Joe Vallee, longtime Roberto-Venn instructor and guitar-tech for The Doobie Brothers, came into the room carrying a vintage pickup winding machine. I guess some folks over at our old 16th street location found it stashed in a storage closet. Amazingly enough, it still works… I guess it hasn’t seen any action since 1990, or so.


I snapped a couple of quick photos and posted them on the R-V Facebook page, and our grads from days gone by started to chime in… It was pretty cool to read those comments and watch nostalgia happen in real time. This school means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to most of our grads, it’s a collection of memories that redefined and fostered the younger versions of who we are today.


Here’s a little video about Bob Venn’s vintage pickup winder.


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