Bad News: my computer would not boot up last night. Not a 'bluescreen' error but a 'blackscreen' error that would not even let me get into 'safe mode' to try to resusitate it. This means I shall be taking the box down to our local "Computer ER" (that is actually the name of the place) to see if it can be raised from the dead. This particular error often indicates a hardware crash (at least that's what a 'net search said)...which may mean that about 10 yrs of music files could be effectively gone. Most of my 'Classic Banjo' efforts are actually out on the old Yahoo classic banjo site, so I can retrieve those with no problem. However, I have no backups for the rest (other than hardcopies). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the affected HD is not completely kaput. If it is, I may resort to sending it off for data recovery. All is (hopefully) not lost.
Still, it is disheartening.
Good news: this will force the "get a new computer" issue. "Da Boss" has authorized the procurement of a hot-rod laptop for the home. She always gets what she wants! ;-) This will help my photo-documentation effort considerably, as I will be able to better manage the tools required to do the job.
Other Good News: I went home @ lunch today and the postman delivered a package from the UK. Doug Rogers has returned 1/2 of the music I sent him back in 2003 (parcel 2 delivered...hopefully parcel 1 shall be home soon!). This is a great relief for me and a boon, eventually, for us all. This parcel (#2) contained the following banjo music books/tutors:
Songs For The Banjo (1919)
C Notation Excelsior Method For The Banjo (1918)
Jacobs’ Easy Mandolin & Banjo Folio #1 (1899)
Jacobs’ #1 Amateur Folio (1914)
Smith’s Tuneful Solos For Banjo (1923)
Hamilton’s Banjo Folio (1890)
The Witmark Progressive Banjo Method (1914)
S.S. Stewart’s Banjo And Guitar Music Album (1885)
The Beaver Mandolin And Guitara Folio (mandolin only, 1900)
The Banjoist’s Budget (1883)
Winner’s Eureka Method for the Banjo (1890)
Parcel #1 should contain:
Carl Fischer’s New And Revised Edition of Celebrated Tutors (1890)
Sherwood’s Imperial Diagram Method for the Banjo (1892)
Van Eps Banjo Solos (1923)
Whitney-Warner Mandolin and Guitar Collection #11 (1912)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #12 (1913)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #17b (1916)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #18b (1917)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #19b (1918)
Turner’s Banjo Journal #7
Turner’s Banjo Monthly #11
Brooks and Denton Gems #1 (1892)
These books represent literally hundreds of tunes written/arranged for 5-string banjo, the Hamilton Folio is nearly 1/2" thick of nothing but solos and duets (no tutor/method) from the 1880's.
So, a door closes (hopefully it is still ajar) and one opens up!