The Musical Instrument Collection
Welcome to Bozo's musical instrument web page... if this is not where you intended
to go, you still have time to get out now...
As you can see, this is a "work in progress" page so I hope you'll forgive the
mess and stick around a while, looking at the instruments in my personal collection.
Musical Instrument Collection
My musical interests vary from classical to blues, folk to rock, and alternative
to oldies. Lately, I've become interested in modern bluegrass! (It's not your parent's bluegrass!) I have even
written a tune or two that some might call Country (though I would put them more in the "talking blues" category...)!
Please note the conspicuous absence of Rap! My nephews do enough of
that style to fill the family quota... The instruments in my personal collection
somewhat mirror that wide range of interests.
Back in 2004, during my bout with eosinophylic pneumonosis (a rare form of pheumonia for
which they know no specific cause) and its subsequent treatment with prednisone, I was, well,
let's just say a little (or more) "distracted/disturbed/distraught" - or just plain crazy.
I think it had something to do with realizing my own mortality and thinking I could offset
it by having things that required my attention to them. Somehow, the focus got placed on
autoharps. I acquired quite a few, some of which are in mint condition and others that
require more than a little "fixing up". But this was going to be one of my activities in
retirement so I figured I would have a lot of time to devote to this. I'm not sure I'll
ever have enough time for all of them...
Some of the autoharps...
I am still very involved in vintage guitar collecting, though many of the more recent acquisitions have been more
current than many in my collection, and have also acquired several (or so) autoharps in various states
of playability. My plan for retirement includes the modification and repair of autoharps, "as time permits".
My guitar collection currently contains both electric
(some of) The Fenders
(some of) The Gibsons
The Other Electrics
and acoustic models
(some of) The Guilds
(some of) The Taylors
The Other Acoustics
ranging from the late 20's to current models. Various makes and models are represented... However, the current
"centerpiece" is my 1969 Bell Western six-string
acoustic made by Bozo Podunavac; it's an unbelievably loud and resonant guitar and has aged well. It features
maple binding, "rope" purfling, scalloped ivory nut and saddle and general craftsmanship you don't see much these
days. This is the guitar that Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, Bob Gibson and John Fahey helped make famous. Since this model wasn't
produced until 1968, it is believed that this is one of the earliest models - I had the pleasure of reuniting it with Bozo (only
temporarily) recently, since he has retired (again) to Florida. A discussion of that event, along with additional pictures
are available by clicking on the pictures below, which don't do it justice...
Other instruments in my collection include a few mandolins that I have added over the years
and am now taking lessons to learn how to play properly. They are pictured below:
Since moving to North Carolina, I've added a few banjos to my collection and hope to
take lessons to learn how to play them properly. They are pictured below:
That's about it for now; as always, you can send your comments and suggestions (maybe
other, related links I might enjoy) to the address below... Have fun!
Send comments to: email@example.com
Changes last made on: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 8:41pm