Post by Michael Messer on May 10, 2006 9:54:19 GMT
Back in 1979/80 I used to visit a music shop in North London called John Beeby's (or Beebies??) - I used to go there to look at the National style 2 Tricone that was on display in a glass case out of reach of the punters. I seem to remember a figure of £750 being attached to the guitar. I tried to do a swap one day, I had a Duolian and a Dobro, but no deal! Sometime after that the style 2 ended up owned by Dave Stewart and appeared on TV and many concerts. Now this is where I am not 100% on the facts.....but by the early 90s this guitar was owned by Mark Makin. I think Mark sold it, but I don't remember who to or where it went, or where he got it from
It's a small world - many of the Nationals in circulation do the rounds and turn up with different owners every few years. Which reminds me....where is the Tricone with the black painted wood front? It used to turn up in London shops every couple of years. I last saw it at Chandler Guitars in the late 1980s.
(BTW....what a great thread, we're going all over the place with it!)
Hello Michael Point 1 - The Style 2 is still with me! Point 2 - The "Panda" as I call it (black wood topped Tricone) was owned by a Mr. B.Brozman for a time and appeared on Tone Poems - Track 17 "Stompin at the Savoy" played by Mike Auldridge. He then parted with it and it appeared again for sale somewhere in California about two months ago. It was discussed on the IGS forum. Bob Brozman commented that "this poor thing keeps restlessly travelling about trying to find a proper home". I think people ask a lot of money for it because they think somehow that "uniqueness" is worth money. National did it all the time. I'm just glad there aren't two of them!!!
Post by Michael Messer on May 10, 2006 15:50:19 GMT
Ahhh....you still have the style 2. Now I know why I didn't know all the facts!
So Bob Brozman sneakily bought the 'Panda' (nice name for it). He kept that one quiet. I don't own a copy of Tone Poems. Regarding the guitar's rarity factor - these days its rarity does make it worth money to the right buyer.
That's another National term that I have to add to your list - Panda, Exploding Palm Tree, Mother of Toilet Seat, Chicken feet coverplate, Tin Can..... I can't think of any other Makinisms!
I'm sure there is a Style "O" in the Blues Brothers film. The scene where Jake and Elwood are down in the cellar of the orfanage with Curtis the janitor (Cab Calloway). Elwood tells Curtis how he was good to them when they were boys, blowing harp for them etc. Elmore James' "Shake Your Money Maker" plays in the background. Hanging on the wall behind Curtis is, if I'm not mistaken, a Style "O".
I've not watched it for a long time - but I think I'm right. Am I ??
Oh yeah, another reso on TV - on the UK Argos ("argoose") TV adverts - a chrome Dobo this time.
I've still got good eyesight. I need it for my day job !!
Thanks Michael, I guess this thread was inspired not only by a late night TV show (and heres me, who watches very little TV....!) but also by sitting in my back room later that weekend with my guitar and a few bottles of Marstons Pedigree. I also thought that your web forum, would be full of inspired contributors who would take it off on many tangents. I was not wrong.
There is also that fabulous quote in Paul Simons Graceland "The Mississippi Delta was shining like a National Guitar....." If theres no other reason for owning a resophonic, its got to be that imagery (or have I had one too many Waggledances!!!!)
Post by Colin McCubbin on May 12, 2006 1:38:40 GMT
Andy S, Spot on! If you ever see (saw?) the video for Paul Simon's Gracelands, the tricone is siting on a stand behind him as the camera pans the room... I vaguely recall him playing bass for some reason on the video, but may well have been suffering from tricone envy at that moment...