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Topic: Special announcement from the Cups and Balls Museum
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 10, 2010 02:16PM)
As an early Christmas gift, my dear wife has something interesting for me.

http://69.89.31.132/~cupsandb/museum/announcements.htm
Message: Posted by: cupsandballsmagic (Dec 10, 2010 02:21PM)
:wow: :wow: :wow: Wow! Somebody loves you Bill! Congratulations!
Bri
Message: Posted by: geemack (Dec 10, 2010 03:34PM)
Oh no, Bill! Now you have to take more photos. I bet you're bummed. ;)

Greg
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Dec 10, 2010 03:39PM)
Mrs. Palmer - what a woman!

Many congratulations on your new gift Bill.

Tom
Message: Posted by: Donnie Buckley (Dec 10, 2010 03:58PM)
That's a terrific acquisition for the museum and a wonderful way to get it. Congratulations Bill!
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Dec 10, 2010 04:12PM)
Congratulations Bill! What a great collection to aquire.
Message: Posted by: HerbLarry (Dec 10, 2010 04:40PM)
To those who live good lives and have good wives...
Congrats!
Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Dec 10, 2010 04:53PM)
Considering how Bill already shares his great collection with all of us through the Museum, this is like a gift to us all. I can't wait to see the cups added to the Museum!

Congratulations Bill, and thank you Mrs. Palmer!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 10, 2010 04:53PM)
Well, I'm halfway there! I have a good wife!

Thanks to all of you.

BTW, she knew how much I wanted those cups, but I didn't dare ask for them.
Message: Posted by: dcjames (Dec 10, 2010 04:57PM)
What a wonderful gift! Congratulations Bill!!!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 10, 2010 05:16PM)
Thanks!

I think I'll keep her a while longer!
Message: Posted by: Payne (Dec 10, 2010 05:46PM)
If only I hadn't lost my user ID and password
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 10, 2010 06:00PM)
What a wonderful surprise! Congratulations, Bill. This is what you call having Christmas all year long.

Sean
Message: Posted by: panlives (Dec 10, 2010 06:07PM)
Dear Bill,

You alone are awesome enough!

Now we have to deal with a husband/wife tag team...

...have mercy!

Oh, and take good pictures.

Yum.
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Dec 10, 2010 06:07PM)
Wow, That beats a sweater any day. Congratulations Bill!

There's more room to walk around at Ray's place now too.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 10, 2010 07:02PM)
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On 2010-12-10 18:46, Payne wrote:
If only I hadn't lost my user ID and password
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Fixed you up!
Message: Posted by: Kevin Gardner (Dec 10, 2010 07:19PM)
Congratulation, and many many thanks for sharing images and descriptions of your collection with the magic community.

A much nicer gift than the old stand by: a Cups and Balls neck tie:
http://www.zazzle.com/%22cups+and+balls%22+gifts
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 10, 2010 07:33PM)
WOW! I'm gonna have to get one of those!
Message: Posted by: APC (Dec 10, 2010 10:03PM)
Hey Bill, it appears I also lost my ID/Password. Is it possible to get a new one?
Thanks,
Adam
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Dec 10, 2010 11:12PM)
Years ago I asked Bill if his wife had a sister, he offered me her brother...
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 12, 2010 12:09PM)
When the Goulet collection arrived, it was contained in five boxes, which had been consolidated into two larger ones for shipping purposes. Each of these boxes contained several carefully wrapped sets of cups as well as some smaller boxes that contained more sets of cups.

I have added 17 sets to the database so far, selecting some of the ones that I think most of you would find quite interesting. Among these are the cups Alexander Herrmann used as well as a set from Martinka's that had an interesting substitute for a chop cup.

There is also a very large set of traditional cups from Morrissey in copper. This is a prototype. Just go to the database and do a date search. Use 12/11/2010 as the search by date.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Dec 13, 2010 06:06PM)
Very nice Bill, congratulations!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 13, 2010 10:20PM)
I'm taking a temporary (24 hour) hiatus in cataloguing this material. Seems that there is a fellow who wants a banjo that I own, so I need to get that packed up and shipped out. However, the work will commence again once the banjo is safely on its way.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Dec 14, 2010 08:11AM)
When is the Banjo museum gonna be up and running Bill?
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 14, 2010 04:08PM)
There already is one in Boston. I can't compete with that!

There was a great one in Tokyo, but the owner was the CEO of a company that suspected him of spending money improperly...
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Dec 14, 2010 05:02PM)
Yeah, when I think of banjos, I always think of the Japanese. :P
Seems like an odd location for that!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 14, 2010 05:45PM)
It's kind of funny. A rather wealthy Japanese fellow became obsessed with the banjo. He started buying up what most of us in the banjo biz call "high art" instruments. Some of these had ornately carved ebony necks with genuine elephant ivory inlays in the heelpieces. One that I have only seen a photograph of had an elephant's head carved in the heelpiece with tusks sticking out of it. Must have been a booger to pack around.

During the 1970's the Japanese started making some instruments that were basically copies of the Gibson instruments from the 1930's. This didn't make Gibson very happy, but they didn't have the name Gibson on them, so nobody could gripe too much. It took Gibson approximately 15 years to get their act together so they could compete.

Look at all of the Yamaha guitars and pianos that come from Japan. Take a look at the Yamaha logo. It's three tuning forks crossed, with a circle that is inscribed in the picture.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Dec 14, 2010 06:00PM)
Ah yes - my first drum set, MANY moons ago, was a Yamaha, and my current electric piano is also a Yamaha (with the best sounding set of speakers I've ever heard.)
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 26, 2010 09:10AM)
During the past two days, I added approximately 100 cups to the database and to the web pages.

I still have more to photograph.

Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Dec 26, 2010 10:50AM)
Very nice viewing Bill. Thanks for putting them up.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 26, 2010 02:04PM)
It's my pleasure. Actually, I think it is my affliction! ;)
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Dec 26, 2010 05:02PM)
Great to see the new accessions.

But a banjo museum in Boston!!?! That's one I never heard of.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 26, 2010 05:39PM)
It's part of one of the major museums. During the 19th century, Boston was basically the main center of activity for banjo making.
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Dec 26, 2010 05:50PM)
Oh yes, the Museum of Fine Art. They just opened a huge new wing.
Until now the instruments only had a small gallery.
I have never seen any Boston banjos in person. Occasionally one turns up on Antiques Road Show.
http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/banjo-banjeaurine--51036

Have you seen the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City?
Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Dec 26, 2010 06:20PM)
You have some great new additions, Bill. I especially like the exotic hardwood chop cup. Absolutely beautiful!
Message: Posted by: dcjames (Dec 26, 2010 08:31PM)
Just did a search on the museum database using Source: Ray Goulet as the criteria. Wow! Very impressive indeed... Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Ray Goulet acquisition.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 26, 2010 10:17PM)
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On 2010-12-26 18:50, jazzy snazzy wrote:
Oh yes, the Museum of Fine Art. They just opened a huge new wing.
Until now the instruments only had a small gallery.
I have never seen any Boston banjos in person. Occasionally one turns up on Antiques Road Show.
http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/banjo-banjeaurine--51036

Have you seen the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City?
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No, I haven't. I may have to drive up there sometime.

That's a rather odd-looking banjeaurine. Most of them had very short necks and very large bodies, relatively speaking. That one looks more like a piccolo banjo.

Posted: Dec 27, 2010 2:00am
Tomorrow, it's back to photographing cups. I still have about 60 or 70 sets to do.

I had to take down my photo setup for the guests we had over. Got some new glass to try out.
Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Dec 27, 2010 08:40AM)
Bill, having never seen the Museum, I'm wondering where you find the space for everything. Do you live in a mansion? I hope to have the privilege of visiting someday.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Dec 27, 2010 09:40AM)
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On 2010-12-10 20:02, Bill Palmer wrote:
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On 2010-12-10 18:46, Payne wrote:
If only I hadn't lost my user ID and password
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Fixed you up!
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I am rebuilding my laptop, and lost the password as well :)

Could you fix me up as well? Thanks again, Bill!

John
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 27, 2010 01:41PM)
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On 2010-12-27 09:40, Dale Houck wrote:
Bill, having never seen the Museum, I'm wondering where you find the space for everything. Do you live in a mansion? I hope to have the privilege of visiting someday.
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I have 9 bookcases and two display cases full of cups. My case runneth over.

Give me a week's warning when you want to see the museum.
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 27, 2010 06:14PM)
Just viewed Bill's latest additions to the museum from the Goulet collection. Definitely worth a visit! I especially like the various late 19th c. French cups.
Great going, Bill!

Sean
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 27, 2010 06:45PM)
Thanks. I still have a LOT of cups to photograph. The Christmas tree is in the cup display room (laughingly called "the studio"), and is being dismantled, even as I type this. I'll have my photo stand up in a few hours, and I'll be shooting the rest of the cups.

I'm glad they are doing re-runs tonight!