A couple of weeks ago Rod Sinclair called in on his way from the Lake District back to Newcastle. He played several guitars, including a recent New World model and my original arch-top, built in 1981. He seems to have found a few hedges in the Lakes.

Today Mark Knopfler visited. He played a New World and two Martin Simpson models, eventually choosing one of the MS models. He said he plans to use it at home and for recording, so didn’t want a pickup fitted. And he wouldn’t let me fit strap buttons because he couldn’t bear to have holes drilled in the guitar.