I haven't sent the private eyes into Vermont yet, but I've been trying to get in touch with Neil J Dean to check on the status of an instrument I had on order. His phone was disconnected, and his website was still showing pre-2007 content. Is he still building? Reachable?
I'd be VERY disappointed if he wasn't building anymore. I'm hoping he just went walkabout into the Vermont woods to search out that perfect slab of maple for my instrument. Probably too much to hope for, but you get the idea. I'm more worried about losing the instrument than the deposit at this point, after a year of dreaming about it.
What's up? Is he just in a long mando-building trance? Hanging out with Peter Mix and getting ready to enter into the carbon-fiber revolution? Playing way too many gigs with that fast, cool Vermont crowd?
If any of you Mandolin Cafe lurkers knows what he's up to these days, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.