Meeting Jim and his family at CAAS has been a highlight of my year for 10 years or so, since I first met him through Larry Kuhns and our shared love of guitar music. He was kind and generous, modest, with a lovely sense of humour, always asking, with a twinkle in his eye "why do you speak the language like you hate it?", despite his familiarity with UK accents from his service days in Scotland. Not only did he fight to get to CAAS again this year, but also took on the challenge of the 9-string guitar - see photo. Too soon, my friend, you are very much missed.