She is now 19, graduated from high school with honors. Attends the local ATC perusing a cosmetology certification and later into theatrical arts.  Has earned several scholarships to pay for her schooling.

Learned to play the Cello at 13, that's when I went out and spent a small fortune on a full size Cello for her to grow into and perfect. She had the best professor as an instructor who pushed her to find her natural element with the Cello. A prodigy  in the strings. Cello, Violin, Viola, Guitar, and Mandolin. Gotta love her for her progression in the strings. So now I am teaching the kids how to fix others throw away instruments and to make an old ghost come alive once more. 

I took this old Mandolin to all the local music stores and talked with the Luthiers in our small community about this old box. They ALL rolled their eyes and gently told me to stick on the wall. I laughed and walked out of their shops, knowing it really is going to take some time and effort. But what they ALL failed to understand, first its not from some cookie cutter shop with a big name stamped onto the head-stock, or covered in decals. It is a genuine early American Folk Instrument. It has historical value of someone's need and drive to build such an instrument, and it surviving the to this date, 7 April 2018. Anyways, my time, my dime, and I will make it happen to bring new life into this old ghost. Maximo 

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Comment by Edgel R Gillespie II on April 10, 2018 at 9:58pm

Its going to be fun, but will be put on a back burner for now. I have 2 car projects that need to be finished first. Along with the 12 string I'm gathering parts to build as well. 8-) life is fun with a big family.

Comment by Korrigan on April 10, 2018 at 9:21pm

That's great Edgal! Be sure to post pics of your progress for us.

Comment by George Jones on April 8, 2018 at 12:54am

Thanks Edgel - Sounds like a great early-American folk instrument mandolin restoration project to bring back to functional (and optimally playable) life for the sole purpose of passing this important piece of American history on to your talented children (who will subsequently pass it on to their children [your children's-children]) to keep such roots music instruments and traditions alive in the minds of our living posterity - so that it will never be forgotten. . .  :-)   

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