1992 G.A.L. Convention
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This panoramic view shows part of the swarming activity of the exhibition. The center of the lutherie universe!
Lecturer Ervin Somogyi gets a chance to closely examine American Lutherie columnist Harry Fleishman's unique miltiple topwood guitar. GAL staffer Bon Henderson and camerman Dale Blindheim interview Ed Kalil as he demonstrates his Likin Stik pactice/travel guitar. Ed was in the hot bidding war for the side bender later that evening.
A flurry of activity and sounds eminate as Gene Zortman and Leslie Sahl play a duet while Zenon Lukasiewicz tries out a Somogyi steel string. Colin Kaminski stops by lecturer Jim Williams' table to chat about the lattice braced guitars that were the subject of Jim's workshop.
Gibson Guitars acoustic plant bigwig Ren Ferguson checks out Duke of Pearl prices with the duke himself Chuck Erikson. Yo, Paul! Paul Hostette interviews pearl engraver extraordinare Ron Chancey at his exhibition table.
While Chuck Erikson clearly has the wildest hat at the convention, Ron Chancey comes in a strong second, don't you think?  

1992 GAL Convention Exhibitors

Hammond Ashley Associates, Seattle WA: New Family violins, other bowed instrumentsLarry Ayers, Knox City MO: two violinsGeary Baese, Ft Collins CO: varnish, Classical Italian Violin Varnish bookJames Bailey, Madison WI: guitars, lutesPeter Bedino Barberio, Missoula MT: custom autoharps and guitarsTheodore Beringer, Billings MT: electric guitar, acoustic archtop guitars, acoustic archtop bass, mandolinDana Bourgeois, Topsham ME: acoustic flattop guitarR.E. Brune, Evanston IL: classic guitar, cases, strings, misc. suppliesCalton Cases of Canada, Calgary, Alberta: fiberglas instrument casesEdward Campbell, Boiling Springs PA: violins, booksFred Campbell, Campbell CA: 12-string jumbo, “style 2” size 6-string with 14 frets clearAlan Carruth, Dedham MA: 12-string acoustic guitar, violin, 5-string violaRon Chacey, Amesville OH: engravings, carvings, inlaysTom Cipriani, Hollywood FL: steel string guitars, adjustable bridges  • The Bold Strummer Ltd (Nick Clarke), Westport CT: guitar books, catalogsTed Davis, Loudon TN: red spruce, Brazilian rosewood, violin, mandolin, pink ivory dulcimerLinda Davis-Wallen (Martin Co.), Nazareth PA: parts, tools, glues, finishing supplies, tuning machines, strings, pickups, books, accessoriesJohn Decker Jr., Wailuku HI: Hawaiian koa and Texas mesquite, RainSong™ all-graphite guitarsDoug Degenhart, Volcano HI: curly koa guitar setsSheldon Dingwall, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: new design Telecaster-style electric guitarGila Eban, Cos Cob CT: Kasha-model classic guitar and guitar topsHildgard Eibert (Shellex USA), Garnerville NY: pearl, inlay materials, parts for musical instrumentsChuck Erikson, Grass Valley CA: pearl and abalone blanks, strips and dots, inlay materials, climate case coversHarry Fleishman, Boulder CO: electric upright bass, acoustic guitarsMary Fletcher (Jones-Fletcher), South Yarmouth MA: deluxe hardshell instrument casesBernard Gofflot, The Pas Manitoba: jumbo 6-string  • Roberto Gomes, Sao Joao del Rey, Brazil: Brazilian rosewood sets, alternative hardwoodsRoger Hamilton, Buckley WA: two acoustic steel string guitars, classical guitar, electric guitarWilliam Hollenbeck, Lincoln IL: archtop guitarsJohn Horst, Rio de Janeiro Brazil: bowsElon Howe, Newaygo MI: violins, mandolins, red mapleCarleen Hutchins (Catgut Acoustical Society) Montclair NJ: CAS Journal reprints, new family violin informationJohn Jordan, Concord CA: 6-string fretless electric bass Edward Kalil, McComb MS: 12-string acoustic guitar, Licken Stik practice/travel guitarC William Kaman II (Ovation), Bloomfield CT: guitars, mandolin, Takamine guitarsMichael Keller, Rochester MN: steel string guitarsJim Kirchner, Milwaukee WI: harps, bowed psaltryThomas Knatt, West Concord MA: flamenco guitarG.W. Komoski, Winnipeg Manitoba: classic guitarLloyd LaPlant, Grand Rapids MN: steel string guitars, mandolinsBilly Lee, Wright City MO: F-5 type mandolinsLuthier's Mercantile, Healdsburg CA: lutherie tools, wood, alternative tonewoods, catalogsKeith Medlin, Morristown TN: mandolins, Appalachian dulcimersThomas Paul Meyers, St Paul MN: steel string guitarsLawna Miller, California KY: handmade violinsTom Nechville, Bloomington MN: Helimount banjos, Nuvo neck design Ralph Novak, San Leandro CA: Novax Strat-style guitar, Novax strat-style necksOrcas Island Tonewoods, Olga WA: guitar and violin setsBart Potter, Honolulu HI: Koa wood productsRex Queen, Chillicothe OH:Red Wing Technical Institute, Red Wing MN: instruments made by Red Wing studentsBart Reiter, Haslett MI: open back banjosTom Ribbecke, Santa Rosa CA: woods and tops, “sound bubble” guitar Robert Ruck, Bainbridge Island WA: spruce and koa classicClifford Ruscoe, Concord CA: steel string guitar, classic guitarDavid Schneider, East Moline IL: mandolins, mandola, dulcimers, guitarSteven Scioscia, East Northport NY: steel string guitarMarc Silber, Berkeley CA: flamenco guitar, classic guitar, parlor guitar, prototype 12-string guitarJack Sloan, Monmouth OR: violinsErvin Somogyi, Berkeley CA: steel string guitar, classic guitar, demonstration topsStewart-MacDonald, Athens OH: parts, repair tools, woods, booksBruce Taggart, Nashville IN: mandolins, banjosLarry Trumble (Wood Marine), Klawock AK: wood billets, guitar and violin topsStan Werbin (Elderly Instruments), Lansing MI: books, videos, recordings, mail order catalogs, pickguard materialJim Williams, Dudley Australia: classic guitar, 12-string guitar, Guitar Maker's Manual bookGene Zortman, Onawa IA: violins

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