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GUEST,MeadowMuskrat BS: Thrift store, yard sale & dumpster finds (79* d) RE: BS: Thrift store, yard sale & dumpster finds 14 Dec 09

In the late 60's I was a fan of the Incredible String Band and had a fascination with unusual musical instruments. Robin Williamson used a morrocan bowed instrument on a few songs ( Chinese White , A Very Cellular Song)and I was on a lookout for one. None of the places I frequented had or could get the item, including several stores in NYC that specialized in exotic instruments. Several months later while walking past a 2nd hand store in Newark NJ , I spotted a Gimbri in the window sitting on the lap of a doll. I got it for $5 and the shopkeeper told me he had got it from a veteran who had served in North africa in WW2. It needed a little repair work which I had done at the House of Musical traditions ( then in the East village of NYC). I turned down several offers for the Gimbri which would have made a nice profit, and then loaned it to a person who was in a musical group with me. I lost track of him and never got it back.While it wasn't a financial success finding the object was quite a thrill at the time.

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