Hi Mark!!!! (mary in Portland, here!!) I just finally started checking in here and found this thread.....I have to tell you a story.
My band partner, Tony worked for National Guitars long enough to be able to make one for himself. A lovely sounding National and we used it extensively in Spinnaker. Well, one morning, someonew broke into Tony's car, in the garage, and stole the National, along with a new Ovation and his old trusty mandolin. (long story about why they were in the car.) Anyway, he fortunately had photos and spread them around to the local pawn shops and music stores.....but as time went on, we lost hope. Losing the National was devastating to him and tho he replaced the Ovation and the mandolin, he never bought another National. About two years later, we were at a festival and some of us were talking about the National and he said that he somehow had a feeling that one day it would come back to him. That night, as we were about to go on stage, he noticed there was a message on his cell phone and lo and behold, it was from the President of Natinal Guitars telling him that the guitar had been found and that it was at Artichoke Music in Portland. He had it back in three days time. It had no strap, no case, no strings....but it was unharmed and stills sounds as beautiful as ever. Even I had tears in my eyes the first time he played it at a gig!
So hang in there my friend......it may find it's way home yet! Good luck!