The best blog gift ever :-)

Posted by jerry on April 3rd, 2007 — Posted in Journal, Music

When the strangely-shaped packages arrived addressed to me I thought there was some mistake – clearly the chocolates and whatever else there was, were meant for Sharon as a get well gift … Sharon just smiled and told me to stop being silly and open them.

I could not believe my eyes! Someone must’ve sneaked a peak at my blog a little while back – remember the mystery location challenge set by another blogger – Angela Thomas? Something about chocolate?

Ghirardelli chocolate

But hang on… these were not from Angela – but from Linn who was so kind in asking after Sharon’s health. Now, Linn had emailed me about another blog post of mine – on the Japanese drain covers, and said she had some rubbings of some different ones. Then I opened the long tube package – and there was a mysterious hint of aged but high quality paper. I carefully unrolled it with a wooden batten so as not to tear the delicate parchment and slowly some precision pen drawing and some words emerged – PLAN No 3 – STRADIVARIUS VIOLONCELLO –

Cello plans

yes a complete set of cello plans – hand drawn and with a wonderful patina of age. They were drawn by Joseph V Reid of Hamilton Ontario Canada in February 1963.

Cello plans

You could’ve knocked me down with a feather – Much better than a musty old treasure map of book of spells – these are full size luthier’s drawings.

Cello plans

I am touched and amazed – thank you Linn Skinner 🙂 You have made my day! And the chocolates are wonderful!



Comment by Linn

I’m glad to hear the customs folks let the chocolates through to you, and they apparently didn’t melt. They are about the only brand of American chocolates I like.

Posted on April 3, 2007 at 1:43 am

Comment by jerry

Our customs folks seem pretty good with chocolate 🙂 I can see why you like them – they’re very smooth and not too sweet – the dark chocolate is a perfect choice 🙂 Thanks again

Posted on April 3, 2007 at 7:31 am

Comment by Beth

wow! chocolates and cello in one go!


Posted on April 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Comment by Roger

Hey Jerry,
I can send you photos of my Cello.
It is Joseph V. Reid Cello No 3 if you like to put them by their plans 🙂

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

Comment by jerry

Thanks Roger – I would love to show photos of your cello with the plans 🙂


Posted on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 am

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