One principal reason being that I was searching for
a different instrument,
one that I would love to play for the rest of my life.
I arrived to London to perform at Ronnie Scott's and while there met
Mr. Gerald Newson who was then with the
London Symphony Orchestra.
He invited me to his home where he had seven instruments in a particular
room. He said to me
"which one do you like?"
There was a Kennedy.
But lying there, by itself,
was this instrument that
had only three strings -
three very old strings.