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Ever wonder why some images uploaded to the web appear sideways, clearly not as intended? That picture of the instrument you wanted to sell, you were so proud of the photo and it looked great and suddenly it's on the Classifieds or the Forum, or on Facebook or elsewhere and... "wait, that's not right! That's not the way my picture is supposed to look! Who rotated it?"
Example from our Classifieds:
Here's the problem:
No harm done in wondering how things could be improved in our little corner of the stringed instrument world. Here are three scenarios we'd like to see.
1) An abbreviated mandolin line from the C.F. Martin company.
No, it's not an April Fool's subject. Isn't it time for another U.S. based company to step up and be great, and what better choice than the legendary Martin? No need to engage in model sprawl (hint, hint, your guitars, Martin). Gibson? Sadly, limited to
OK, so The Onion probably won't be hiring us, but that doesn't mean we didn't have some fun. Some of the ideas we had that didn't make the final cut, left here for inspiration for 2014. So many ideas, only one April 1.
North Korea/U.S. tension subsides after Dennis Rodman delivers Deering Good Times 5-String banjo and copy of Mel Bay's Getting into Bluegrass Banjo to Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. If ever there were two oddballs begging to be Photoshopped together with a banjo...
January - No surprise here as industry sales analysts announced that digital sales topped physical sales of music for the first time in history.
Matt Flinner Trio released Winter Harvest on Compass Records. Matt is someone always working but not always on the press radar. One of the really important jobs he performed in 2012 we'd like to highlight was his work as a proof-reader for Don Julin's blockbuster Mandolin For Dummiess.