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Looking for Morgan McKay, Australia

Valmai Goodyear 25 Nov 10 - 04:54 AM
Sandra in Sydney 25 Nov 10 - 06:03 AM
Valmai Goodyear 25 Nov 10 - 06:39 AM
Andrez 25 Nov 10 - 05:59 PM
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Subject: Looking for Morgan McKay, Australia
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 04:54 AM

Morgan McKay, a jolly good Australian guitarist, singer and melodeon player, has just sent me a copy of his very pleasant CD 'Winter's Turn' by post. I want to thank him for it, and for crediting a tune from the Lewes Favourites Tune Book, but the email address I have for him is out of date. Morgan spent time in Sussex, England a few years ago and came regularly to what is now the Lewes Saturday Folk Club.

Morgan, if you're reading this, my email address is valmaigoodyear[at]aol[dot]com.

If any Australian Mudcatters could put me in touch with him I'd be grateful.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Looking for Morgan McKay, Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 06:03 AM

Morgan McKay luthier


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Subject: RE: Looking for Morgan McKay, Australia
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 06:39 AM

Thank you, Sandra - Mudcat at its finest!

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Looking for Morgan McKay, Australia
From: Andrez
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 05:59 PM

Oh Okay, thats cool.

I have a hand made Morgan McKay Dulcimer from the early 70's, before he got into a mass production phase and pumped out dulcimers for a mass market. I guess every one has to make a living though so I dont begrudge him that although the instruments from that period that I come across over the years almost always lack that certain "something" in the sound that the earlier dulcimer models had.

Apart from some new machine heads and a couple of extra frets, my McKay is in original condition and works just fine. It does have a few construction oddities like a split two piece back and three different timbers: spruce, mahogany and Maple? Not too sure about that last one which was used on the back but the combination resulted in a fantastic tone for the instrument. A couple of years ago I had a friend of mine in Western Australia make me a new case for it out of an old piece of Jarrah, another wonderful timber.

Morgan used to live in a place outside of Melbourne called Belgrave when I knew him. Nice to know he is still around and now living in Warburton where i occasionally get the chance to pass through.

Morgan's hair was black when I last saw him :-)

Cheers,

Andrez


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