UNCONDITIONAL FRIENDSHIP & KINDNESS – A true story

Most of us live in a series of bubbles.

First of all, we live inside this body.  We are NOT our bodies.  Each of us is a spirit soul residing in a body.  Next, we surround ourselves with family and friends; generally, we limit ourselves to just a few people.

My wife and me with 2 of our grandchildren watching the sun come up over the ocean.

Then we surround ourselves with what we believe are our possessions, our house, our car, our things. But, of course, since at the time of death we cannot take them with us, these are not really ours at all.

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A WEYMANN 12 STRING GUITAR – Extremely Rare!

Any early 20th Century 12 string guitar is very rare, a Weymann 12 string even more so.

Tom Giachero’s Weymann 12 string guitar c.1908-1909

A reader, Tom Giachero, registered this guitar on my WEYMANN INSTRUMENT REGISTER and graciously provided photos for this post.  It is only one of two Weymann 12 String guitars known to exist.  The other one is owned by British 12 string guitarist, Paul Brett (YouTube link to that guitar further into this post).

There’s a bit of work needed to bring this guitar to prime playing condition, which Tom plans to do over time.  Some more photos (click on first image and scroll through):

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The WEYMANN “JIMMIE RODGERS” Special Model 890

and Jimmie Rodgers’ personalized Weymann Guitar

James Charles Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933) was an American country, blues and folk singer, songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, and became known known as “The Father of Country Music”.

Jimmie Rodgers with his personalized Weymann Guitar

He was a huge star in his day and most likely influenced more artists than any other singer, including Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

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Article about H. A. WEYMANN & SON – from Musical Merchandise magazine, 29 April 1929

When I first bought a H. A. Weymann & Son guitar, there was very little known about the maker. One of the reasons for my site is to bring to light and preserve as much as I can about the Weymann Company.

I’m having a Weymann post blitz at the moment to get as much up about the company and clear out some of my files on the computer.  So, for the Weymann geeks and history nuts out there this post features a magazine article about H. A. Weymann & Son published in 1929.  It tells a lot about the company in 1929, when the Great Depression and the death of the principal driving force behind the company were both looming.  I’m preserving the article here for posterity!

Music Merchandise magazine 29 April 1929 p.38. Thanks to Tom Walsh for finding and sharing this article.

Written in April 1929, in the Musical Merchandise magazine, the entire article reads:

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NEIL RECK’S WEYMANN 870 Guitar

Continuing with featuring another readers’ Weymann guitar, I present this instrument owned by Neil Reck, Weymann aficionado and a collector of Weymann quality guitars. The latest addition to his stable is this Weymann guitar style 870:

Neil Reck’s Weymann 870 Orchestra Guitar

In the words of Neil, it is as “exactly as described in the catalogue and is a powerhouse of a OM guitar.”

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JOHNNY DEPP’S WEYMANN GUITAR

(Weymann ‘F’ Hole Guitars – Styles 30, 648, 748 and possibly others)

Johnny Depp owns a Weymann ‘F’ hole guitar, and he played it briefly in a YouTube clip he made with Paul McCartney in a recording of Paul’s song, My Valentine (YouTube link below with Johnny Depp deaf language signing lyrics to McCartney’s song). When Paul McCartney first saw the guitar, he said “that’s a good-looking guitar, with those F holes there’s something romantic about it.” And that’s true, these vintage Weymann ‘F’ hole guitars have a certain ‘mystique’ about them. They are valued highly by their owners and rarely do they come up for sale.

Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney with Johnny Depp’s Weymann on the set prior to recording ‘My Valentine’

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JUDY FREEMAN’S WEYMANN c.1911 Tailpiece Guitar

H. A. Weymann & Son was a different type of wholesaler because they had a very stable and large retail outlet to augment the production from their workshop. They produced many different designs of guitars, often in small runs, but I suspect they also made guitars to order, or to satisfy the creativity of their crafts people. Consequently, the variety of their guitar styles never ceases to amaze.

I have photos of various Weymann guitars I want to feature in individual posts.  I’m going to start with this guitar owned by a very nice lady,  Judy Freeman, who has given me permission to share photos and information about her guitar.  Whether this is a one-off instrument or a limited run, I guess we’ll only know if another turns up:

Weymann c.1911 Brazilian rosewood guitar

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GOD ALWAYS LOVES US

My eldest son sent me this cartoon:

So sometimes the bigger they are, those with the biggest false egos, the harder they fall. And the harder they fall the happier they become because they  experience, “ I am the most  fallen, the worst. I am the most sinful person and yet God still forgives me.”  They experience how unconditional God’s love for them is.

When I experience how unconditional God’s love is for me, then I know that I have a true friend, an unconditional friend  and protector.  I feel completely secure knowing there is nothing that I can be or do that would make me such that God does not love me.  If I approach God completely naked, not in any way defending myself, or trying to hide my imperfections, then I experience how God’s love for me is perfect, and that I need no other protection, no other friend, no other source of happiness.  This realization is complete self-realization.”     Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda

Namaste  Charles/Chaitanya das

 

ANZAC DAY, MY FATHER and ‘REGIME CHANGE’ WARS

Anzac Day (25th April) is fast approaching.  In Australia and New Zealand this is the national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served in, and died in, all wars and conflicts.

It was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (thus ANZACS) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in World War I, (1914-1918).

It is a solemn day in Australia and New Zealand and rightly so.  It honours the soldiers, irrespective of the right or wrong of the different wars they’ve participated in.

Ronald Armistice Robinson (1918-1986)

My father was born on the final day of this great war of the Anzacs, 11th November 1918.  The eleventh of the eleventh 1918.  This was called Armistice day, and as such his parents named him Ronald Armistice Robinson.
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PLEASE REGISTER YOUR WEYMANN

For research purposes, I have set up a page with a form so that Weymann owners can register their stringed instruments (Banjos, Mandolins, Ukuleles, Guitars, Mandolutes etc.).

My aim is to gain information that will help make dating these instruments more accurate as well as providing general information.

Please take a minute and Register your Weymann(s)

I really do hope that if you own a Weymann instrument  you will kindly register it on my page with the registration form. It only takes a minute and all contact information will kept confidential.  Here’s where to Register:

REGISTER YOUR WEYMANN INSTRUMENT

So far I have almost 100 instruments registered.  As more are added,  more information is unlocked. It’s early days but already some interesting facts have come to light, and I will do a post about this in the near future.

UPDATE 20th May 2019:   There are now over 200 instruments registered.  Keep them coming in.  I hope to do a post soon of some of the insights that are revealed from the registration of these 200 instruments.

Many thanks  . . . . .Charles