Luthier Neil Dean from Vermont has asked me to post the following note he's composed to his clients and customers, and to link to it from the Mandolin Cafe home page. Let me be the first to wish him well on a journey of recovery he's been on for some time.
To my friends in the mandolin world.
I feel the need to explain my lack of communication to my clients and for my absence from the general mandolin community.
For the past three or four years I have been battling what turned out to be a quite serious mental illness. Not to divulge too much information but I ended up being admitted to a psychiatric ward of a hospital for a considerable period of time.
Thankfully, through lots of hard work, therapy and proper medication I am pleased to tell you folks that I am back on track. I spent most of the winter building a new shop which is about to start bearing its first fruit. Some of my finest work to date.
I fully realize that I am not unique in my life's trials and tribulations and I am by no means looking for this to be a therapy session on the Cafe. I am merely trying to clear the air and set some things straight.
I'd like to extend the proverbial olive branch to all of my past and present clients and ask that if you feel the need, please call me and we can talk shop. My number is 1-802-585-9646. Leave a message with a good time to call back. Cowtown Vermont has terrible cell reception.
My current plans are to complete the remaining instruments for my loyal and extremely patient clients. Then I will cease taking custom orders all together.
In the future I will be building instruments on spec i.e. F-5s, A-5s, two points and whatever else I feel passionate to build. These future instruments will be brokered through Peter Mix of New Millennium Acoustic Design.
In conclusion, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to all this may concern. And I can't express to folks how good it feels to be back in my shop creating, designing and completing fine mandolins again.
Again this is just a statement I need to make for my self and my clients. I really don't expect a response.
Thanks again gang.