I picked it up and gave it a quick once over. At the time I knew very little about what went into making an instrument. However the label inside gave me a bit of a idea of what I was holding. Serial Number 236 from December 5th, 2004. Victoria, B.C. Hand signed by N Russell. Local! I was immediately sold, and I had yet to play it. A sales staff walked in to check up, I asked for tonebar and to start drawing up the paper work for me to charge it to my account. I wasn't leaving her behind. I was moving into my first place in a few weeks and probably couldn't afford a new instrument, but something felt different with this one.
After 7 years I still hold this instrument very close, even as I type this shes sitting right beside me. It wasn't until 2014, her 10th birthday, that I met the luthier, Neil, who opened his massive collection to me for recording my first album last year. (Due out this coming summer) But that's a whole other story for another day. Until then please set some time aside to read the most in depth interview of a weissenborn luthier to date. Aron Radford of The Weissenborn Information Exchange has done a fantastic job of getting down to Neil's story.
Thank you Neil for not only making an instrument that has given me countless hours of enjoyment, but also for paving the way in the weissenborn community.
Click here for Neil's story.