I was at the Cite Musique site to see if I could find the Xray photos to understand more about the missing brace on Selmer 503 and how it relates to Favino's designs... that led me to Albert Giordian who photographed #503 and googling that led me to find out that Cite Musique somehow licensed rights to use his photos in a "travelling exposition" of guitars... including #503??? which supposedly has been locked in a vault virtually since it was donated in 1964 (various versions of this story exist)
If you read French, would you go to this site and figure out whether it's a virtual exhibit or a real exhibit? Our European friends may be able to go see Selmer #503 ... which would be cool. Personally, I'd like to see it on display in some world class facility (I mean, what would Cite Musique have to lose by letting a great museum display it?) The guitar display at the Albert is fantastic - as is the Guraneri/Stradivarius display in Firenze (don't remember the name of that museum) Oddly enough though I'm American I've never been to the Smithsonian's instrument exhibits though I'm sure they'd be competent to transport and display the guitar without damaging it. I've also never been to the Louve and so I don't know if they display instruments but if they do - that would be easy and almost completely without risk due to transport.
OK... if you read French, please let us know what's up with this.http://www.cite-musique.fr/francais/min ... index.html
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