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2007 LoarFest Panel Discussion

LoarFestOn February 1, 2007, LoarFest West was held in Bakersfield, California as part of the SuperGrass bluegrass weekend, sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association.

This year's panel discussion focused on the work of some of the finest modern day luthiers and their experiences studying and then applying Loar principles to their own creations. The panel was moderated by Roger Siminoff.

Panel members included Mike Kemnitzer, John Monteleone, Steven Gilchrist, Lynn Dudenbostel and David Harvey. This 90-minute live discussion represents a true piece of mandolin history.

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Roger Siminoff's 2007 "Lore of the Loar" Presentation

Part of the LoarFest activities for the day included a fascinating presentation by Roger Siminoff on the life of Lloyd Loar. This 90-minute audio/video presentation included a PowerPoint presentation filled with remarkable images and commentary. The audio portion of the presentation is presented here ©2007, Roger H. Siminoff, Arroyo Grande CA, USA.

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2006 LoarFest Panel Discussion

On February 2, 2006, LoarFest West was held in Bakersfield, California as part of the SuperGrass, sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments and Mandolin Cafe.

A 90-minute panel discussion on the legacy of Lloyd Loar was part of the day's activites. Panel participants included Roger Siminoff, Darryl Wolfe, Charlie Derrington (deceased), Dan Beimborn and Bruce Harvie, with panel moderation by Scott Tichenor. The discussion in its entirety is presented here for your enjoyment.

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