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penny arcade - Friday, March 28th, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
Dear Larry John

i recently wrote an essay on LA
I wanted to share it with you
as you were part of my original LA experience and I mention you and Just Like Paradise in it.. along with Randy Newman's I love LA and Gabriel Kahane's LA (if you don't know Gabriel i think you will love his song) I played your song probably 12 times while writing the essay...its on my blog The Designated Mourner at pennyarcade dot tv I hope you are very well..Remember me to your sister..I enjoy looking at your site from time to time love penny

mark turski - Saturday, March 8th, 2014 3:53 PM EST
since i haven't seen you sent the West St. days in Portland you may not remember me but i was in the Philippines and a Dutch couple asked me if I'd heard of you. How weird is that. Plus i met one of your old band mates in Minneapolis. 'tis a small world.

Dennis Marshall - Thursday, February 20th, 2014 8:43 PM EST
Hi John,

Any chance you can let us know the story behind "Noboby's Girl". . .? Funny, I've lived it.

Marion Gentul - Monday, August 5th, 2013 2:12 PM EDT
Thanks for the Sano information! My father was Jack Gentul (not Gentile)and started working for Sano in about 1953, in charge of design and production. He designed the circuits for all of Sano's tube amplifiers from about 1953 to 1964. Mr. Zonfrilli was responsible for the wonderful industrial design of the amps. My Dad went on to design and manufacture Hilgen amps.

Michael Omelczenko - Monday, July 22nd, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
I was looking for someone to repair my Sano Accordion when I stumbled upon your blog. Yes, you brought back many memories of Major Music in Irvington, the teachers and staff but also I worked at Sano corp. Cranford,NJ in the 70's as amp cabinet maker them. Didn't ever think that anyone knew about Sano.

penny arcade - Sunday, March 24th, 2013 5:04 AM EDT

Hi penny arcade/susana ventura here
found myself still awake at 4:30am
(been touring non stop past 18 months with very short returns to NY so my inner clock is, well? maybe shattered? and I thought .."shit the whole world's sleeping and me I'm wide awake" realizing immediately that wasn't some indolent musing but your lyrics lodged in one of my brain's crevices and suddenly jonesed to hear for "Just Like paradise" wrote it all up and posted it on FB to be discovered by people who will love it
dug around and found 2010 video interview with you on Songwriter Advantage..that was fun to see and hear you...xoxoxo hope all is peaceful in your valley susana

Chanel Vrbanjac - Monday, November 12th, 2012 3:55 PM EST
Hey Larry John McNally!!
It's Chanel ....the aussie girl who you recorded Louis Armstrong with in LA, when i was 15. I'd like to get in touch with you. If you could e-mail me asap? Looking forward to hearing from you! Best, Chanel.

Ethel - Saturday, October 27th, 2012 1:52 PM EDT
Hi John

I Became aware of you & your music very late, last year thanks to youtube.
I fell in love with few tracks from your debut album.
You really belong to one family which is for me, as i describe it : '' Wonderful Top Artists who unfairly were not enough exposed, or commercially worked as their company should have made it to be able to give you more success".. I've just received the Korean Cigarette & Smoke release, and I honestly would like to send you you my Congrats, cause that package is truly well done. Wasn't i your friend, Sleep on it, Just like paradise...are pure Gems. I'm happy to have that great album in CD now ! I'm moving on to discover what's next in your journey. Wish you the best and now..i will play my LJM right now !

Georgia - Sunday, October 21st, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
So glad to have found your song Just Like Paradise available as an MP3 download on Amazon, I just bought it. I am so HAPPY. It's one of my all-time favorite songs, it always puts a smile on my face.

David Guilbault - Friday, September 21st, 2012 4:19 AM EDT
Hi. I just got a Excelsior Americana amp (made by Sano?) and can find little or nothing about it on the web. I have posted photos on . What can you tell me about this amp, if anything? Thanks very much. Cheers for now. David (

Barry Wittenstein - Sunday, September 9th, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
A fan since day one.--Barry, former CBS records employee

Bob Ebeling - Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 11:31 AM EDT
Hey Larry! It's Bob from Baker/Mark Kahaian. You played on the record in NYC in 2001. Glad to find you in my Sano info search! Would love to keep in touch and talk some Sano.

Steven Moreland - Thursday, August 16th, 2012 2:34 PM EDT
I saw that you liked Teisco amps. I picked one up off ebay and wondered if you had any info on what must be a 72R. Can't find anything about it.

Steve Vaughan - Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 3:37 PM EDT
Discovered Black Guitar on a sampler, wonderful stuff. The rest is a musical adventure I thought I'd never experience again. Slowly collecting all the CDs. Thanks for the music,
PS:Please come to The Sage, Gateshead/Newcastle, England

neil messick - Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 6:41 PM EDT
Hi Larry. I am restoring a Sano 30WR. I can't find the schematic anywhere. I was hoping you might have it and could sell me a copy of it. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the Sano amps. Thanks

Geoff Prime - Sunday, March 25th, 2012 7:57 PM EDT
Larry, have always liked The Motown Song ... thought that you really captured some of the essence there. Do you know if someone (or yourself) has ever written a big band arrangement for it. I'd like to introduce some real swing into a big band. Geoff

Jerry Brannon - Saturday, March 24th, 2012 11:25 AM EDT
I have a Giulietti (Sano) 30WR amplifier that needs repair. I see your website has a schematic highlighted but access doesn't work. Can you send me a copy?
Thank you.

penny arcade - Thursday, March 15th, 2012 11:36 PM EDT

I thought of you today because i am coming to LA next week to do a small performance of new work in prgress and a belated book party for the hard cover book on my work Bad Reputation that Semiotexte MIT PRess put out the meantime i just learned that Rob Roy had passed and so with that on my mind, having just wrote Peter I am dripping down a spider web into your day...xoxoxoxox susana

i can't leave the link for my show fri march 23ed it is at Human resources in Chinatown 8pm...let me know if you want to come...xoxo

Bob Lind - Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 12:16 AM EDT
If my name means anything to you, drop me an email when you get a chance. If not, well, just want to tell you I can't say enough good about "Just Like Paradise." When I hear another writer who's careful not settle for a line that "will work" when, with a little more courage, he can find the RIGHT line, I like to write and tell him I notice. You do that in spades, with this song. Glad you're on the planet.
Yers, Bob Lind (

Paul M - Friday, March 9th, 2012 12:29 PM EST
Hi Larry,
I saw your gear link & noticed your pretty obscure collection of Sano amps (not sure if you own these or just sharing Sano info?)
Anyway, I have an old Sano that it's hard to find any info about. I wonder if you might weigh in or it or tell me where I can look to find out more about it. I'm sure you're busy but if you have time to reply I'd be grateful. Are you coming anywhere near Boston anytime soon? Cheers, Paul

Greg Hitchens - Sunday, February 12th, 2012 6:03 PM EST
Just Like Paradise is a great song! Been in my head since i first heard it years ago. Any idea where i can buy it for download to my ipod?

Hey Greg, Its now available on itunes!.
All the best!- LJM

Walter Parks - Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 2:37 PM EST
Larry, Don't expect you'll get this in time but I'm at ROOM 5 in LA tonight Wed Jan 18. one set at 10pm
Let's hang sometime.

Michael - Saturday, December 24th, 2011 2:00 PM EST
Your Holiday Music was featured on the latest Beach Cast. Number 14 to be exact. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. Hope you'll like us on FaceBook and spread the Love Lotion to your fans. Ask them to Like Radio Waves and request more of your music.

Ron Olsen - Thursday, December 15th, 2011 10:52 AM EST
I'm repairing a model 50WS. a strange amp with a separate power amp section and speaker just for the reverb Two EL34's for main output and one EL84 for the reverb. one 15" and two 8" speakers

b. martin - Monday, December 12th, 2011 7:09 AM EST
Hi, Larry, I have original schematic that came with my Sono-ette amp if you would like a copy I can send it.

robert c fillion - Thursday, December 1st, 2011 1:18 PM EST
flash from the past,hi larry been many miles,just thought i would say hi,and maybe we can talk sometime,maybe catch up a little, take care bob

K.L. - Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 2:30 AM EDT
Hello Larry, (K.L. April post about Over Fences,really nice you put it up) I just saw below a note from Barry Friedman and actually said HOLY SHIT! out loud sitting here by myself. Cracked me up. Remember the first time I saw Fat Boy Jake And The Mainliners at a junior high school dance and I was (in junior high school) mesmerized by the band doing Cream and Hendrix well, just like Cream and Hendrix. Lesburg, Black and Friedman.I jammed with Lesburg once in my 20's and was still starstruck. Nervous as hell. I was honored he complimented my I remember Barry, a good soul, and have wondered what happened to him over the years and he's still playin. What else would you expect. Good memories for me. Hope they may be for you too as you happen to be the connection. Thanks. Ken

jimmy haslip - Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 2:15 AM EDT
HI LARRY . . . . .




King Alexander - Sunday, August 7th, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
LJ, you just keep puttin' 'em out, man! I wanted to tell you, my bandmate Major Handy, on APO Records, after being featured in the February 2011 issue of Living Blues, is now a Critic's Choice Award winner in the August issue, along with your friend Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, and others. Sweet. If you go on FaceBook, check out last night's photos in Breaux Bridge, LA on Major's page.

jane Williams - Monday, July 18th, 2011 7:46 PM EDT
Hey Larry,
Just watched the Joni movie, Heart and Mind, and made me think of you and your gifts. You're so talented! Your music will live on a long time like hers. Last week I was thinking about life and death and tried to sing your song, "over Fences"... stopped the folding, sat down and looked out over the fences, rooftops, clotheslines and tried to sing as much as I could until I cried... thanks for that. I love your "new" website. You keep it so beautiful artistically! Are you still in LA? I bet your kids are getting big! We are well! Dave, Willa keep me busy.

Graham Harvey - Sunday, July 17th, 2011 4:25 AM EDT
Hi Larry
The internet can be a weird thing. We all have songs that we have always loved loved loved like Nicolette's Lotta Love and then when we get around to downloading it on youtube in the process we find out things that we had missed. Like that Nicolette passed away 14 years ago! Very sad to read and to think someone so beautiful & gifted, went so early. I then joined a fb group to remember her, only to discover that today is her birthday! how about that?!! loved reading your review of the tribute night to Nicolette of 2007 & details on her daughter- thanks for posting

John Bannon - Sunday, June 19th, 2011 4:12 PM EDT

Your Sano page is a truly invaluable resource. Thank you for creating it.

The links to the schematics for the 30W and 30WR models no longer work. Are those schematics still available?



Leo - Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 3:45 PM EDT
Larry, I love your art/humor/philosophy. It reminds me of better times. Just getting reacquainted with your music. Just thought of looking you up after listening to "long drag off a cigarette". Always loved that one. Good to see you are doing so well,always knew you would.

Joel Martin - Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 12:56 AM EDT
Hi! Lovely meeting you. Looking forward to checking out your music more too - i'm so thrilled to be home early from Pegi's show i'm celebrating by going to SLEEP! HA!
anyway, this email is always good or you can get me here: facebook dot com /iplaypedalsteel
or listen to me here:
myspace dot com /joelmartinquintet
take care and i wanna see your amps and talk about songwriting!

Matias - Thursday, May 5th, 2011 12:48 AM EDT
Hey man, I saw your page about your "teisco spell". I have a Teisco Checkmate 15 amplifier that I'm selling, I am from Chile though, I thaught you might appreciate it well... greets.

K.L. - Sunday, April 17th, 2011 5:58 PM EDT
I'd been learning Over Fences when my friend told me you may be by after the funeral. I lost someone a long time ago and this song and others like them always pull me in very deeply. That and the reason we were all there was why I requested it. Thanks for sharing some of what the song means for you and for playing it for all.

Naomi - Sunday, April 10th, 2011 1:17 PM EDT
met you in Portland Maine sometine in the 1970s when I was hanging out with Eliott Osborne and the Outerspace Band..WOW look at you..I remember Sarah's song..Do you have any plans of playing on the east coast? Naomi

Mike - Friday, March 25th, 2011 3:38 PM EDT
Hi Larry from England. Recently got into your music thanks to the absolutely stunning 'I love to watch a woman dance,' makes the hairs stand. Thank you, Mike.

Fran Millett - Monday, March 7th, 2011 7:31 PM EST
Hi from Matt O'Donnell and me. We try to keep up on your happenings as best we can. Matt is still in the dark and I'm not far behind him.
Best to you!!!!

unlillwhess - Friday, March 4th, 2011 6:50 PM EST
I just wish I could understand my father.

***note from LJM-
I get a ton of these guestbook spams everyday.
I don't get it. It's probably some kind of
bot scavenging email addresses for spam or
something. Not sure why, but this one made me
laugh. Know how you feel unlillwhess from NY!

Robert W. Bothen - Saturday, February 19th, 2011 12:40 PM EST
Lar Jon!
Howdy. Long time no hear. Hope all is well. You still on the west coast? You ever get back herer? Keith Hamilton remembers you fondly. Did you know Peter Re also? I should get WERU to play some of your stuff. I'd love to hear it. Been awhile. I often play Bonnie Raitt doing your "Nobody's Girl" cause I wrmly remember your doing it. Knobblings Carriage House!

Donna Gregory - Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 1:27 AM EST
Love your work! Where can I purchase a copy of "Just Like Paradise" from your first album? I own it but it's on vinyl and I'd love the digital version...

Yvette Bleu - Friday, January 28th, 2011 12:08 PM EST
Larry John, Mon Cheri,

Je vis actuellement en Allemagne et j'aurai aime savoir si certains d'entre vous connaissent des endroits
sympa pour se divertir a Hamburg.

J'ai essaye pas mal de rades sans jamais m'y eclater.

Bien Cordialement, Yvette

Je compte sur vous !
PS: Si vous etes dans mon coin, pas de soucis pour se rencontrer !

ciao !

Susana ventura - Friday, January 28th, 2011 1:58 AM EST
L.J. I was thinking of you this evening and googles my way here.
I hope you are happy and well...I am . Remember me to your sis

Mike Schwab - Thursday, January 27th, 2011 3:29 PM EST
Thanks for the Teisco information it was very helpful to me as i recently came to own a ET-200, EP-4 and a checkmate 30 amp. The Amp is a constant conversation piece and everyone one who sees it just has to plug into it and hear the sound it makes. It is a very cool amp and i like it a lot.

leon l. mallory - Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 5:40 PM EST
hey guy miss the old days. been along time,get in touch with me.

Jon Thomas - Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 11:13 PM EST
Hey LJM, It's your old accountant, Jon here. Long time. Glad to see you are still playing that good music. I still have a copy of your original 'Wasn't I Your Friend' on cassette. Still think that was better than what ended up on the lp-Be well-

Jerry La Rosa - Thursday, December 9th, 2010 9:11 PM EST
I bought a Sano amp and accordion from Joe in 1964. Gee whiz that was a great amp and instrument. I wish I still had them today. The amp sounded better that all the Ampegs and Fenders of the day!

Barry Friedmann - Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 2:01 PM EST
Hey Larry, congrads on all your success...I remember the old days in Bangor, playing some tunes with you, Steve Ives, Mark, Steve Chapman...oh my...lots of good memories

Andrew - Thursday, November 11th, 2010 7:03 PM EST
Great information storehouse for amp fans! It's sites like this that make the web hard to turn away from!

I'm a tube amp fan with a Sano Model 160 with a fuse that I think may not be correct (7.5 amperes, 32 volts). Do you know the design value of the fuse?



Dana Slipp - Thursday, October 28th, 2010 10:55 PM EDT
Happy to say "I knew you when...."

And so glad to see that life is doing well by you.

The Oronoka (did I spell it right) on the Penobscot is a distant memory- but some great ones!

Best Wishes

barry friedmann - Thursday, September 16th, 2010 11:27 AM EDT
Hi Larry..I'd heard rumors about you thru the years, and they are all true !!! Yea !!! Richard Dyer sent me the link to your site. I'm still playing the drums in Knoxville Tn after all these years. Any word on Jimmy Libby ?? Steve Ives ??
Congrads on all your success,
Barry (jack hammer)Friedmann

Dick Dyer - Thursday, September 16th, 2010 8:41 AM EDT
Hey Larry, long time no see. You come a ways since the Bangor Days. Glad things are going well for you. I've enjoyed listening to several of your songs over the years. Be well, Dick

Ricardo Guinea - Friday, August 13th, 2010 8:03 PM EDT
I've just noticed you wrote "For my wedding"; I listened it performed by Don Henley... Then I came to your work...
My compliments, man!

Leslie Thayer Mann - Monday, August 9th, 2010 9:21 AM EDT
Thinking about you... I've been DJing music/video on FaceBook (why the heck aren't you on FB, pal?) and will be posting some of your stuff. Am into a Leon R. and Joe Cocker groove today and just posted Joe's version of "Long Drag..." and wanted to get the credits from you since I don't have a copy of the record handy and haven't been able to narrow the search to the specific track so far. Miss you. Would like to get back in touch and have current phone and email for you and know what's going on. Much love, Leslie

Rockin Rob Jones - Friday, July 30th, 2010 12:27 PM EDT
Hi Larry. I like your site. I saw these Sano amps on here, and had to have one! I found a 250R on Ebay, but it needs repair. I didn't see a schematic for it on here, so I was wondering if you, or maybe one of your fans would happen to have one? If so, would you email one to me? Please? I am dying to hear what this thing sounds like. I can tell just by looking at how nice the components are installed, that this is quality!

Neil Custer - Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 5:14 PM EDT
Hi Larry. Just saw your name on Bonnie Raitt's "Nobody's Girl". I was wondering if there is a story to share behind that song. I love your lyrics, man!

******Hey Neil, Thanks for writing. Yeah, there's a story alright. Her name was... Apparently a lot of other people knew 'her' too, as I get emails about 'her' from all over the world. Good luck to you if you end up going down that road. best, LJM

celena - Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 9:36 AM EDT
Hi Larry, I work with your sister at CDS. She is such a pleasure to know. What a talented family you have!

rick babb - Friday, July 9th, 2010 4:21 PM EDT
I found you thru laura taylor whitfield,Thank you for your wonderfull tunes and many congrats on all the cuts..dfwlly rb

susan chasse stilphen - Thursday, July 8th, 2010 4:56 PM EDT
hey, larry! remember dana slipp and the house on pine st. in orono? the leather "shrink couch" in the living room? i was one on dana's roomies, and i remember you and michael morse coming to visit. wish i'd sung with you. good to see you doing well! sooz

Silvia Barden - Monday, May 10th, 2010 1:00 PM EDT
Hello Larry,

I recently saw you perform at the ASCAP Expo and came up to tell you how much your song "Nobody's Girl" impacted me at a certain point in my life. I enjoyed hearing you perform your own work and would like to know if you will be publishing a tour schedule and whether it includes So Cal locations.


Tom Bishel - Friday, April 30th, 2010 5:02 AM EDT
Hi Larry, Tom from Songwriters Vantage. Thanks so much for the interview you did for us at the ASCAP Expo. We enjoyed meeting you. We'll let you know when it's on our site. Keep up the great writing!

David Opatik - Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 10:06 AM EDT
Interesting stuff. I have acquired a Sano 500R 12-Fane. It is for sale.

Judi Conner - Saturday, February 27th, 2010 11:36 AM EST
You made me laugh and I am still laughing every time that I think about you. JC

Dennis Coron - Thursday, February 4th, 2010 6:18 PM EST
I purchased a Devonsquare cd today and noticed your name on a song and it brought back the days of you as a waiter at the OLD PORT TAVERN. I remember listening to you play after work. Your pictures show you looking still like you used to, minus the long dark curly locks. It feels good to me that you have done so well. Be well and I wish you continued sucess. I will always remember you as a quite talented man.


******Hey Dennis, Thanks for writing. Long time since those days. My son wants me to grow my hair long again but it's too much work! best, LJM

Jerry - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 9:07 PM EST
Howdy LJM -
Came to you through The Eagles crediting their recording of your 'I Love to Watch a Woman Dance.' Very beautifully introspective. I'm wondering if you've made it available as a published piece of sheet music. If so, where can it be purchased? Have a desire to use it in a gig in a couple of months. Would like to credit the source.

Thanks in advance for your response.

******Jerry, The Eagles songbook is available at
take care, LJM

leon oconnor - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 12:38 PM EST
Found your site in an attempt to find out more about a sano amp I acquired years ago. Thanks for the research info on the family etc. that made this find amp. I have the schemantic and it is a 15 inch and two 8's speaker model. Its kinda tempermental but one of a kind sound!

Currently, in the Sarasota/Bradenton area but from up north; CT outside of New Haven.

I am looking to sell the amp, whcih is in great shape. The best I've seen!

Additonally, Larry I listened in on some of your music:Nice... Leon O

Any idea of worth of the amp and where to sell...

simon - Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 7:23 AM EST
Once again! It was really tough to get hold of Folksinger and BQE. But I succeeded. Now I discover that Buddy Holly has been released. Actually thought I was on a mailinglist. But - when will it be possible to get it? Did order it from CDBaby, but it doesn't seem they know when? Anyway, very big fan of you and got all that you released up until now.
Except BH..... all the very best, Simon

******Simon, I hope you're received the 'Buddy Holly" CD. Let me know which tracks jump out at you. best, LJM

michael - Thursday, November 19th, 2009 8:55 AM EST
Hi Larry, I really enjoy your work - when are you gonna come to europe again? You've been to Amsterdam - what about Denmark/Sweden ?

Michael, I'm working on booking The World Tour! see you in Stockholm! -LJM

Aale - Saturday, November 14th, 2009 10:10 AM EST
Hey Larry,

I saw you way back in the nineties in Romein, Leeuwarden (NL) doing the opening for Jimmy Lafave. I was astonished! Amazing songs, amazing performer! Vibrolux is much played in this house when the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Today I also bought 'the making of' and there's a package from cdbaby on it's way. It's going te be a smooth winter, warm and tender! You keep the cold outside!


the netherlands

Hey Aale, Leeuwarden is one of my favorite places in The Netherlands. See you there next show- LJM

Annabella - Friday, November 13th, 2009 10:32 PM EST
Hey LJ, Long time since those days in New Orleans! Look me up if you're playing down this way.

XOXO Annabella

andy stack - Saturday, November 7th, 2009 8:27 PM EST
hey larry,

i'm a fan of your music and a friend of lincoln's .. he gave me the cd you worked on together.

well.. i was looking up info on my teisco amp and found your site. i may be looking to sell it.. its got two 6 inch speakers and its red.
well, hope to meet you sometime, good luck with everything

Becky Seale Paterson - Monday, October 26th, 2009 12:19 AM EDT
I had no idea. I'm in NOLA visiting my daughter. Saw Linda at the Bangor reunion and again in Sept at your Dad's house. I'm hoping she'll come visit in FL this winter. Have a place in Ellsworth and see Jimmy and his mother whenever we are there. They've told me over the years about your success and Wendy Porter says you've given her some music for the pictures she's putting together from reunion. Can't wait to get home and spend some time getting to know your music. Hope you are well. All the best, Becky

Eric van Drunen Littel - Monday, September 7th, 2009 6:00 PM EDT
Hello Larry John,

I am a fan of your music and when you came to the Netherlands in Haarlem (my town) I missed it!
Then my friend "Ton Zeijpveld"told me about you and that he spoke with you.

Some years now, I got my own music studio and made some sessions with Ton. Later I made some extra work on it and here are the results. Listen to: and chose for the music of Ton Zeijpveld


Eric van Drunen Littel
Haarlem, the Netherlands

Mikaela - Thursday, August 27th, 2009 7:02 PM EDT
Hi! Long time, no see. Sure love the new albums! When are you playing in New York?

music lover - Friday, August 21st, 2009 2:11 PM EDT
Hello. Your new Buddy Holly album is a masterpiece! such great ideas, songs and guitar playing! You are great.

Fred (Al) Frawley - Friday, August 21st, 2009 10:13 AM EDT
Larry, somebody sent your letter regarding Ron Brown's passing that was published in the Bangor paper. I never thought that I would see the words "Paxton's Backstreet Carnival" in print again, this many years on.

In any case, your remembrances about Ron were touching and really hit the mark and I thank you for sharing them. I wish you good fortune with your new release.

(If memory serves, the derivation of PBC comes from a song of that name on a Strawberry Alarm Clock album in the late 60's)

perry - Thursday, August 20th, 2009 2:09 AM EDT
My dear pal,

Lost your number in a phone catastrophe. Got a new addition to rival Mia....Sunny Lee...give me a ring so we can catch up. Love what finally happened with Buddy Holly. Still have the Thomas Dawson overdub and listened to it recently. Love you my dear buddy.

Take care,

Big Per

Chris Darling - Saturday, August 15th, 2009 8:55 PM EDT
Hey Larry John!
Played some tracks off of Vibrolux a few weeks ago,(I Love that record, Henry says I got to hear "The Making of Vibrolux' ,,, one of these days!) & wow new stuff awesome!
How goes it man!? you ever coming back to Maine for a visit? Still doing the show Looks like you got some new grooves up and that's great. You're an inspiring songwriter, make yourself welcome should you hone in on your home peeps.
btw I still have that media page going , it's always cool to have a cat like you intro the who what where & why of a track whether it be your own or someone whom you dig.

VivianMariaElena :) - Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 10:01 PM EDT
Sat. Aug. 1st! Recieved my copy of "Buddy Holly"; highly anticipated. also in the mail: the soundtrack to "Places in the Heart"....happy days

Leslie Salzillo - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 5:45 AM EDT
'Katie's Mood' - still amazing...

Leslie Salzillo - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 5:30 AM EDT
Hi Larry John,

Good to 'see you'. Looked for you on facebook; No LJM, but they did have a sidebar with your website address. Looks like you've been busy and doing well. I'm so glad. Long time, yes? Hope you're happy and healthy these days. Love, peace and hope...Leslie

DK - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 8:26 AM EDT
Just heard the Motown song on Fox news and rushed to itunes to download.
Its an Awesome song - first heard it in 1991 in Lagos Nigeria where I come from and have been 'looking' for Vagabong heart all these years. Made a fool of myself in Cambridge Uk 1997. No one had heard of a Rod Stewart Album titled Vagabond heart. Just want to tell you its a great song. Absolutely fantastic. Will follow your work now I know the pen behind that song.... I write a bit meself

Don Kenobi

mike bell - Friday, May 22nd, 2009 1:53 PM EDT
Was thinking about the days gone by...Hope all is well..
it's terrific knowing someone in the old band had some talent. Apparently, you have lots!!! congratulations

ryan wright - Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 4:02 PM EDT
its been a long time since Portland, ME !!!

David has just been back to the NE area after 7 long years in Texas...

hope everything is going well..

The Sweet Potato gang..

rick curless (dick curless jr) - Friday, December 26th, 2008 11:12 AM EST

Mark"Guitar"Milller - Sunday, December 14th, 2008 9:04 PM EST
Hey Larry! How are you? I hope things are well. Could you check out my web site(Mark"Guitar",myspace, and youtube. I've got a few tunes that I would like you to listen to. Have a great Christmas and stay in touch if you like. God Bless, Mark

Motohiko - Monday, September 1st, 2008 3:51 AM EDT
Hi Dear Mr.

I'm one of the listners of your great music and am living in Japan.

I wonder when your forthcoming album be in store...Can't wait!!

Deirdre - Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 11:07 AM EDT
When are you coming back to Holland?

Don - Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 6:50 PM EDT
I literally found your CD "Vibrolux" in one of those "freebie boxes" at a record store in Chapel Hill, NC. I can't stop listening to this album. What a diamond in the rough!

Andrew - Sunday, July 6th, 2008 2:24 PM EDT
I have a Sano 250R in great shape, with its original warranty card and schematic. I love the sound of it, but i'm always looking to mod stuff, so if anyone has any recommendations for it, email em to dihnekis at and I'd be forever grateful.

This site talked me into buying it in the first place, so thanks.

c.J.Walo /songwriter /guitarist - Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 5:55 PM EDT
tried to e-mail you but it wouldn't work . I was referred to you by a friend of a friend of yours, Carl Crosen from L A Harley Davidson in Maine. If you have a mailing address , I'll send you a disc ! Thank You for reading this . C.J.W.

Ann Colucci - Sunday, June 8th, 2008 8:33 PM EDT
My uncle was Nick Sano. He perfected the Sano amplifer. His company was in Irvington,NJ. He sold the name and the company about 30 years ago.

King Alexander, Lake Charles - Thursday, June 5th, 2008 2:03 PM EDT
L.J., today I turned my radion on A.M. and heard the rousing "do do" chorus of "The Motown Song" coming out of it. Turns out it was the Rush Limbaugh talk radio program; he was using that portion of the Rod Stewart cover as "bumper music," of which he claims to have the best in the business.

A lot of people don't like the guy's politics (ha), but for perspective, I recall a flap when an adminstrator of The Pretenders' music tried to stop him using the bass riff portion of their song "My City is Gone" as his opening and closing theme. For a short while he had to take it off, until Chrissie Hynde found out about it and told the administrator, "It's my song, and I say let him use it," which he does to this day.

Kevin Coleman "Mojokane" - Friday, May 30th, 2008 1:17 AM EDT
Hi Larry,
just used your sight to I.D. an amp. Also, I just acquired a Sano-ette. A sleeper for harp. A player and gear head, I have grown fond of smaller types like Sano and Kalamazoo's. Almost exactly the same, eh?
Take care, Thanks, too.

daxe rexford - Monday, May 19th, 2008 8:26 AM EDT
Hi Larry! I was poking aorund for info on my Checkmate 30 table/amp and found your site. Thanks for then ice presentation. Now when I tell people about it I can send them to your site for a look and some specs. Thanks! ~daxe

Michael Giles - Friday, May 2nd, 2008 2:32 AM EDT
I too Love to watch a woman dance. A momentt of peace and reflection

dave h - Friday, April 25th, 2008 3:25 PM EDT
...make that two 6CA7/EL34s, not EL84s, sorry...

dave h - Friday, April 25th, 2008 3:22 PM EDT
Great info -glad to know there are other Excelsior Americana owners out there! For what it's worth, the schematic I have shows:
on bottom: two 6CA7/EL84s with a 5U4GB rectifier, and two 12AU7s,(also the 6AN8A and EL84 for the reverb circuit)
on top: two 12AX7s and two 12AU7s. One 12AX7 is dedicated to the tremelo circuit, one 12AU7 dedicated to the bass and bass side of the stereo inputs, the other 12AX7 is the first stage for both guitar and the treble side of the stereo inputs, and the last 12AU7 is post tone controls, pre output to bottom section. Hope this helps someone.....

John David Putnam - Sunday, April 6th, 2008 1:30 PM EDT
I Love to Watch a Woman Dance has touched me as no other song. Thank you.

Ed - Monday, March 24th, 2008 6:14 PM EDT
Great info on your page, very helpful. I've had an old HiFi 115 sitting around for years, and it sounds great, but doesn't work all the way. I've wanted to repair it, but can't find any schematics for it. Do you have any schematics for this model? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again for putting together a list of these excellent amps.

Herb - Thursday, March 20th, 2008 11:19 PM EDT
Wow, I found some great information on your site today. I have had an old amp I have called the "Chicken Shack Amp" because that is where I found it about 15 years ago.
Near after I found it I cleaned it up and found a broken connection while moving the wire to find where it should be reatached I discharged the nearby cap, ouch that hurt as it knock me across the room. For all these years I have played this great old amp, love the sound it had a 1972 Jensen 12" speaker in it so I assumed it was a 72 or later. But now I think it is an orginal outsorced Sano from 1950. It has the Sano cloth but no name plates or were they ever on the amp unless the orginals may have been glued on. It did have a paper glued inside that said it was a "Musical Instument Corp model #10" which has crumbled and I have some of the pieces saved. Today though after reading your Sano information I thik it is one of the earliest Sanos made.

Bruce Roberts - Monday, January 28th, 2008 8:53 PM EST
sorry I missed you recently

Lennie Gordon - Saturday, January 19th, 2008 11:38 AM EST
Hey McNally, I sent you an e-mail earlier this week, did you receive it? We ordered sone cds and are looking forward to hearing what you've been up to. LG

Mamoru LN Hirayama - Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 3:57 AM EST
a photo for promotional use

Dear Larry,

How do you do. This is Mamoru Hirayama from LabelNavi in Tokyo Japan.
I'm e-mailing you to ask for your approval.

May we carry the photo of you on our website/LabelNavi ?
As we'd like to introduce you and your work to the Japanese music fan,
would you kindly send us a copy of your photo for promotional use
by data, not of a copy of the album art cover.
We're deeply impressed by your music. Your album, will become
our important treasure.
Above all, and
are my favorite tracks.

Album art cover and label logo of this album/LSR are already carried on
our LabelNavi. If you'd like to remove them from there, please reply to
this e-mail with the word "remove" in the subject line.

Thank you very much for your attention to this request, and
We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Very truly yours,
Mamoru Hirayama

PS: Incidentally, do you have a plan for new release ?
If so, about when is it scheduled to be released ?

PS: I saw your gig when you came to Japan with Peter Gallway.
I was knocked-out by your vocal and guitar performance.
I've been chasing you since then.
Starting from Larry John McNally, Fade To Black, Vibrolux, I Love To
Wake Up In N.O.,
Dandelion Soul and loose ends, I've been listening to all of these
your works.
I fully enjoy them. Thank you Larry !
I'd like to see your gig again in Japan !

Alvaradosas Munija - Friday, December 21st, 2007 5:20 AM EST

I have just found your website great
give thanks
Matthias Kurz

Carol McGovney & Jamie Shoop - Monday, December 17th, 2007 10:25 PM EST
Hey Larry, We are sitting here in front of the fire wondering what happened to people we know. Whatup?

Peter Amrein - Sunday, December 9th, 2007 2:12 PM EST
Hi LJ,

I must admit, the song you composed for the new Eagles album led me to your homepage. The first thing I "clicked" on was the Volvo P1800. You see, I once owned a P1800ES which is known in Germany as the "Schneewittchensarg." Roughly means Snow White's coffin.

All the best.


Ikuko - Thursday, December 6th, 2007 8:32 PM EST
Hi,from Japan.
I, too, really love your song 'I love to watch a woman dance', so pretty.
And thank you so much for writing the episode about the song in your blog. It means a lot!

PAEGAN - Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 11:03 PM EST

michael - Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 3:49 PM EST
Hi - i'm from denmark. i think you write greeeeeaaat songs. is there anywhere on your website, where you have written your chords for "I love to watch a woman dance" Michael

stratbastard - Sunday, November 11th, 2007 4:16 PM EST
VINTAGEAMPMAN: Would gladly advise you on your Excelsior tube problem... just need to actually know your email addy if you want me to contact you LOL. I am at the altarofamps site. Pre-amp tubes often used are 12ax7's, 6an8, 12au7, and even a 6bq5 (EL-86).

Joel Porter - Monday, October 29th, 2007 5:51 PM EDT
Hey Larry John, MSN has link today to hear Eagles new double discs, 'I Love To Watch A Woman Dance' on 2nd. Way cool, man!
When are you gonna do a disc of all the tunes that others have had hits or some success with that the world may know ye better? Best, Joely

jimmy haslip - Saturday, October 13th, 2007 7:45 PM EDT
LOVE IT LARRY JOHN . . . . . .
PEACE . . . .

Laurie - Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 8:47 PM EDT
Just came across your site,,I really enjoyed your music. I'm always looking for new music to listen to . Oh by the way Sharon & Marilyn said to say hello,,,and hey Uncle Billy if your reading this hi!!!!!

T.J. Elton - Friday, June 15th, 2007 12:37 AM EDT
Hi Larry,
You may remember me, Andrew's Borther-in-law.
Many years ago you made a very wonderful musical impression on me when I was a child that I still use inspiration in my performances today. Sleepytown album is some of my favorite music.
When I am performing I sing Sleep On It, and to this day it is a winner. Thank you for inspiring my musical career. You can check out my band the Felt-tips website.
I'd love to catch up and hear from you.
Take care,

Charlotte Wright - Sunday, June 10th, 2007 12:53 PM EDT
My stepfather, Vic Centro, was a jazz accordionist for more than 50 years. He used a Sano accordin & amps. When he died this year I inherited a Sano accordion & amp that no accordionists here in Iowa can tell me about. It was nice to read your history.

Michael Zonfrilli - Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 3:47 PM EDT
Hi,I am the Grandson of Joe Zonfrilli sr. of Sano. I just wanted to thank you for compiling this history. Very interesting and actually more than I ever knew. Cheers!

Glenn - Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 11:41 AM EDT
Hi, does Larry play anymore?

Jon Pike - Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 12:09 AM EDT
Hey Larry J.

vintageampman - Monday, March 26th, 2007 12:56 PM EDT
Hey stratbastard. Can I email you in regards to your vintage excelsior tube amps. I got a nice minty one that is missing a tube. No tube chart. Any help is greatly appreciated

Mamoru Hirayama - Thursday, March 15th, 2007 9:55 PM EDT
I'm interested in your new album. When is it due ?

Mamoru Hirayama - Thursday, March 15th, 2007 9:50 PM EDT
I've been listening to your album since released 1881.
-from Japan

Tom - Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 3:35 AM EDT
Saw your post re: Bill Chinnok. I met him a couple of times in the early 80s when I worked for a rural Maine rock station, and attended an outdoor festival he headlined. Wish I had bought his records then, I've been looking for years. Sad news.

stratbastard - Monday, March 12th, 2007 2:39 AM EDT
Well, I can't believe it but I found yet another (Sano) Excelsior Americana Stereophonic in mint condition. Finding another AT ALL is amazing, as they made them bet a few short months in 1968... but it's a looker just like my other one. Now I have the pair to run in stereo. I cannot get over the amount of natural tube overdrive these two have for an accordian/guitar amp... they start breaking up just past two. I have actually put vintage JBL's (carefully packing away the original speakers) in it, as well as groove tube solid state rectifiers replacing the tube ones to merely get enough headroom to play them loud LOL. Marshall has nothing on these guys... and even though I own nearly 40 amps, these two still remain the prettiest I have ever seen - I just love their look.
Also picked up two Teisco's, a Checkmate 25 piggyback (all tube) and a Checkmate 15 (also all tube) which I just adore. Larry, you and I definately agree on tone... even if it's a bit off the beaten path.
Best regards...

Vini Contreas - Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 8:40 PM EST
Larry, I met you at the Penobscott Inn I believe. I had put out a local record that Harry King produced called Wild Strawberries . . . You were very encouraging. I live in So Cal now, in the mountains just south of Palm Springs. I did some demo's a while back with Mark 'Guitar' Miller wailing his yahoos off and was wondering if I could email or send them along. Lemeknow . . . Blessings to you . . . . Vini

Jos Goverde - Thursday, February 8th, 2007 5:49 PM EST
Larry, relisten to some recordings I made in spring 2001 when you were over in the Netherlands (Arnhem, Katoenclub... doesn't exist anymore) and the instore at the Plaatboef, Amsterdam. No idea what you are doing nowedays. Will hang around on your website to find that out with the great music on the DAT tapes. All the best. Jos Goverde

Lawman Mike - Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 5:28 PM EST
Hi Larry..liked your info on the Sano company..I just scored a Sano Guitar from a friend of yours ..Rob R..any more info you can share..can't wait to get my hands on the axe..LM

Kevin Jackson - Saturday, January 6th, 2007 11:04 PM EST
Larry, thank you so much for the info! I have owned a Sano guitar for about five years and every once in a while I type in "Sano guitars" on Google to see if anything is out there and this time I found you. My guitar is a gorgeous hollow body with a beautiful flamed stock - I have no idea how old it is but it looks brand new! It has a red burst finish and the craftsmanship is classic. The action is great and it plays like a dream. My favorite part - this guitar is light as a feather. There is no model number or name other than Sano. It is stamped with a "N 1324" and "S 109" and "Made in Italy" on the neck plate. If you have any info on how I could find out more that would be great. If not, thank you for doing the research, I am enjoying finding out more about my Sano. God bless, Kevin Jackson

Jim Peden - Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 4:01 PM EST
Have you ever published the tablature for Nobody's Girl? I'd love to learn to play it, but I don't really read music, so I would need the tab.

Perry Hamburg - Monday, January 1st, 2007 9:24 AM EST
For a brief period during World War II before his induction into the U.S. Army, the late Joseph Zon-Frilli was my accordion teacher at the music school that he and his late brother-in-law, the renowned accordionist Louis Iorio, operated in Irvington, New Jersey.

Later, they started Sano Corporation in a nearby, wholesale-only, back-alley building to assemble, warehouse and service their accordions, amplifiers and accessories and where, in 1965, I bought my 120-bass Zon-Rio Model 73E with Stereo-Dual Pick-up.

Over the years, I've tried to find them, but to no avail.

If you know of anybody who services their instruments and carries spare parts for them, I would appreciate hearing from you.


Bill McNally - Monday, December 25th, 2006 11:22 AM EST
Merry Christmas from the
McNally's in Windham

James Coberly Smith - Monday, October 23rd, 2006 8:17 PM EDT
Hello Larry! THANK YOU again so much for showing me the black box! It has been a GREAT tool for me! I hope all is well with you!
Thx! James

Mark - Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 11:33 PM EDT
I've been searching for Just Like Paradise. How can I download or obtain a copy?

andreia minasian silvera, DDS - Thursday, August 31st, 2006 2:10 AM EDT
It was nice meeting you today. Really enjoyed your music on the music downloads here.

Ken Pendergrass - Monday, August 28th, 2006 8:15 PM EDT
Great site- really like the LJM streaming radio...I just recenty purchased a #1000R Sano Amp (Solid State, 2-12" speakers tremolo & reverb 100watts RMS)- think it will be a sweet jazz combo- anybody know where I can get a schematic or some info on this amp? Think its worth something? thanks in advance
ken AT mystro2b dot com

Jon Nalley - Friday, August 25th, 2006 4:47 PM EDT
glad to find your website... have been a fan of your since my college years in the late 70s... and it has nothing to do with the name... lol

Rick Steel - Friday, August 4th, 2006 6:44 AM EDT
Larry, I live in Ft Laud, FL.
My long time friend from Acton Ca, has done some restoration work for you. Jim Fitzpatrick. A yr.ago while here for a visit, during the middle of a major hurricane, we were trapped inside . He played me your music for the first time. After that I have to come to Calif, & hear you live! Hopefully at Kulaks, I have been a musician all my life & a luthier, String instrument restorer, repair. Your music has given me such good feelings. Looking forward to meeting you & hearing you live. Rick Steel...

Harry King - Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 9:30 PM EDT
This is a beautiful website, blogging poetry and such. Glad to see you all over the map as usual. Really enjoyed the Arif Mardin piece. He was someone to admire. But on the brighter side, Jackie King and Doc Morrill are still kickin', as a matter of fact, Doc has his own radio show and can't be talked to, being the celebrity he is, you know. I live in Texas now, but still get up to Maine occasionally to see my mother and brother in the Bangor area and do a couple of jingles with Ed Boucher in Lewiston. I'm doing a Saturday night jamboree in Mt Pleasant with some old reb duffahs, and it's the highlight of the week. Pays 50 bucks too! Was in LA a few times to work with Robin Thicke on his first two albums. Second one comes out soon, but don't think any of my contributions made it on that one. Hope you get many more hits and have fun doing it. God bless.....Harry King

Mark Geuy - Friday, July 28th, 2006 12:37 PM EDT
Mark Geuy of Murrieta - Ray Charles is the greatest and his music will live on forever.

Thank you

Chuck Langenberg - Sunday, July 2nd, 2006 11:54 PM EDT
And I see that you wrote "Goin throuth the Motions" -- one of the songs on Terri DeSario's Moonlight Madness album. Back when I had a turntable I used to listen to it all the time. I gotta tell you, she really did your song justice. And I loved "every" song on that album. And now just want-want-want it on CD. But it doesn't look like I'll be able to find a CD of the album any time soon after searching the web. Any ideas on purchasing the album on CD would be appreciated. Otherwise maybe one day I'll go out & buy a turntable & technoid the songs into mp3's. I love it, I want it. ideas? If not, thanks for the memories.

Ion Freeman - Monday, April 3rd, 2006 8:31 AM EDT
Gotta say, that song "Somewhere, Somebody" keeps bouncing around my head. Every few years I look up the title and (increasingly various) artists.
Heck, I'm going to go buy it.

Larry Newcomb - Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 9:24 AM EST
Just checking in, my friend. Hope all's well. Ciao.

Laurel Altman - Saturday, March 18th, 2006 6:04 PM EST
How fun to find your website - thanks again, google! Kenny and I remember so many fun times and wonderful music...
hope you are doing well! Your description of DJ Rogers cracked me up - remember him so well and loved "Indivisible," thought it was the best song on the album. Sooo soulful.
Love, Laurel

Bill Ray - Saturday, January 28th, 2006 4:36 PM EST
Hey Larry Just got turned on to your music. Very good stuff! Reminds me of what I heard when I was growing up in Jackson, Ms.....Sunday Am, chilling out (the Blue Laws wouldn't let you do anything otherwise, LOL) Anyhow, You are in high rotation in my iPod. :)

seiji sakai - Monday, January 23rd, 2006 4:15 AM EST
I can't speak english a little.
but Larry is my favorite musician.

Zettai meno nae de kiite mitai musician
no hitiri desu.(japanese)

Randy Heath - Friday, January 20th, 2006 12:47 AM EST
I think you are one of the best song writer's in the biz.Keep on writing-singing and playing you the man.Randy Heath 01/20/06

Melissa Manchester - Thursday, January 19th, 2006 4:21 PM EST
Hey Larry,
Whitney Dane suggested we get together to write.This was the only way I knew to get to you.
All the best,
Melissa M

David & Leslie Carr - Sunday, January 8th, 2006 1:50 PM EST
Thanks for the great performance at Lost Coast Live. We're so lucky to have the venue and to have outstanding artists like you sharing your talent with us.

Ian Crombie - Thursday, December 29th, 2005 11:40 PM EST
Hey Larry John, Long time, no talk. Cool website. Happy New Year! Cheers, Ian

John Borkowski - Thursday, December 22nd, 2005 4:30 PM EST
Excellent article on the Sano Amps – nice site overall too!
I am looking for information on the history of the Sano Corp. - particularly their accordion manufacturing. I´ve been playing a Sano Accordion for 19 years and I believe that there is nothing finer, new or used.
If anyone has any information on Sano Accordions, please contact me at this e-mail address. I will greatly appreciate it!
I saw Fred Zonfrilli, Fred Forge, and Al Knight have signed this guest book. Please contact me at this e-mail address:
John Borkowski

Stratbastard - Friday, December 9th, 2005 8:40 PM EST
Well guys... I have been in contact with Alan
Greenwood and Gil Hembree, publishers of the Vintage
Guitar Price Guide. This publication, as you know, is THE standard for establishing values on vintage amps, guitars, basses, and effects. They have agreed, I think, that it is time to start listing the venerable SANO line of amplifiers...with of course values.
Larry, I of course sent them straight to your site to get the comprehensive historical information you have gathered.
I have also sent them pictures of my SANO-made Excelsior Stereophonic. After comparing it to similarly equiped Magnatones, an agreed upon starting value has been reached....$1000. Values for other Sano's will be established, using some of your information I am sure.
Hang onto your Sano's folks... they will start accruing in value as they should once in the "blue book" of vintage amps... because more people will finally be aware of them.

Stratbastard - Saturday, October 29th, 2005 4:18 AM EDT
Came across a Sano amp for sale on Ebay, and boy did it look familiar. I own a mint condition, EL34 powered, 5 speaker Excelsior Stereophonic amplifier (a little bigger than a twin reverb). Having searched the worldwide web, not a single word about this amp or its history. VERY frustrating, as it is the FINEST guitar amp I have ever owned... and as a vintage dealer, I have owned them all. The only clue was... it had inputs for guitar AND accordian (as an Ampeg or Sano)and had a excelsior sticker on the speaker which identified them as New York. Searching for Excelsior in New York, i do find that an Excelsior ACCORDIAN company once did biz there, moving to Italy in 1969. So, I contact the company in Italy, and they say YES, it was commisioned by their company by a small amp outfit in the states, though nobody knew the name anymore. Having seen a Sano Stereophonic, it is so similar in design that I am nearly positive they must have made it... also given that it is an accordian amp also.
Sadly, this amp dates to late 1968 (Utah speaker date code) and when Excelsior moved to Italy they dropped the idea... so maybe in slow production for a few months?
Again gentlemen... this is the fattest, sweetest amp I have ever played...true vibrato, lush reverb, singing compression/sustain. And with 5 speakers (1x15, 2x8, two 4x9's out the SIDE) it covers the tonal ranges adeptly. I am going to purchase a Sano, as i will bet the circuit is close or identical.

Fred Foge - Friday, October 7th, 2005 3:38 PM EDT
Came accross your Sano article. Brought back many memories. I played an excelsior with sano stereo pickups and had a sano 100w amp. Knew Joe Zonfrilli very well, Tullio used to be his counter man. Knew Lou and Gabe and the list goes on. Got to meet Art Van Damme on one of my trips to the shop. Also got a quick tip and mini lesson on left hand technique from Tommy Ippolito while waiting for a repair. Many fond memories. Does Fred Zonfrilli still do any clubing. He used to have a regular gig at the Friar Tuck. That's a long time ago. Thanks for your article. Fred Foge, Orlando, FL

Bill McNally - Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 7:49 AM EDT
Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other

Then someone at my side says;
"There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
"Here she comes!"

And that is dying

Henry Van Dyke

Our Brother Robert D. McNally , June 6, 1938 to October 4, 2005

Billy, Sharon and Marilyn

Rick Steel - Monday, September 19th, 2005 5:18 AM EDT
My friend Jim Fitzpatrick from Calif. just turned me on to your music. I enjoy it very much. Wish i had heard it sooner. Where can i find a copy of .. Just like paradise. Thank you. Rick///....

paul Van Hooff - Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 8:32 PM EDT
I probably will Larry, thanks for your kind note. To be honest, miss you all a lot. For me the States was like magic. Here in Mexico it's hard work to survive on the roads. And hot too, damn hot. so hello to your lovely neighbours, and who knows we'll meet in Amsterdam some day. Would be fun. Bye Larry

Al Knight - Friday, August 26th, 2005 4:49 PM EDT
Hey- the Sano amps page drew me to your site. I grew up in the 60's & 70's in Irvington, NJ and frequented Major Music. I knew Lou Iorio. I currently have one of those 2x12 Sano's with the P2P wiring and so on. When we were kids "Mr. I" sold us solid state Sano's probably at a loss when we couldn't afford the Marshalls we dreamed of. He was very nice to all the kids that used his store/school. It's very cool that you dedicate an entire page to piece of my past and home town.

marioodonnell - Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 12:08 AM EDT
Your voice seems to get to me as if I was a kid again , following you around gigs, taking a few chords home to honey-up something Id been carrying inside of me .....Thanks

Jennifer - Thursday, July 21st, 2005 3:36 PM EDT
I was wondering how I can get a hold of the song "On My Wedding Day" not to be mistaken w/"For My Wedding" I just heard it on the radio but, Don Henley performed it. My Brother in law is getting married.I thought it would be a nice touch. Thank you.

Dave Concors - Friday, June 3rd, 2005 1:43 AM EDT
I was there in the beginning..Westlake Audio..sent you a email...still listening to Paradise, etc...stay cool

Robert Herrera - Friday, May 13th, 2005 2:03 AM EDT
old port tavern...i was downloading some music and your name pop up. just wanted to say hi

Fred Zonfrilli - Friday, May 6th, 2005 12:02 PM EDT
HI John,
Thanks for sending me the advanced copy of the "SANO AMPLIFIER STORY". I noticed a few things in it that probably could use some further clarification. All in all, it's a very nice piece and I really appreciate the time and effort you have imparted to it. As I related to you before, I put a lot of time and effort into the company. It seems that all that effort is rewarded by people like you who who appreciate the product we worked so hard on to deliver.(about 20 years worth) I did find some literature on Sano that I would like to send to you for your review and use if you so choose. There's not much in the way of tech stuff but you may find some of it interesting anyway. I will include some comments on your "Story" that you may want to incorporate for purposes of clarification. Please allow me a few days to get that info out to you. Again, thanks for your interest and kind words.

All The Best,
FRed Z

Fred Zonfrilli - Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 6:08 PM EDT
Nice talking to you the other day, Larry. You stirred up some almost lost memories about the SANO company. That was a nice writeup you had about the Sano amps and albeit the company no longer exists -----stopped making the amps about 25 years ago ---- your kudos were very much appreciated. I scoured the memorabilia the other day. The only thing I could find were some old pictures of the amps as used by the Sano Accordion Symphony. Regardless, I'll send you what I did find. You may find some of the info of interest. Enjoyed looking at you website and find that we share a commonality in music.
I'm now 66 and have retired from playing the weekend gigs that I enjoyed for some 50 years. (keyboard) Much success in all your musical endeavors.

Fred Z

PennyT - Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 12:07 AM EDT
I wanted you to know that Nobody's Girl is one of my favourite songs ever written. It's so great to have the internet to be able to find you and tell you so! Do you ever play in Vancouver BC?

John Pettiford - Friday, March 25th, 2005 7:48 AM EST
Enjoy your work!!

Susan Endicott - Sunday, March 6th, 2005 10:43 PM EST
What fun to find your web site. Looks like life has been good to you and you are still making great music. Do you ever come back to Maine to play? Rory Block is coming to Boothbay Harbor next weekend. Some of her music reminds me of your early work. Be well.....S

Alastair Cook - Thursday, February 24th, 2005 2:17 PM EST
Amazing how music spans time and space. I've only recently heard, for the first time, Don Henley's "For my Wedding". I see you wrote it. That has to be one of the all time great songs, that hit the nail so firmly on the head. Well done. I shall be on the lookout for your name from hereon.

Art Landry - Saturday, February 5th, 2005 7:27 AM EST
Hey Larry, how are you? I check out your web site every now and then to see if your doing a gig in the northeast! Amy and I would love to hear you again! Take care, Art

walker montgomery - Friday, February 4th, 2005 1:17 PM EST
I love the new streaming radio show! please add more songs-all the best, Walker

steve johnson - Friday, December 10th, 2004 5:52 PM EST
Still wearing that first cd out love to here from you if you come to nashville let me know, S

kim chasse - Monday, October 25th, 2004 8:40 PM EDT
long drag off a cig- great tune. any thoughts of playing back in maine in the near future?

Bruce Roberts - Thursday, October 7th, 2004 7:45 PM EDT
just checking in.....busted your lap steel into 3 pieces? God Bless 'em.Now you look like Jerry Douglas with that TT!

Lourens van der Weerd - Monday, September 13th, 2004 9:22 PM EDT
Hi, I heard you perform for the first time. This was with the program "The Songwriter's Circle"(Leeuwarden). During your first song I knew 'you were the one for me' that night. I like the way you play the guitar, especially the 'wringing of the neck'. Your songs are 'spacious', open. The critics in the newspaper of this gig were not good. They liked you, but didn't appreciate the static form. Well, I had my night. I will listen to more of you

Angelique & Michael - Saturday, August 21st, 2004 11:26 PM EDT
Great website, and amazing music! I just downloaded, and listened to Buddy Holly, and transported me back to living in LA, and visiting with you. Say hello to everyone for us. Lots of love, Angelique & Mike

kenn laut - Tuesday, June 8th, 2004 6:01 PM EDT
where do i obtain lyrics, especially "long drag of a cigarette
regards Kenn

Pip Carlisle - Saturday, April 17th, 2004 7:13 PM EDT
Hi Larry! I'm the jaundiced speedfreak who sold you a Les Paul back in '91! Glad you've made a successful career in the music biz--me, I'm teaching history down Oklahoma way--lots of good pickers around, too. Good luck, Larry.

Peter Ré - Monday, April 5th, 2004 7:29 PM EDT
Greetings Larry from a friend from the past -- Congrats on your many successes (and excesses :>})and here's to many more, Amen -- Peace -- PJR Oakland, ME 04963

Joel Porter - Saturday, March 13th, 2004 12:47 AM EST
Hey Lonesome Larry John, get up, it's time for swim team practice! It's surely been a long time... Wendy said she'd been in E-touch w/you. I've only recently thrown off the Luddite mantle and got modern w/a computer and am able to visit wonderful sites like yours. Have to run out right now but must try to download Brutha Mike upon return as 1st attempt came through all chopped and disjointed. joely

katherine - Sunday, January 4th, 2004 10:36 PM EST
City is a killer little gem. Can I get the chords---especially for the part that starts "whether our love was right or wrong," there's a couple in there i just can't find for the life of me. Thanks. Happy new year. katherine

Mary Gauthier - Monday, December 22nd, 2003 4:21 PM EST
hey Larry,
It was great playing with you in Amsterdam. I'd like to send you a copy of my new CD.
Happy Holidays!
Mary Gauthier

Jan de Kievit - Thursday, December 4th, 2003 7:51 PM EST
I was at the Newland gig in Klaaswaal on Nov. 30th and you signed my copy of the Vibrolux sessions that I bought that night. Really enjoyed the show, great oerformance!

Bert Hoekstra - Friday, November 21st, 2003 6:20 AM EST
We saw you playing in Venlo last Saturday evening,
it was great, we liked the show together with Lyn, Slaid,Ray Wilie,very much.
I spoke to you after the show, next time when you come to the Netherlands you take your son with you, he can stay in our house if you like that.
goodbye and see you, Els,Astrid and Bert

steve hanson - Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 8:33 AM EST
will he be on tour anytime soon in the midwest??

Mary Higgins - Sunday, November 9th, 2003 8:41 PM EST
Larry...... I have never met you but I have heard so much about you from a very close friend of yours Bruce Roberts. I have met Mike when I was a child. I love the song I talked to my brother Mike. It gave me goose bumps. I think I know who the girl is who wouldn't marry . Our families grew up together, I I remember them togetther. Keep up the good work and I hope to meet you someday.

Bruce Roberts - Wednesday, November 5th, 2003 11:30 PM EST
Good Looking Website,Lar
Though the song was unlisted, I still enjoy the memory of "Last trip to Tulsa" at the old 'noka.
$15bucks a night.Jeez.

veronique cyphyre - Friday, October 17th, 2003 2:46 AM EDT
Dear Larry, Roberta Flack got it right when she wrote "Killing Me Softly." Even though it was to a different troubador she was referring-Don McLean,babe it coulda been about you!Saw you at Trinity Backstage in Santa Barbara. I am an erstwhile songwriting student of Kate Wallace...I bless her and Douglas Clegg to the high heavens for getting this venue off the ground, for they built it and by gum, YOU came! Telling of the New York of my dreams, as only someone who has that deep love of the place can do- rousing my hybernating longings to be there- to bring the white skin of my sleeping soul out into the lights at Washington Square- to inhale the poetry of Jim Carroll mingled with the smell of wino piss in the subway- as the Goth girls waft past, with their tribal tattoos and piercings proudly on display-taxi! taxi! forget it-let's just walk instead...
Thanks for sharing your gift. I was transported and transfixed.

Gail Zeserman - Sunday, October 12th, 2003 11:49 PM EDT
Had the pleasure of hearing you last night at Dean Dobbins house. I loved your rendition of "Just my imagination" (not sure of the song title) and loved participating in the singing.

Your sensitive and deeply honest lyrics just opened my soul right up! I am always grateful to be able to hear such incredible talent in an intimate setting and be reminded that just being ourselves and sharing that truth brings so many riches. Thanks Larry!

P.S. Great website! Beautifully organized.

James Freyt - Monday, July 21st, 2003 10:22 PM EDT
Great Site, Great Music, Nice to see a good song writer doing so well! Support Good Music.

dick weston - Monday, July 21st, 2003 7:44 PM EDT
Just downloaded My Brother Mike. I'm sorry. If I read the meaning correctly, Mike died. I must have been in FL. Mike always made the best world he could for the kids he watched after. I had'nt seen him for a long time, but he was always into what he was doing when he was in S. Portland. I used to see Linda quite a bit around Portland and she seemed to always be well. Maybe I misheard the lyric, and if that's the case, I'm glad, if not you have my most sincere regrets. DIQ

dick weston - Monday, July 21st, 2003 7:01 PM EDT
I was just listening to Nobody's Girl, no matter where or when, this song brings emotions out of me. Seems like I always knew her. Anyway, it's great to see you doing so well. I live in St. Petersburg FL in the winter and Stockton Springs ME in the summer. Almost bicoastal. Don't know what my e-mail address will be come October, but I'll keep my eyes (and computer) open for any concert dates you have coming either way. Great to see a Dirty Shame do so well.

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