TONY:

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  1. Kwai Chang says:

    Ringo: Where’s my helpers?

  2. Michael says:

    These are AWESOME! Where and when?!

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    (Trivial but curious):
    Was the Hofner Bass available with black pick-guard?

    Was the ‘Ringo Starr’ drumskin ever used while with the Hurricanes?
    Was Ringo ever free-lance?

    What’s up with that guitar/amp lead? That must make for a long evening. Was the beer that strong?

  4. Jocelyn says:

    Kwai, Höfners have used a few different pickguard colours. That one is a rather interesting earlier model and I do wish I could get a better view of the pickups.

  5. Chris says:

    Wow, what a rare find! Way to go, Tammy!

  6. Ken Wood says:

    Found the pics and dates and stories here:
    http://beatlesource.com/savage/1962/62.01.XX%20top%20ten%20-%20ringo/62.01.00topten-ringo.html
    Yes, the Ringo Starr drumskin was used during the Hurricans.

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    @Ken Wood…
    Thank you! Very nice on the sleuth work. I guess everybody was a little disheartened at the beginning of ’62. The free-lance drummer, Ringo finds out the grass isn’t greener with Tony. And for everyone else…bad news from Dick Rowe. We’re just lucky they headed back to Germany…instead of the ‘crossroads’. They were probably only a tear away from becoming a blues band. Especially with Elvis in the Army…

  8. mcarp555 says:

    Here’s a ’59 Hofner 500/1 with tort pickguard and black bar pickups. This looks like the closest match to the bass in the photos:

    http://www.vintagehofner.co.uk/gallery/bass/bas53.html

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    @mcarp555…
    Thank you for the link. I enjoyed it very kindly. I think Jocelyn is going to like it, too.
    I don’t know how this story of the fabs keeps up the pace so well with every little nuance falling into place with the clockwork precision of the solar system…but, it does. Just look at that beautiful bass guitar. She’s pretty darned sexy. Another unassuming character with much presence…and, EVEN MORE to say…but, not in this scene. The craftsmanship radiates appeal enough to lure a Northerner…and when it makes sound…everyone hears it. But for our story, this isn’t just a symbol of the next big ‘something brand new’. For this story, it’s a time machine…waiting/double parked. It says Hofner on the hull…but, it’s real name is Peace. Who will fly her? Captain Ulysses? Stuart Sutcliffe?
    …Paul Ramon?
    The main thing is this: the least musical guy in the band is letting us go. He’s bored with us. He’s bored with his bass. He’s in love with a local girl. He even seems to be bored with John. So, the German girl has not stolen your bass guitar. But, she has stolen the heart of its owner.
    (Stay tuned…)

    @Jocelyn…
    Was the bar pick-up (on the ’59 500/1) a cosmetic variant of the ones on Paul’s 1960 500/1? In other words, do both pick-ups give the same sound?
    Or, are they completely dissimilar ala ‘single’ vs. ‘humbuckers’?
    That tortoise shell pick guard is pretty nice. I thought the one pictured on stage (Tony’s bassplayer, Colin Melander) looks black. I guess the lighting is just too low. His bass does look like it features bar pick-ups. I’m no expert, but, I don’t see anything like pick-ups from the 1960 model.

  10. Cara says:

    From a distance, Tony looks like John in that first photo. The curlyish hair and the way he holds the guitar… and then the finger for a finishing touch of attitude. ;-)

  11. Kwai Chang says:

    @Cara…
    Me, too! I was ready to leave a comment about Paul’s stand-in.
    (I’m just lucky that I viewed the other one before I started typing).
    Anyway, how dare Tony try to emulate the Lennon aura before it’s actually blossomed fully…I mean, he’s not even nearsighted!
    Besides, when has John ever used a cheap plastic coated guitar lead?
    It’s rubber or nuthin’!

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