My name is John, and I have been playing since I was about 15, now at 59 I still have a passion for guitar. I find that it waxes and wains though as I am very busy in my business (making signs). At 16, when I was leaving school I went for an interview at Apple records Mayfair studio in London as an assistant mixer operator. It was an interesting interview, as nobody was doing any work! They wanted me to start straight away, but I was still sitting exams so I didn't make the start. Only a few months later Apple went into voluntary liquidation, so I guess that was a blessing in disguise! My first job was at Orange Musical Industries instead. Who said that you can't compare apples with oranges! I stayed here for a couple of years, and it was interesting work, at least at first. Wiring speaker cabinets and amplifiers can only be exciting for so long though. We did get to take gear up to London Weekend TV and on concerts as part to the "hire gear" team. After this I didn't work in the music industry again but have always kept playing. I currently have a Tokai Cats Eyes acoustic (1975 CE350), my original 1st guitar an Arbiter Les Paul copy and my brother's Strat that I inherited. I am a great believer that a name isn't everything, as I have played some awful famous brands and some great unknown brands. Although I will say that the percentage of good guitars from well known brands is always going to be much higher. Usually these can be sorted out anyway. I have recently inherited a Telesforo Julve from about 1929 from my father who bought it 2nd hand when he was 17 (in 1946). It is a beautiful guitar but needs some repair. Which is why I have joined the forum. Looking forward to meeting you all.