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Topic: Cant wait for my new servante....
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 30, 2005 10:58AM)
Frank, take pictures so these guys can drool over this new masterpiece :)
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 30, 2005 01:28PM)
Well, since you posted... ok.
I will.
Message: Posted by: cstreet_1986 (May 30, 2005 03:00PM)
Have you noticed that a lot of these posts seem pointless these days? I don't wish to cause too much offence here, but couldn't this just have been a Private Message?

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 30, 2005 03:14PM)
Message: Posted by: Dave V (May 30, 2005 04:40PM)
It could have been, but then we wouldn't get to see Koz's newest toy. Considering servantes are "on topic" for this forum I don't see any problem at all.

C'mon Frank, where's the picture? As long as you have the camera out I still wanna see your new hat too.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 30, 2005 06:43PM)
Well it was just being discussed that there are different ways to load...so I thought this might be a way to introduce my way...it really was a way to get frank to post some pictres when available....i'm not making anything form the servant so it matters not at all to me if anyone sees it...but I thought you might be interested (you as in the whole magiccafe street performer guys)in seeing it?...

fransk , when you get a chance...

Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (May 31, 2005 07:37AM)
Talk about a Masterpiece, Gazzo is making me a new customed pouch so I can keep my current pouch as a back up.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 31, 2005 09:13AM)
Message: Posted by: cstreet_1986 (May 31, 2005 11:26AM)
Ooo! sounds good. I don't know why I thought this, but I thought Gazzo wasn't making pouches anymore... Don't mind me, I'm always a bit dopey.

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 31, 2005 12:29PM)
On 2005-05-31 08:37, Mario Morris wrote:
Talk about a Masterpiece, Gazzo is making me a new customed pouch so I can keep my current pouch as a back up.

Mario, having a backup is a great idea. I've done this myself.
I have a backup everything. Except a pouch, come to think of it.

I'm wondering where to store this "backup set".
Where does one keep their spare stuff? In your house?
At a friend's house? If your house catches fire, both sets
would be gone. I'm contemplating this right now.
Message: Posted by: Jason Fleming (May 31, 2005 12:32PM)
It might be a good idea to buy a spare house. Then you could put all your spare stuff in there.

However, if your house *and* your spare house catch fire, you're toasted.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 31, 2005 07:24PM)
Still waiting!!!!! soon I hope....frank should be getting out of work and taking pictures very soon I hope :)
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 1, 2005 12:53AM)
I'm on the west coast, remember :)

Ok, here's a link to the

I picked it up this afternoon. It's a work of art.
I nearly wept.

The leather is beautiful and soft so it folds up nicely for travel.

I like simple so I decided to use plain old hardware store wooden dowels as the structure. If one breaks, you can find a new one in any town, and they can be removed, to ease in carrying the thing. The small dowels can be removed and tossed into the servante if you're walking to and from a gig.
Take out all 4 for travel.

Nice zippered pockets on either end for whatever kozmo decides to put in there.
I used the exact same pockets that are on my poacher's pouch on the inside. Great for small items and coin slots.

A simple flap covers the servante and closes with a standard belt type buckle.

Center dividers can be unsnapped and used as pockets or pieces of stiff plastic/masonite/etc. could be slipped in there to keep the dividers stiff.

Bottom and outside sides are stiffened with thick leather to help keep it's shape.

Shoulder strap clips on either end.

Rivets where beneficial. No velcro. No plastic. No corinthian vinyl.

The thread used to sew these pouches is revolutionary.
You could not break a thread with your hands even with gloves on, if you tried.
The servante, like all my pouches, is guaranteed not to ever break thru normal use or it will be repaired at no charge.

There is also a bit of artistic stitching in certain areas that looks really nice.
I should have shot a pic or two of that as well.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Jun 1, 2005 01:31AM)
Nice hat! Oh yeah, the bag's pretty good too.

I'll see what I can do to get you a pic of your pouch during it's "World Tour" next week.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 1, 2005 03:17AM)
Best of luck to you on your tour!

I've been thinking a lot about your upcoming tour.
I hope it is all you want it to be.

And as you can see, Kozmo is sleeping right now.
Tired from all that busking.

I should be in bed myself.
Message: Posted by: Paul G (Jun 1, 2005 03:30AM)
It looks very nice, Frank.

Couple questions: how does it attach to the table? Also, it looks like extends out quite a bit from the table. Will this prohibit the performer from working closely to the table?

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 1, 2005 03:37AM)
It attaches to the table with 2 straps that will snap to kozmo's keyboard stand.
I provided bare leather straps. He will punch holes and afix snaps at the right spots. We decided that this was the best way to go for him.

It ends up being about 6 inches further from the table.
I tried it out and it was comfortable distance.

Good question for Kozmo though, Paul.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 1, 2005 07:39AM)
I have worked with a similar design for years and there's no problem with me getting to the table... very comfortable... the deal with this versus a pouch is, I believe it's more deceptive... works great as a topit with some misdirection... when you quit at the end of the day you just pack it up like a bag and boom you are off... travels great on airplanes. (I fly, I'm good) :) It's been well thought out... acually frank came up with great ideas for the thing ..now it's time to road test the thing... I will let you know how it works..

Frank, that's HOT!!! Can't wait... send it to me dude!!!

On the road tomorrow to North Carolina so I won't get it in time, but will see it next week hopefully... WOW!!! Hope it looks that good in real life. :)
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Jun 1, 2005 08:25AM)
Excellent Frank!

Lots of great features and nice workmanship too.

Koz is gonna be even more of a demon out there with this great tool!

Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jun 1, 2005 09:02AM)
Is this one smaller or larger or what's the "improvements" over your last design?

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 1, 2005 11:30AM)
Its the same size...its much imporoved in the sense of conveinience....its so much eaier to transport eithrr on the plane or to the pitch...its closes up into a bag like a pocket book/purse...no what I mean?....so all your stuff can be right in there....the old one attached to the stand and hung there...and stuff could fall out although that wasn't a big problem...also this one is much stronger because of craftmanship and it leather wher the first 4 or 5 were that vynal?..stuff so this is the real one versus the prototypes that I have beenn developing over the years...and like;ly this will change...i think this design fits what I do and maybe not someone else BUT^ you can take this basic design and make it yours...

hope that helps

One more thing...the table servant is a great way to work but I also load out of my pockets so I have to have pants taylored to do this...which with pouches you don't need that additional expense but its how I work and I recommend it

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 1, 2005 11:57AM)
Koz, do you want those metal studs put on the bottom like
a briefcase or suitcase has to keep the leather from wearing

I set the pouch up this morning and was checking out the
workmanship. It's quite astounding. The work on the zipper
pockets looks like it's right out of a "Coach" catalog.

Absolute perfection.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 1, 2005 12:05PM)
You decide frank.....its infront of you...i don't know how much it will ever see the ground but it likely will be set on the ground as I'm packing and setting up...do what you think is best....cant wait to see it man...it looks great!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 1, 2005 12:11PM)
On 2005-06-01 10:02, JamesinLA wrote:
Is this one smaller or larger or what's the "improvements" over your last design?

Jim, the old one had a metal frame. Vinyl. The dividers did not go all the way to the
bottom. Like Kozmo said, it was just a prototype.

Other New features:
1. removable wooden dowels
2. shoulder strap
3. flap/cover
4. side zipper pockets
5. inside pockets
6. coin slots
7. reinforced bottom
8. snap dividers/pockets
9. wonderful soft leather

Even if you do wear a pouch, this could easily take the place of a back pouch
or your gear bag. I'm considering this for my outdoor work.
I use a suitcase table most of the time and if I did use this, I could go back
to using my restaurant try stand, the table top, and the servante, loaded with stuff.
And I'd still wear my poacher's pouch. A much lighter setup.

The last thing that needs to be re-designed is how it attaches to the stand.
I have some ideas that can probably be easily implemented by Koz to avoid the snaps.
Message: Posted by: kOnO (Jun 2, 2005 05:42AM)

Is this a one of a kind special for Kosmo, or will they be available for the rest of the buying public?

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 2, 2005 06:13AM)
Yes you can buy a KOZMO servant...frank will comment when he gets out of bed!!!!!!

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 2, 2005 11:30AM)
Yes, they will be available.

If you're interested, contact me.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 3, 2005 08:32PM)
This really looks cool! I can see how it would be easy to work out of and into.

BTW, some time back, I saw a post that said something about how a servante could be used like your lap. I found this amusing, because the original title of the Stars of Magic item where Slydini tipped lapping was called "The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante."
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 4, 2005 02:06AM)
You're right Bill. I remember that too.

One idea I have for the non-strap-non-snap connecter would be
to extend the short dowels toward the tray stand/keyboard stand.
Then secure them with straps to the stand.
The only issue would be that the distance between the dowels is constant
and might not match up with the stand correctly. More thought needed.
I'm sure a simple solution like this is very do-able.

You could attach them using cheap velcro straps, or a small leather strap.
Or even a short length of rope or nylon strap.


The servante cost is going to be $425. I'm going to have a small batch made for those that have emailed me. If you'd like to get one of them from this batch, let me know so I can add you to the list.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 9, 2005 11:56AM)
people have e-mailed you?/.....lol...good for you...let me know hwo gets one so I can talk to them about it and how its working for them so we can continue to develop this tool.....make sure you call it the
":kozmo": servant :)

as soon as I get mine I will post and let you know how the strapping it to the table thing is going along....

all the best
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 9, 2005 09:19PM)
Yes, and someone had a good idea about securing it to the table.
sans straps. will have to give this some thought.

I want one too.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 9, 2005 09:31PM)
Lol.....its a revolution!

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 9, 2005 10:11PM)
It might be.
I can't even get myself to switch to the cellini pouch from my original design.
Everything just seems so cozy as is. It's hard to make the leap to something new.

This I'm strongly considering, however.
I have to go thru my act and see what would have to change.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Jun 16, 2005 12:22AM)
Boys this thing is the BOMB!!!!
pictures cant and don't tell the storry...the BOMB!!!!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Oct 16, 2005 04:10PM)
The new servantes are now self-attaching to a keyboard stand
or to a restaurant tray stand. I devised a strap setup that makes
it adjustable and secures it to the stand without having to drill holes
and create your own fasteners. All self-contained now.

Copper tubing now replaces the wooden dowels, at kozmo's request.
Message: Posted by: DAK (Oct 17, 2005 10:24AM)

I love the servante you made for me _ hey Kozmo - love the name "The Bomb" !!

It'll get it's first outing at Covent garden next week!


Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Oct 17, 2005 10:48AM)
On 2005-06-09 22:19, Frank Starsini wrote:
Yes, and someone had a good idea about securing it to the table.
sans straps. will have to give this some thought.

I want one too.

[/quote]Just curious, re what solution you selected concerning that attachment..
Any tips?
Really just curious, if at all possible, a hint pls. re the attachment would be great..
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Oct 17, 2005 11:55AM)
I honestly don't remember what my previous post was about but what I came up with is this...
Kozmo already told me that straps needed to attach to the copper pipe not the servante itself so that was a given.

So I tried to come up with something simple. Basically picture 2 belts with holes everywhere. one belt attaches via loop to the copper piping. One belt attaches to the spectator end of the stand with leather "boots" that go over the far ends of the stand. line up the holes, and screw the 2 belts together with leather screws (flat).

once it's done the first time, it does not need to be undone.

it's simple, flexible, easy to do. and does not require a ton of custom work for each customer. It's basically the same for everybody.

Good luck at the Garden, DAK! Glad you like it.

Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Oct 17, 2005 02:16PM)
Frank does [i]great[/i] work! The stuff I have seen has all been top shelf stuff! I think he must have elves in his basement or something. :)