Mick wrote: Rusty the Scoob wrote:
He may have some hippie in him but clearly not enough. He should at least let Waldo study it for a day. What would that cost him? Nothing.
While I understand this feeling, I have had a minimal amount of experience dealing with "high profile" people, and can see a bit of the other side. When you have a lot of money, are a CEO or NFL owner or other high-profile person, the world beats a path do your door, all of them looking for SOMETHING, and I am sure the strangeness and variety of the requests is as large as the vagaries of the human race can generate. So, Waldo wants to go inspect the guitar, and we all think it would be great if he got the opportunity because he is an expert on guitar electronics and is purely interested in The GD, music and history and all good things and we're pretty sure he isn't a knife-wielding whacko. But, the reality is that from the other side of the door, Waldo is one tiny voice in a vast sea of people who want SOMETHING from Mr. Irsay. Worse, Mr. Irsay doesn't know about Waldo's background, or the fact that we're pretty sure he isn't a knife wielding whacko, and he just doesn't have the time to even try to learn the backgrounds and probable mental stability of even a tenth of the people that want something from him. As much as it sucks, and I'll bet Mr. Irsay would agree that it does, the reality is he needs to hire people to say "no" to the vast array of folks who come around looking for something, pretty much no matter what that something is.
That said, if I win the mega millions tonight, I'll offer Mr. Irsay $2 million for Tiger. If he accets, I'll let Waldo look it over for a day.
point taken, and i totally understand that aspect of this discussion. but know, that while i would love to be able to get my hands on that instrument for documenting, i feel more strongly in the fact that he continues to keep it in a private collection. while mr. irsay did buy it with his money and does own and possess it, it will NEVER be his guitar. that guitar will ALWAYS be jerry garcia's guitar played with the grateful dead. that is a fact that will never be disputed. that said, what does it say about mr.irsay's respect for the grateful dead and it's legions of fans keeping it all to himself, regardless of my requests to document it? as i stated previously, if you have the money to buy the world, is it it really yours to do what you will with it?
and as for the comment chuckles makes about what jerry would have wanted. it is well documented what they planned on doing with their gear. here's a quote if you haven't seen it.
The Dead have long planned to build a museum in San Francisco called Terrapin Station where Garcia's guitars would be a centerpiece exhibit.
"I just hope they don't wind up in some private collector's hands" Hart said.
now that plan is shot because it's MAIN piece is in a private collection, mickey's fear realized. the core 4 didn't hide it after jerry died, it was displayed for all to see, and mr. irsay continues to disrespect jerry, the GD and it's legion of fans by not attempting to do the same, but rather play it in private at his own jam sessions. that has nothing to do with "entitlement" and all to do with respect. same could be said for wolf, but with wolf the owner has allowed it to make it's rounds and be played onstage for the fans, and would think that it will again. can or will that be done for tiger, as of yet almost 8 years in his possession, it has not nor does it seem likely it will.
i would state, that is just my opinion, but know that it is not solely my opinion. i do what i do out of respect, not entitlement! irsay should display it out of respect and not horde it because of entitlement from his purchase!
Disclaimer: I make and sell Buffers. I also sometimes Modify, Build and sell preamps and amplifiers. My opinions are not intended to be sales pitches. I am a one man shop and prefer to spend time with my wife and family, i work full time on call and love to spend my spare time doing other things. I only make, modify or build things for those that seek them.