Is there another Kalamazoo?

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Is there another Kalamazoo?

Post  pinhedz on Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:16 am

Looking for the answer to this question, I googled images. What were the odds I'd find the inside label of my old teacher's mandolin? Shocked



"Albert Bellson, originally Alfonso Balassone from St. Angelo, Italy, was trained in the classical Italian mandolin tradition, but readily adopted American instruments, along with his brothers, Louis and Julius. The three Bellson brothers were top Gibson dealers in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, as well as soloists and touring musicians. Albert remained an influential teacher through the 1960s and coached many generations of players, including current mandolin soloists: Peter Oshtroushko, who briefly studied guitar with Albert Bellson (and who swears by his Gibson Style A mandolin) and Richard Walz, who has explored the mandolin’s classical Italian roots through the works of Bellson’s own teacher, Giuseppe Pettine, as well as historical performance practices of the 18th century. Louis Bellson’s son of the same name later became a famous jazz drummer, and Julius Bellson worked at Gibson as the company historian for many years."

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Re: Is there another Kalamazoo?

Post  pinhedz on Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:18 am

The label says "Kalamazoo, Mich."

Evidently in order to distinguish it from Kalamazoo, Uzbekistan.

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Post  Dick Fitzwell on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:09 am

Kzoo was once the home of Gibson. Not anymore.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:36 am

I'm sorry to hear that. I once asked them if they could make me a mando-cello like they made 100 years ago, but they said they'd have to re-learn how to do it, at great expense.

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Re: Is there another Kalamazoo?

Post  felix on Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:47 am

Kalamazoo useta be the name of a patented paper filing system! Shocked I bet it was mfd in K'zoo MI innit. pirat Suspect

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