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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.
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Very nice Bill, congratulations!
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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.
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When is the Banjo museum gonna be up and running Bill?
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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...
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Yeah, when I think of banjos, I always think of the Japanese. Smile
Seems like an odd location for that!
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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.
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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.)
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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!
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Very nice viewing Bill. Thanks for putting them up.
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It's my pleasure. Actually, I think it is my affliction! Smile
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Great to see the new accessions.

But a banjo museum in Boston!!?! That's one I never heard of.
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It's part of one of the major museums. During the 19th century, Boston was basically the main center of activity for banjo making.
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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/ba......e--51036

Have you seen the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City?
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You have some great new additions, Bill. I especially like the exotic hardwood chop cup. Absolutely beautiful!
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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.
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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/ba......e--51036

Have you seen the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City?

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.
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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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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


Fixed you up!


I am rebuilding my laptop, and lost the password as well Smile

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

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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.


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.
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