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I want to share with all readers on this forum the

news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

luthier and he will be greatly missed.

Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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Al's presence here was what brought so many of us to this Board. I know I'm expressing the regret of many that he no longer will be with us.

My deepest condolences to Clo and the other great people at Casa del Sol.

Mark Wagner

: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

: friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

: to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

: and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

: anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

: luthier and he will be greatly missed.

: Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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: : I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: : news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: : del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: That's dreadful news! And so sudden. Had he been ill? Can you tell us more?

: I feel miserable.

I will share with the readers of this forum that may

not have known Al personally. Many may not know that

Al had lost his legs years ago (I never felt it was

any of my business to inquire as to how that happened).

During September and October, Al had been ill with some

sort of intestinal troubles and had been hospitalized

briefly. Being the trooper that he was, he never

complained about his pain to me, but he did share with

me that he had trouble with his protheses because he

had lost so much weight and they were painful for him

to use them for walking.

Al did his work at his shop in a chair with wheels,

which he would roll over to the phone whenever anyone

called. He was my friend, and I am so saddened by his death.

I had been worried about him because of his "silence",

but I had no idea that whatever it was that put him

in the hospital in October was so serious. I'd like

to share with all readers that the last time Al and I

spoke on the phone, he had just gotten in a Carcassi

violin for restoration work and was tickled to pieces

to have that fiddle to work on! Al was a joy and the

most positive, honest luthier I've ever known.

Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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That is very sad news. I haven't been coming to this board very long, but whenever I posted a question I quickly learned that the best responses came from Al. No matter how dumb my question must have been his answers were always helpful and understanding. I have been wondering where he was. He will be sorely missed.

: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

: friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

: to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

: and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

: anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

: luthier and he will be greatly missed.

: Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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: I will share with the readers of this forum that may

: not have known Al personally. ....

Thank you, Marsha. What an awful loss to us all. I think the epitaph Rab Burns wrote for a friend fits for Al, too:

If there's another world, he lives in bliss.

And if there is no other, he made the best of this.

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: .......a great friend and contributor. The world has lost a kind and generous man.

: Mr. Stancel has shared with us much more than his love and knowledge of violin and music. He has shown me that, in a time when vulgarity and self-absorption seem to be the norm, it is still possible to be a gentleman.

I will miss you greatly, Mr. Stancel. May you find perfect intonation in that big concert hall in the sky.

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I am greatly saddened by the passing of Al. I was never lucky enough to have met him face to face but his multitude of postings on the board and the personal emails he sent speak volumes about the man who was so kind as to share so freely the knowledge that took him a lifetime to acquire. I know that he was a kind, thoughtful, non-judgemental, generous, and intelligent individual, and I am disappointed that I never got the chance to meet him so I could have thanked him in person.

Thank you, Al.

Paul Carlson

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: : : I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: : : news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: : : del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: : That's dreadful news! And so sudden. Had he been ill? Can you tell us more?

: : I feel miserable.

: I will share with the readers of this forum that may

: not have known Al personally. Many may not know that

: Al had lost his legs years ago (I never felt it was

: any of my business to inquire as to how that happened).

: During September and October, Al had been ill with some

: sort of intestinal troubles and had been hospitalized

: briefly. Being the trooper that he was, he never

: complained about his pain to me, but he did share with

: me that he had trouble with his protheses because he

: had lost so much weight and they were painful for him

: to use them for walking.

: Al did his work at his shop in a chair with wheels,

: which he would roll over to the phone whenever anyone

: c

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The loss will be deeply felt by us all. Hopefully the many of us that had contact with Al will continue to derive inspiration from his generosity of spirit for the rest of our own lives.

S. Hersh

: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

: friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

: to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

: and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

: anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

: luthier and he will be greatly missed.

: Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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How can I add to what people to already said without repeating?

You were a friend and a gentleman. You were more giving than anyone will be able to say. Thank you for your joy and kindess. Thank you for your warm and soft heart.

Now, Al, you can make violins in the workshop in the sky you said you would wait for.

Daniel

: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

: friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

: to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

: and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

: anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

: luthier and he will be greatly missed.

: Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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AL STANCEL died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

Marsha, do you know what exactly was the listed cause of his death? I ask because his last post to the list was made that very morning, so whatever it was must have happened very suddenly. Which I suppose was a blessing, in its way.

We'll not see the like of him again soon.

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I've never met the man and only communicated through

this forum. He never once failed to respond to any

question I addressed with helpful and sincere information and advice from his undoubted wealth

of knowledge and experience. You could sense there

was something very special and human about him.

May you rest in peace, Al, and condolences to family

and close friends. I hope many fine tributes will be posted on this board.

In the back of my mind I sometimes thought -

if I ever had the chance to meet him what a pleasure

it would be.

omobono.

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Al Stancel was a most helpful friend to all of us at the Fingerboard and you could count on his advice and suggestions. His recommendations brought my cello back to life and I am sure all of us whose lives he similarly touched will carry some such physical remembrance throughout our musical days.

Thank you Al, I miss you.

Andy

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I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Al Stancel.

Although I never had the privilege of meeting Al, our interaction on this board made me feel as though I knew him.

Amid the turbulence and verbosity of the board, Al was a sea of tranquility, and a wellspring of wisdom. And despite his own busy life, when he came to the board he was never too busy to assist even a newbie like myself with my insignificant little problems.

I shed a tear this morning when I read the news, but found comfort in this verse from the poem 'Remembrance' by William Shakespeare:

"But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restored, and sorrows end."

With sympathy,

Steve

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Yesterday, December 2, there was a Memorial Service

for our friend, Al Stancel. My friend in Indiana

attended the service and he wrote the following to me.

I want to share it with all of you.

Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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The service yesterday almost filled a very large church. It was a very nice tribute to Al. Lisa Scott played four pieces on one of the last violins that Al made in 1991. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Air, Irish Air and Amazing Grace were the selections. She was accompanied on cello by Perry Scott. Many of Al's

life long friends were called up to talk about their experiences. It was an hour of uplifting and inspiring talks and music. He will be missed.

Fred

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: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

Al was a friend of mine from my early days of violin collecting, and before the internet days.

He had called the house on saturday morning, about 2-weeks ago, said a violin I had sent him to look at from my collection looked italian and was sending it to

Warren&Sons,Chicago,and he would pay for the expense.

I had told Al he could purchase it if he wanted, as he

was always looking for french bows and nice fiddles,

and I would run across one,sooner or later.

He seemed excited about it, and planned to send it right after thanksgiving.

I checked last night on the fingerboard to see if Al

was around, and saw this posting about Al.

I kinda thought back about how Luigi Tarisio was holding one of his favored violins, when they found him

in his chair, when know one had heard from him, and how he loved the "old cremonas", and know if I dont see

my violin again, maybe Al has it with him!

Al,loved to fish, by wheeling his chair to the dock and

getting to his boat, as he had lost his legs in a plane

crash,flying to Washington, as I recall he worked with the early NASA space program.

Als grandfather is listed in the American Violinmkers

books under Dailey, (dont remember the first name) and

Al had lived his childhood around his grandad and violins in a sharecroppers house.

Ill always remember him as "Big Al" as I often called

him, and how we would smoke a big ceegar as we looked

over finding a nice violin, or catching a big fish.

Ill miss Al forever, as I think he took a part of me with him, "but he also left a part"

I bid farewell to a my friend,

Sincerely,

Mike Powell

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Each Man Has A Name

by Zelda

Each man has a name

given him by God

and given him by his father and mother.

Each man has a name

given him by his stature

and his way of smiling

and given him by his clothes.

Each man has a name

given him by the mountains

and given him by his walls.

Each man has a name

given him by the planets

and given him by his neighbors.

Each man has a name

given him by his sins

and given him by his longing.

Each man has a name

given him by his enemies

and given him by his love.

Each man has a name

given him by his feast days

and given him by his craft.

Each man has a name

given him by the seasons of the year

and given him by his blindness.

Each man has a name

given him by the sea

and given him by his death.

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I haven't been on the board in about a week and almost felt sick when I saw this.

I wasn't lucky enough to have met him personally, but over the last two years of communicating with him here I felt like I knew him, like he was a friend. I know that's how we all feel. I've never been in contact with a person who was so willing to help. When I started violin making I knew that he would be there to give me advise whenever I needed it. I told him that I'd send a picture of the violin I'm working on now when I finished, I think I'll still send it (if I ever finish).

I have deepest sympathy for his widow and family. I know they've lost more than we'll ever know. We've lost a great man, but maybe we've gained something too, all of us who have been helped in anyway by Al gained a friend.

Al sold me the bow that I use, I will forever think of him when I play. Al isn't gone, as long as we remember him and his presence on this board and in this world.

Again, my deepest sympathy to his family.

Ben

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I have been away from this site for a while and was

stunned to find out that AL has passed on. What a kind,

generous, wonderful man he is. The other posts have

summarized many of my thoughts as well as the grief I

am now feeling for this gentleman that I never met, except here. Best wishes to Clo and the folks at

Casa Del Sol during these difficult times. He will be

sorely missed. The world needs more people like Al.

May he rest in peace.

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I am sorry to hear of Al Stancel's death. I met him on this board about a year ago and got to meet him in person this past August--he examined my violin and rehaired my bow. It was a pleasure having known him. I hope the people at Casa Del Sol are okay considering the circumstances--I will try to visit them as soon as I get a chance. Take care,

Victor

: I want to share with all readers on this forum the

: news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa

: del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

: I was saddened to learn of his death, as he was my

: friend and I know that he was always so open and helpful

: to anyone who asked him questions. Al had a big heart

: and his honesty and integrity was never in doubt to

: anyone that dealt with him. We've lost a wonderful

: luthier and he will be greatly missed.

: Marsha Folks - Center, North Dakota

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