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Here is a link to the The gist of the warehouse is that Andy has been collecting instruments over the past few years. I heard about him from an article in the Fretboard Journal. I contacted him a month ago and made an appointment to see his collection.
Album I set up in facebook for Andy's Music Warehouse. It was quite an interesting experience. Needless to say it was a little overwhelming. One daughter naturally gravitated towards the viola D'amore and the percussions. The other played around on the different pianos and tamer guitars. I zeroed in on the Knutsen Harp Mando, the Gibson HG and the three European Harp guitars. The air was quite dry and there were steel strings on the Schrammels so I when I tried the one instrument with a full set of strings I did not bring it to full tension (I was a little scared to). Ironically the harp mando was in the best shape of the instruments I played with. All the harp guitars would need some restoration to get in playing condition. It seems like Andy's goal is to create a Chicago Museum of Musical Instruments. He stated everything was for sale but he seemed reluctant to give me a price. I am not an expert on any of this stuff but the violins seemed to be in better shape. Annie dug around a pile of bows on the floor for one that would work and even without rosin she was able to get some sound of the instruments. She now wants a viola d'amore.... When Annie hit the gong the whole room resonated and it was simply amazing. Even my wife and emma seemed to enjoy themselves. __________________ nate blaustein
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