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Author:  fluteboy [ Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Seamus Egan's Copeland low D stolen

Two years ago in Dublin, Seamus Egan's Copeland was stolen off the stage after a Solas gig. This is only being posted now as Seamus was not aware of this forum and had pretty much given up finding the whistle. This is the low D that is featured on all of the first 6 Solas albums and the two live DVDs, and it was the very first low D that Michael ever made. Seamus would love to be reunited with it. He doesn't remember many distinguishing marks, but he said it is very dented and beat up and he is pretty sure it did NOT have the "Copeland" name engraved on the head-joint barrel (you can find plenty of video on the two Solas live DVDs for a closer look) . I realise this is very likely a long shot, but there cannot be too many old Copeland low Ds floating around, especially if one turns up in Ireland or the U.K. If anyone has purchased an older Copeland or seen an offer for one, and thinks they may have any information, please send me or Dale a PM and I will pass the info on to Seamus. Lets get these two back together!

Many thanks,
Zac Leger

Author:  weedie [ Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:05 am ]
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Jeez there's some low specimens of humanity around......imagine going to a concert and then stealing the artist's instrument :boggle: can't fathom that ....
It IS a longshot that Seamus will get the whistle back....stranger things have happened though.........good luck with it.........

Author:  fluteboy [ Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:49 pm ]
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There are indeed, Weedie, but as musician who has had instruments stolen and then later returned, there are also plenty of decent folks out there. Hopefully someone may see this post and have some info or possibly even a change of heart! Keep spreading the word, folks!

Zac

Author:  MandoMark [ Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:26 pm ]
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Didn't Pete Yarrow have his guitar returned after something like 20 years? There is some hope.

It is low to steal someone's instruments. I suppose I can see this happening to a bar band, where a Fender amp might fetch $200 or more from a pawn shop, but who is going to try to pawn a low whistle?

Author:  fluteboy [ Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:46 pm ]
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Yeah, as Seamus told me, his flutes, his other whistles, etc were all on the same table. Someone singled out that one instrument; they knew what it was. I guess it was some kind of "trophy" to them. Maybe they will see the light and return it!

Zac

Author:  fluteboy [ Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:49 pm ]
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And by the way, I don't think Seamus cares who took it or what the story is. He would just love to have it back, even if returned anonymously.

Zac

Author:  MTGuru [ Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:52 am ]
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We're going to make this a sticky for a few weeks or so, at Seamus' and Zac's request, in case that might help in publicizing the loss and recovering the instrument. - Mod.

Author:  whistleman922 [ Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:05 pm ]
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what a tragedy! That whistle is such a part of him as a player in my mind. Seamus was my first big inspiration when I was a little 'un. I hopehopehope that he gets it back. I can't imagine losing an instrument that's so dear to you...it'd be a nightmare.

Author:  Ballyshannon [ Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:20 pm ]
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Sure hate to hear about things like this.

Years ago when I was touring, I was coming back to my (then) home base of Chicago from a tour of the east coast. My parents lived in northern Indiana at the time, so thought I'd spend some time with them and scheduled a stopover, flying into the nearest airport at South Bend. Back then, the South Bend airport was a very small operation with an antiquated baggage recovery system where the conveyor passed bagged through the actual front lobby where anyone could access it. I was traveling with three guitars, all in humidity-controlled anvil cases, along with one suitcase. All baggage was locked, and my last name was stencil-painted on the black guitar cases. My next gig was back in Chicago with my long-time friend, John Prine.

I made it to South Bend but none of my baggage showed up. I waited for a couple hours to see if it may arrive on another flight, but nothing. I reported it and was told as soon as my items showed up, they'd call me. So I caught a cab to my parent's place and waited. I received a call that evening that the baggage had arrived and was in a protected holding area. So I drove back to the airport and to my astonishment, all was there EXCEPT my prized 1970 Guild Paul Simon F-30R. There were only 100 made and I had the 68th one that I'd purchased at the Chicago Guitar Gallery in 1970. What a wonderful instrument and my main stage guitar!

I was grief-stricken. I went back to my parent's place and had a few beers. The next morning I received an anonymous phone call from a guy who said, "I feel horrible about this, but I have your Guild guitar and I promise it'll be returned by cab." Inside the case, I had a list of contacts including my home phone in Chicago, and he said he'd called my home number and after learning about the situation, one of my roommates gave him my parent's number, knowing I was there. My case was full of legal contracts, including the upcoming gig with John Prine. On the phone, the thief said he was a huge John Prine fan and after seeing the contract and my performance schedule indicating I'd be with John in a few days, he wanted to return my guitar. Naturally, he wouldn't give his name and was most likely calling from a payphone (there was no caller ID back then).

To my amazement, a cab pulled up with my Guild & case on the back seat. Good Lord....the cabbie could have easily ripped it off. I can't believe how fortunate I was. When flying, I always detune the strings and it was tuned up, so the thief obviously had a good time playing it. I had to have the lock replaced on the case but other than that, no damage. I used the Guild for the Prine gig and had a great story to tell. I still have the Guild and though I no longer use it, I'd never part with it.

I can only hope Seamus will be as fortunate and have his prized low D miraculously show up.

Author:  MusicalADD [ Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:49 pm ]
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That's a great story, Ballyshannon!

And that must have been a very strange phone conversation. You probably didn't know whether you wanted to strangle the guy or sing his praises.

Author:  Ballyshannon [ Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:33 pm ]
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MusicalADD wrote:
That's a great story, Ballyshannon!

And that must have been a very strange phone conversation. You probably didn't know whether you wanted to strangle the guy or sing his praises.


It was indeed a rather odd and unexpected conversation. Funny how we rarely recall precise emotions at a given time so many years ago, but to this day I recall the elated feeling of that phone call, and retrieving my Guild was all that mattered.

Author:  brewerpaul [ Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Seamus Egan's Copeland low D stolen

Good story! I can relate, since I have a 1966 Guild F-30 which I bought with earnings from my first paying job. Is it possible that I paid only $150 for it back then? It's not a Paul Simon model, but I learned much of what I know about guitar playing from copying licks for S&G records.

Author:  Ballyshannon [ Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Seamus Egan's Copeland low D stolen

brewerpaul wrote:
Good story! I can relate, since I have a 1966 Guild F-30 which I bought with earnings from my first paying job. Is it possible that I paid only $150 for it back then? It's not a Paul Simon model, but I learned much of what I know about guitar playing from copying licks for S&G records.


Sounds like we have a lot in common and your Guild is four years older than mine.

Paul, I'm sure you're aware of this, but for others who may be interested, the way I understand the evolution of the F-30R Paul Simon is back in the late 60s, Guild wanted his endorsement and because of Mr. Simon's small physical stature, he liked the size of the F-30, which I believe has mahogany back and sides. But Simon wanted rosewood back and sides and a bit more bass response, so Guild made him an F-30 with Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a deeper body...thus the F-30R. It turned out so well, they made a limited run of 100. I paid $400 with hard case in October, 1970.

Like you, I spent many hours copying licks from S&G records. Ahh...the good ol days :)

BTW, were you aware that Paul Simon is quite a whistle player?

Author:  Ballyshannon [ Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:40 pm ]
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BTW, here are some photos of yours truly playing the Guild when the band I was with at the time, SlipJig, opened a Gaelic Storm concert in Birmingham. I've since left SlipJig to start an ITRAD trio and no longer play the Guild.

http://www.slipjigband.com/SlipJig%20Ba ... llery.html

Author:  brewerpaul [ Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:14 am ]
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I share Paul's stature, which is exactly why I bought my F-30. I get lost behind a big dreadnought...

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