CANCER and Consideration for Others

Cartoon by Navie

Sometimes I think I take the sympathy thing too far.

I must remember that having a family member with a terminal disease is not easy.  In fact, often-times it is easier on the person with the disease than those who love them.

I can lie in bed and try to sleep; trying to deal with the pain and restlessness from whatever treatment I am on.  Sometimes quietly making moaning sounds, often not realizing how disturbing I am being.

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TOOL CADDY* for my Grandson

(* One dictionary definition of ‘Caddy’: a container or device for storing or holding objects when they are not in use).

I have 4 grandsons and 6 granddaughters.  All are amazing! One of my grandsons is 14 and loves to build things and is what I call “an ideas person”.  Always thinking about how things work and thinking of different ways of doing things.

He lives in the USA and I live in Australia, so I do not get to see him nearly as much as I like.

I have a range of interests and vintage guitars is only a small part of my life, but I’ve always worked with my hands and I have a workbench that reflects this:

My grandson has only a few tools so I decided to give him some small hand tools as a birthday gift and  a ‘tool caddy’ to keep them in.  I made it ‘flat pack’ so he could put the caddy together himself, and it made it easier to send.

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c.1929 HARMONY ‘Supertone’ Bradley Kincaid Houn’ Dog Guitar

This is another guitar I’ve been wanting to do a post on for quite sometime.

c.1929 SUPERTONE Bradley Kincaid Houn’ Dog Guitar decal.

If you are an up and coming luthier and looking for a small guitar to test your restoration skills, you’d be hard pressed to find a better guitar to start with.

c.1929 ‘Supertone’ Bradley Kincaid Houn’ Dog Guitar

This guitar is the holder of a couple of ‘firsts’.  From the beginning of 1930 to the early 1940’s, Western themed decorated guitars, along with Hawaiian themed guitars, were hugely popular, dominating much of the budget guitar market.  This is recognized as the first ‘Cowboy Guitar’. This guitar is also recognized as one of, if not the first, ‘endorsement’ guitars.

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c.1940 KAY SMALL GUITAR with floral decoration

Sometimes you just luck out!

I bought this small guitar quite a few years ago now, and it had been sitting ever since in an old guitar case.  I bought it because it cost very little and I do like small guitars. It is made by the Kay Musical Instrument Company in Chicago. It had 2 horizontal braces on the top between the bridge and the base of the guitar (end pin end). A tell-tale trait of Kay’s, as is the style of bridge.
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c.1928 WEYMANN Style 650 ‘Junior’ Size Guitar

Owner – Tom Bode

c.1928 Weymann Style 650 ‘Junior’ size

There are two Style 650 guitars that appear in Weymann catalogues.  The one in the c.1924 catalogue has rosewood back and sides and a curly figured maple 2-piece neck.  It is the ‘junior model of the Style 854 guitar.

This guitar appears in bother the c.1928 and c.1930 catalogues and has mahogany back and sides with a mahogany 2-piece neck.
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c.1900 WEYMANN ‘Highest Quality’ Beautiful Guitar- Source: Deluca Music

This guitar shows the workmanship of the H.A. Weymann & Son company – Quality at it’s absolute best!

I’ve been sitting on photos of this guitar for about 4 years, it’s time to share them with permission from Deluca Music store in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and the photographer David Humphreys.

So far this guitar has the lowest serial number (#1310) of all the 450+ Weymann instruments I have registered, although I have eleven instruments with no serial numbers which will be older than this guitar.  There is no Style number either, as Weymann did not introduce those until about 1913. It is not so easy to accurately calculate the manufacture date during this period as there has not been a ‘Rosetta Stone’ instrument turn up yet with a serial number that can be dated definitively to a particular date around that time.

So I date this beautiful guitar to c.1900, plus or minus 2 or possibly 3 years:

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c.1931 WEYMANN Style 749 All Koa Guitar

With the Hawaiian craze in music and musical instruments starting in the mid 19teens Koa wood started to be used for guitar construction.

By the 1920’s many manufacturers made Koa models, including Martin.

This guitar Style 749 was Weymann’s homage to this beautiful Hawaiian tonewood. As far as I know this model was H.A. Weymann & Son’s only Koa model. I have photos of 2 examples:

1. WEYMANN Koa Guitar Style 749: Owner Keith Walker.

WEYMANN All Koa-wood Guitar 1931 Style 749, Owner Keith Walker

A beautiful example of this model.  Serial number dates it to ca.1931. Surprisingly this example has the Style number omitted from the top of the headstock, but there is little doubt it is a Style 749.

Extract from Weymann’s c.1930 catalogue describing the all Koa Style 749 guitar (there was no drawing accompanying the description).

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CANCER – Do Natural Therapies Work?

“People with cancer are easy targets for naturopathic scams because they can be desperate for hope and extensively research their treatment options.

‘Natural’ treatments with few side effects appear irresistible when compared to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. But it is almost impossible for most people to know beforehand that these natural remedies won’t do anything for their cancer. If the cancer returns, they are more likely to blame the cancer rather than the ineffective natural remedies they received.” Source: By Suneel D. Kamath August 29, 2017 

People who have read some of my blog will know that I have been dealing with advanced prostate cancer now for very close to 20 years.  Initially I started off self-treating with the help of a naturopath with diet and alternative medicines and lots of exercise.

However, early on I had some good advice: “Cancer is an aggressive beast, and requires aggressive treatment, this can only be achieved by Western medicine”.  Natural therapies can play a useful, supportive role even if only to enable management of one’s overall health pro-actively going forward.

This is the route I’ve taken during my 20 years of treatment and it has stood me in good stead.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of single cancer cells – prostate cancer cell on the left and breast cancer cell on the right. These cells have surface projections which are characteristic of highly mobile cells and enable them to spread (metastasis) rapidly round the body, and invade other organs and tissues. Cancer cells divide rapidly and chaotically and may clump to form malignant tumors. Source: Science Photo Library.

Most cancer cells are nasty!

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WEYMANN ‘f’ Sound-hole Guitars – Styles 24, 30, 648, 748 and 848

(Related Posts: Johnny Depp’s Weymann Guitar – Style 748) and 1917 Weymann Style 24 ‘f’ Sound-hole Guitar)

H.A. Weymann & Son made at least five styles of ‘f’ sound-hole guitars.  Once their manufacturing ceased in about 1933 they also commissioned ‘f’ hole guitars along with other instruments from manufacturers such as Harmony.  Here I am only talking about the guitars Weymann manufactured themselves.

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