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Comment by Edward Sparks on April 16, 2013 at 8:07am

Two weeks ago I was treated to a specially arranged tour of the Martin Factory and it was fantastic! We got to see the areas on the regular tour, but then were treated to areas not...first, the Custom Shop and the Wood storage room. We met the man who buys the wood and works directly with Mr. Martin on special projects...even had lunch with him! They closed the Museum and Pickin' Parlor for us for a couple of hours and let us try out new models that are soon being released.  The Museum Guide pointed out my miniature in the display case and shook my hand. Sure fed my ego! If you haven't been on the regular tour lately, you might want to check it out...lots of changes since I last visited in 2007, when my miniature was placed in the then new Museum.  My thanks to my good friend and Martin Authorized Dealer/ Repairman, Emory Knode, owner of the Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Baltimore, where I have bought and had many repairs and maintenance on my guitars, for arranging the tour!

Photo by Michael Briers

Comment by Walt Pilcher on April 16, 2013 at 5:17am

Edward, yes, please let us know when/where the book is available.  I definitely want to buy one!

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 16, 2013 at 4:34am

Thanks Rosemary!

Comment by Rosemary j. Lambin on April 15, 2013 at 10:04pm

Ed, your miniature Martins are exquisite. They certainly look like the real thing to me. And it's pretty exciting that one is on display at the Martin museum.

Comment by Steve Frank on April 15, 2013 at 7:51pm

Thank you Ed! Put me on the list to purchase an autographed copy please! What I will do is include all of that, and also use smaller photos that will look fine, but cannot be blown up for tee shirts or used in books, etc. If, by some chance, some newspaper sees the photos and asks about them, I'll direct them to you. I'll send an email to you from Steve

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 15, 2013 at 7:16pm

Hi Steve,

Here is my email, as it might be easier.  I will be glad to send files to you and I suppose that will work better via email.

I have certainly come to trust my friends here in the AG Community and you are no exception.

I therefore trust that where ever you post them you will

1. give me a link to where they are, and

2.) Include this copyright notice:

(Copyright M. Edward Sparks/Pepperland Productions 2013).  

This is important to me because I am negotiating/working on a book on my guitar miniatures with a local publisher and he requires that I post the notice in any location I have no control over. Of course I am happy that you and others have an interest and a liking for them! So, send me the email and I will get them to you! Thanks again for you interest!  Edward 

Comment by Steve Frank on April 15, 2013 at 4:11pm

Hello Edward, I really love these miniatures, and would love to save all of the photos of your work in a folder. You may want to keep some private, but if not, are there nice large photos posted anywhere. I would love to post some photos to another group, and of course would credit you as the builder. But mainly, they would be for myself. The more I see them, the more amazed I am....of course, I may have the worst dexterity in the history of man. LOL I can send my email or if posted to a photo sharing site, can check there. (If not, I fully understand) Thanks!! Steve

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 15, 2013 at 5:32am
I had great, but tiring gigs both Friday, a few hours from home, and Saturday a little closer, and not much sleep in between, as hotel beds are never as comfy ss my own, so I caught up on Sunday! The Internet in the US could have been toasted and Australia could have been cut off too and I would have slept through it! Glad to see we all survived the weekend!
Comment by James P. Royle on April 15, 2013 at 4:56am

Besides winning our golf tourney!

Comment by James P. Royle on April 15, 2013 at 4:54am

Thank goodness we heard from an Aussie! We thought that Australia either burned up or was buried in floods ;)


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