when the luthier indicates his name (or symbol) on the instrument? Do you mean the inclusion of a label, when you say…"
Sep 22, 2011
Sinier de Ridder replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Pons are most often not branded!"
Sep 21, 2011
James Westbrook replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"my bad typing, I meant  'branding'"
Sep 21, 2011
Sinier de Ridder replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Hello James, What is "brianing"? Sorry for my english, but I don't understand. Daniel"
Sep 20, 2011
James Westbrook replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Thank you for adding to the discussion, but i didn't mention 'brianing'? I actually meant either one with a paper label or one with their name engraved to a pearl plaque on the head."
Sep 20, 2011
Sinier de Ridder replied to James Westbrook's discussion London Pons
"Hello James The only Pons i know branded is the Basel museum' one…… It is a particularity of Pons to not brand guitars, especially those made in London… All the best Françoise"
Sep 20, 2011

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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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