Monday, June 13, 2005

Bill Monroe's Childhood Mandolin

Bill Monroe's Childhood Mandolin
Originally uploaded by paynehollow.

Can you believe they let me fiddle with this?!


Deb said...

Wow! What a piece of history. I heard Bill took up mandolin because his brothers already played banjo, guitar, and fiddle. I doubt if mandolin would have been so popular today if he hadn't.

I've never played one of that style before, although I have played a friend's 1920's Gibson A-style round hole.

Thanks for sharing!

jholder said...

Incredible. Mr. Monroe wrote some of the best music ever. That makes my little A-style Epiphone mando look way outclassed.

From reading through your archives I gather we have more in common than our sole-topic discussion may have led either of us to believe... (grin)

Keep on pickin'!

Dan Trabue said...

I'm a newbie when it comes to mandolin, but sure appreciate the bit of history that I held in my hands.

Jholder, interesting to find common interests in people we at first think of as quite different...

Deb, the fella at the "museum" told that same story about why he took up mando. He said that this particular mandolin was supposedly ordered from a mail order catalog for about $8!

Anonymous said...

WOW! I would love to see that mondolin. where were oyu when they let you see it? Is it in Kentucky?