Bruce and Diane Mosier's
In Memory of "The Judge"
Bruce Mosier was a man I called "friend"
He took me at face value and decided there was something about
me that made him laugh, and we went forth from there.
Now I can count the Judges in my life that liked me.......and
your lookin at him.
We liked alot of the same things and looked at them in the same
If I could turn back time, I'd tell him that he is right up at
the top of my "Good guy" list.
Love ya man, now lets get to work.
When Diane asked me to come and help out with Bruce's
instruments I sighed, because it is so hard when it is a friend
but I knew my job, and how he would want me to go about it.
And he pretty much talked me through it when I got there. So we
are on the same page.
And now that I have them here, we will fix some of them up
for kids in need.
The Judge always said "Instruments were made to be played"
Well one thing is for sure, he left me a minefield of them to
And I should have known he would want to get right on it now
that he could "oversee" my efforts!
So with the nice new Tool Box Diane gifted me, I immediately
re-arranged my work area then re-gifted my old tool box to
daughter Meredith who has been in need of one.
I mixed our tools together, integrated his banjo supplies
into mine, and off we go.
And Silas had taken a shine to the little Hawaii Uke
That tongue is always out when he plays!
This is how it is done overtime and someday Tyler will be here
dealing with Karen's grief and helping her make sense of it all.
I am only a Steward that keeps them going through time and all
of my tools that are mixed with many from the past , are merely
Dale Small, Jim Stull, Ernie,Dave Frey, Bruce, to only name a
few. We are all a team.
Also, No instrument is owned, they are leased, and once again a
torch is passed.
So I will go forth as time permits and fix the fixable ones,
part out the others and give a little happiness to the player
That's what the Judge wants and I am the enforcer.
So I asked him "Whats first"?
He said..."The Duke Uke."
I said "Well., its a weekend project, I'll knock it out"
He said "I was just waiting on the right weekend but Diane they
a wrench in that plan"
Made in Japan
There are many versions, you seen more mahogany than Koa
This one has seen some moisture, fogged the finish, cracks in
the top, one in the back, but repairable
1 loose brace
All glue joints will be re-sealed and a coat of lacquer applied
cracks will be cleated
Pulling the cloudy finish right o the logo
This will be the most tedious part trying to save the logo on
top and peg head
Fixing the back cracks
ready to re-install, will not be going back with wooden pegs,
will use friction tuners.
We be pardner'ed up for its next run Judge.
Also, gifting this tenor book to the man that got this banjo, he
is an avid learner and lives about 5 miles from you.
It matches his banjo in style and brand!
All cured, will finish the finish
Fine scraping to the edge, that's all I can do
Oh yeah, they could have centered that logo, I would have been
expected to ! LOL\
Getting closer here, now it will be under magnifiers
Diane, i told you those sticks were important?
I have used his Sandpaper, scrapers, steel wool and dowel .
He can actually find them in the newly marked drawers :):)
Now to dig thru his tuner stash for a good set.
Slingerland style, looks good on it.
Well, I stole the strings off the Harmony and re-purposed them,
she plays well, nice Koa uke tone.
Now if Bruce was here Id have him get on a Hula Skirt and we
could get this thing thru its warranty break in period.
I have already started adding "Music related" stickers
and logos, to make it "Bona Fide"(That is Judge talk)
Hope you like it Diane , Silver Bell is next!