Before buying my Stringmaster I was able barrow a couple other Fender Triple-8s. So before I have to return the loaners I decided to line them up and compare tone and sustain. Each was unique depending on condition and restoration factors. I used an Alamo amp with a 15-inch speaker.
Throughout the Si Siman photo collection it’s easy to see a that a least several of the photos were taken at the same club over a period of time. Either the stage props are consistent or we can see the “Stone Arch Ranch” lettering above the stage or on the wall at the back.
Roger Hurst was the first to identify the pictures being from, “the Stone Arch Tavern (not ranch) located at Truman Rd. and Blue Ridge Blvd. just east of I-435.”
Several people have contributed information that Curly Chalker is featured on lap steel in several of the pictures with Blackie Crawford and the Tune Toppers around 1950. However, further help identifying the other bands and musicians is needed.
Also, Russ Wever was able to find a mention of the club in an old Billboard magazine issue. I’m still not sure how he was able to do this. However, since Russ’s powers as a musician also amaze me, I guess I’m not surprised: