Broadway s/n 5319 : pictures
The museum purchased the Broadway s/n 5319 May 2012 online from Robert S. Lee, Lafayette, New York, USA. Before that it was offered for sale on ebay by Kirk Sales, 6th Avenue, Portland, OR. No further history known. Kirk Sales wrote: “The hard shell case was made by the Eagle Lock Co. Terryville Conn. Probably between 1920 and 1930.”
Robert wrote us: “Peter Kohman helped me pack it, and he was marveling at the design again. The top is very flat by design, and seems to be supported by very unusual and big braces. I asked Peter if it was possible that the neck had been reset and over-set to that angle and he said definitely not — the size of the heel dictates the fit, and to reset it at that angle, they would have had to remove so much material from the heel, and it’s clearly un-alterred. It also sounds better than I remembered, though a couple frets will need attention before you can really play it. With the flatness of the top and the height of the bridge, there’s a very unusual feeling to playing it. Peter said “There’s definitely a story behind this guitar, it was done this way for a reason, but anybody who can tell us that reason is dead.”
According to Steve Kirtley : “Musical instrument case manufacturers used hardware from all three companies and others, so finding a case with Eagle Lock hardware or Excelsior hardware doesn’t help identify the case manufacturer.”
The instrument is currently in the workshop of Dutch luthier Hans de Louter for inspection.