Willie, I met Del Vezau at Hugh's room two weeks ago and immediately jumped all over him about his Flambeau/Lowden. I don't think he's a tinkerer like me, so his is cosmetically pristine. It's the third one I've seen in 20 odd years, so I gotta wonder where the rest went as well.
I dug up an old diary from 1986, and from it's contents, it's amazing that your guitar is still in one piece. I write about playing at a huge campfire way up in Northern ontario, and apparently the guitar passed through at least 25 sets of hands (some not as gentle as others) over the course of the evening. At one point I rescued it from someone who'd left it on the ground TWO FEET from the fire! Truth of the matter is that the Larrivee I had been playing up til a couple of years before would never have suffered such abuse. I believe in "passing the axe around" but not when it's a 2000 dollar pearl inlaid one. That guitar has also had a history as a "borrower" as I mentioned to you. New Mudcatter, and famous songwriter Harvey Andrews used it in concert one night and though it was getting pretty battered by then, it sung like a boid!