FRANK AND GLORIA SCHOEPF VISIT ON 10-16-15
Over many decades, I have been fortunate enough to meet some exceptional,
wonderful and talented people that share the same interests that I do which
makes Life a pleasure and Frank and Gloria Schoepf surely fit this criteria.
I received a call a week or so ago from Frank Schoepf of Hampstead, MD of
whom I have never met asking if it would be ok to stop by for a visit on
their return trip to Maryland from South Carolina since they would be going
through Charlotte, NC which is a little over 50 miles away. Of course
the answer was Yes! I have talked with Frank and his lovely bride
Gloria by telephone and corresponded via email and a friendship quickly
Frank Schoepf is well know in the acoustical musical instrument community,
especially pre-war Gibson banjos and is a highly respected pre-war Gibson
banjo scholar, historian and authority who has collected data on those instruments
that date back to the late 1920s and shares that information as well.
Back in the late 1960s through 1978, I operated a stringed musical
instrument repair and mail order business for musical parts and accessories
which I have documented on the
biography page and have a pix of Frank
holding a Gibson pre-war
casting pattern for their renown flat head tone ring.
Yesterday morning, Frank gave me a call letting me know that he and
Gloria was in route to Charlotte, NC and I told him not to have any lunch
that I would have some North Carolina style pulled pork/bbq ready for our
Sometime around 11ish, the doorbell rang and what a wonderful treat it
was to meet Frank and Gloria Schoepf and I introduced them to my bride.
We got a good grin going when Gloria wanted to know if my bride has a name
since I always refer to her as my bride and it is strange when I do say her
Below pix of Gloria and Frank Schoepf at our work station island in the
It was time to remove the two
Boston butts from the
drum smoker) and Frank and Gloria got a chance to sample the pulled pork
while I shredded it with a fork. After getting the Boston butts
shredded, I added some of my
bbq sauce to one pan of the
pulled pork and that one
was the favorite. I normally take pixs of some of the food prepared as
evidenced on my recipe page but that wasn't the case today. It is hard
to operate the camera with a fork in one hand.....grin if you must!
Frank emailed me a few pixs he took with his camera. Yours truly
shredding one of the Boston butts below:
Check out the pix below of the bright pink
and bark on that beautimous looking Boston butt!
We had a wonderful time at the dining room table catching up on things while enjoying
a meal of pulled pork and/or bbq,
home made baked
beans, red and white
and fried cornbread.
We finished off with a dessert of home made
peach cobbler and Vanilla ice cream.
Pix of Gloria and my bride aka Joyce with both of them with a good grin
While Gloria and my bride aka "Joyce" entertained themselves, Frank and
myself headed down stairs to "The Man Cave"
and Frank brought along one of his favorite Gibson flat head banjos FON
9782-3 he named "Kellie" since it was an original style 10 Kel Kroydon
manufactured by Gibson in the 1930s. Frank is one lucky man since he
purchased an original pre-war Gibson gold plated flat head tone ring of
which the pre-war banjo was in a fire and that tone ring was the only
salvageable part from the banjo. Frank with that kind of luck could
easily bankrupt a Las Vegas casino in one afternoon! Frank had earlier
sent me sound clips of that banjo and it is one awesome instrument.
That banjo has it all; highs, lows, tone, clarity, right amount of sustain,
power, killer 4th string, pre-war growl and "rattle" gutsy sound that no new
Below pix of Frank and "Kellie"
After Frank did some pickin, we went next room into my basement workshop
that was originally used as a garage and got caught up
on the Bluegrass music scene from decades ago. We both
knew a lot of the craftsmen from the late 1950s and 1960s that started the
resurgence and demand for the post-war conversion of the four string pre-war (made
before WWII) Gibson tenor and plectrum banjos into 5-string bluegrass
My bride really enjoyed her time with Gloria and she found out that
Gloria was an avid Gardner too for both vegetables and flowers. Time really got away too fast and
Frank and Gloria gave us an open invitation to come and visit with them of
which we plan to do in the future, the Lord willing of course.
It was a total pleasure to finally meet Frank and Gloria and as I have
said so many times on this website: "Two
Of The Greatest Ships That Ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship."
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 10-17-15.