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Steve Sorensen
May-21-2016, 11:01am
Yes, there will be a "scrolled" addition to the Sorensen X series (SXS, FX, and AX).

Here's a first peek at the VX getting started . . .

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Billgrass
May-21-2016, 11:04am
Cool!

Skip Kelley
May-21-2016, 9:17pm
Steve, I can't wait for more pictures! Nice work, brother!

Ron McMillan
May-24-2016, 7:49am
I look forward to seeing more pictures. Keep the updates coming, Steve :)

bradlaird
May-24-2016, 8:24am
I really like how that "corner protector" is joined with a right angle "vee" instead of a flat. Smart.

Mando_Zeek
May-24-2016, 7:04pm
I'm fascinated by the looks of these beautiful instruments that you make Steve, they are truly a work of art. I hope to one day play one and who knows, maybe be an owner. Looking forward to some more photos are you progress!
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AMandolin
May-29-2016, 7:36am
Steve
I love your work.
Keep em' coming
Thanks for sharing.

Barry Wilson
May-29-2016, 7:48pm
Just looked on your site Steve. Man that big dog is gorgeous. Well I like a few tbh hehe. Those 2 point Sprites are also spectacular.

Steve Sorensen
May-31-2016, 1:24am
A quick shot of the VX 3D binding and scroll --

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Steve Sorensen
Jun-03-2016, 9:43am
Headstock preview with 3D binding --

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Clinton Johnson
Jun-03-2016, 11:48am
Wow! Pardon my drool. That is indeed spectacular

Bob Bronow
Jun-03-2016, 1:04pm
Beautiful!!!

Steve Sorensen
Jun-04-2016, 2:21pm
Thanks for the kind comments! Here's the new custom Sorensen/James tailpiece for X series mandolins --

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Bill James was extraordinarily patient and helpful in figuring out how to mill this new design.

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Skip Kelley
Jun-07-2016, 5:28pm
Steve, looking good! That's a nice looking fretboard too!

Steve Sorensen
Jun-15-2016, 10:06am
For you brave souls tagging along with this VX adventure. 'Burst is sealed and varnishing is started --

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sgarrity
Jun-15-2016, 11:34am
That is stunning!!

Skip Kelley
Jun-15-2016, 12:07pm
Steve, that is one fine looking mandolin! Nice work, brother!

Steve Sorensen
Jul-11-2016, 9:41pm
First French Polishing session completed this afternoon.

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Andrew B. Carlson
Jul-12-2016, 10:23am
First French Polishing session completed this afternoon.

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My favorite look of maple right there. One piece curly right?

Steve Sorensen
Jul-12-2016, 10:28am
Andrew,
Yes. The back, sides, and neck are curly hard sugar maple.
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Steve Sorensen
Jul-20-2016, 4:40pm
I think we're just about ready for some hardware --

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CWRoyds
Jul-20-2016, 5:15pm
Wow… That is going to be a pretty mandolin.
I love the way you do the binding.
You details are so unique and cool.
Cant wait to see in up and running. :)

hank
Jul-28-2016, 11:59am
Well Doctor Sorenstien just a few more parts and pieces before it's time to raise the lightening rods. 148385

hank
Jul-28-2016, 12:04pm
Joking aside that's a beautful design and luthiery Steve. Your back plate dropping under the rims guards the tone without one.

Steve Sorensen
Jul-28-2016, 5:34pm
Oh, Henry . . . it's alive! It's Alive ! ! !

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More updates from the laboratory soon!

Steve

Jim Hudson
Jul-28-2016, 5:46pm
Beautiful work, Steve. Always intrigued by your design elements, Bold and yet subtle and classy.

hank
Jul-28-2016, 6:23pm
Steve can you elaborate on your 3D binding mentioned with the headstock photos?

Al Trujillo
Jul-28-2016, 10:08pm
Steve...what is your current wait time on a Sprite?

Steve Sorensen
Jul-30-2016, 1:08am
Just to get the introduction started --

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SPECS --
Sugar maple (one-piece) back, sides, neck.
One-piece Sitka spruce top - amazing silking/perfectly quartered from Alaska Specialty
Oil varnish followed by Shellac+Sandarac French Polish finish
13-7/8" scale. 12" radius. Rounded V neck profile. Two-way truss rod.
1-1/16" Bone Nut. Ebony full-contact bridge.
Figured Ebony fingerboard, peghead, and pickguard. "VX Waves" inlay in black/white MOP
Stainless steel Jescar medium frets.
Waverly silver tuners with MOP buttons.
Black/white/black "3D" binding including built-in armrest.
James/Sorensen "X-Series" tailpiece.

Unbounded thanks to Hans Brentrup for design inspiration.

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Steve Sorensen
Jul-30-2016, 1:12am
Al - Sent you a PM.
Hank - I think the pictures explain the 3D binding - a dynamic part of the architecture of the instrument rather than strips creating two-dimensional borders.

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Skip Kelley
Jul-30-2016, 8:27pm
Steve you just keep amazing all of us! That is one fine work of art! Nice mandolin brother!!!

Billgrass
Jul-31-2016, 12:31am
Beautiful work Steve!!

red7flag
Jul-31-2016, 7:10pm
I am not usually much on movement away from the standard in instruments. Steve, the VX is simply stunning. The 3D binding really works. The change of shape keeping the traditional, but taking it to a limit. Some new styles try things just to be different. The changes you made are simply beautiful. The lines all work together. I am extremely impressed by this fabulous and beautiful design. My hat is off to you. If you could provide a sound bite, total MAS may kick in. Great pictures, BTW.

red7flag
Aug-01-2016, 7:29am
Not knowing there was a second thread with the FX Blade I went to that. I found that the Blade was a bit beyond my comfort level and was wondering why I posted such superlatives (that is not to dis the Blade, just not my taste, great sounding though). Then I found this thread again, looked at the pictures and felt that ahh feeling. Yep, those are the beautiful lines that stunned me. The VX design is far enough away, but not too far away for this old curmudgeon.

William Smith
Aug-01-2016, 7:49am
Thats just evil-sick, In the most wonderful way. Love her!

hank
Aug-01-2016, 8:19am
3D it is Steve! You body binding is really popping, especially at the points and finger rest in the fourth photo. Your full scroll with a binding hook looks like you've captured some dark matter in the vortex of it.

Steve Sorensen
Aug-01-2016, 10:15am
Thank you for the positive notes!

Just to pick up on the progression of the "X-series" of designs, this process started with my desire to work on new designs which hit three marks --

1. Acknowledge the Gibson designs from the past century with a focus on the functional reasons for design choices.
2. Deliver the tonal range, power and focus of the Loar-era mandolins (as they have developed to date and as has been re-captured by many new builders).
3. Honor the artful design work of John Montleone and Hans Brentrup in a manner which continues the progression away from the Victorian aesthetic and towards modern-sleek-sexy.

These are three tall goals with very subjective ranges of response . . . and so I look forward to player feedback with great anticipation.

The SXS started this progression, when, while watching the Transformers movie, I wondered, "Can I capture the modern feel of a hotrod based on the original design as well as was done by the Chevy team with the 'Bumblebee' Camaro?"

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I like the design, but felt that I could move further towards "sleek" by further streamlining the Victorian scrolls and focusing on the function and style-to-achieve-tone underpinnings of the Gibson design.

The result was the FX which introduced the idea of "3D" binding as well as some refinement to the body shape, archings, and depth.

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Later, I wondered if I could do an A-style which would carry forward the design ideas of the FX in a manner which allowed for a less time-intensive build.

The result was the AX --

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Finally, I decided it was time to man-up and use what I had figured out with the previous builds to take on the scroll-ey tradition of the Gibson Victorian design.

The result is the VX.

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I'm hoping that the VX is the closure of this loop for a while. I am looking forward to building more of each, and seeing how they stand up to the real tests of players and time.

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Aug-04-2016, 10:02am
Here are a few more outdoors pictures to give another perspective --

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We'll see if we can get a real picker to work it over here in the next few weeks.

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Ron McMillan
Aug-04-2016, 10:14am
The amount of thought Steve has put into the aesthetic progression is worthy of respect on its own. I love the AX, but the VX is breathtaking.

Paul Statman
Aug-04-2016, 2:23pm
Thanks - Beautiful design and build work, Steve. "FX" must be Batman's mandolin of choice..!
Peace and Love

mando on the side
Aug-04-2016, 5:17pm
I noticed that the tuner posts are offset a bit, making the bass side (G and D) strings longer length? Do you find that it makes the bass notes more responsive and give it more clarity?

Graham McDonald
Aug-04-2016, 7:05pm
As always, Steve, just elegant.

Steve Sorensen
Aug-04-2016, 8:56pm
I noticed that the tuner posts are offset a bit, making the bass side (G and D) strings longer length? Do you find that it makes the bass notes more responsive and give it more clarity?

I don't think so. I tend towards asymmetrical design in most cases. Seems more interesting and dynamic.
Steve

dang
Aug-05-2016, 2:06am
Such great mandolins, respecting tradition and yet pushing boundaries in your own unique way.

I will have to start saving up for a deposit! Do you do 1 3/16 in neck widths?

Skip Kelley
Aug-05-2016, 5:45am
Steve, great pictures of some amazing instruments!

Steve Sorensen
Aug-05-2016, 8:59am
Do you do 1 3/16 in neck widths?

Dang,
I'm a one-man shop and every build is a custom build, so pretty much any customization that you can think of is a possibility.
Steve

lukmanohnz
Aug-05-2016, 8:00pm
These are the most beautiful mandolins I've ever seen.

almeriastrings
Aug-05-2016, 11:56pm
Very nice indeed. Love that sugar maple... great color in the burst, too.

terzinator
Aug-09-2016, 12:38pm
You, sir, are a machine.

In a good way.

sgarrity
Aug-10-2016, 11:22pm
Stunning work as usual! Wish I could have picked a few on this one. Hopefully on the next one!

Demetrius
Aug-11-2016, 9:09pm
Saweeeeeeet!

Steve Sorensen
Aug-23-2016, 1:32am
First little bit of sound --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msAGHQAonxg

Steve

PS - Here is the original FB post (which might have slightly better sound quality) --

https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10207120623194953/

Steve Sorensen
Aug-28-2016, 1:00am
A little Prog-Grass at Alan Bibey's Mandolin Camp --

https://www.facebook.com/oceanlakesFB/videos/10153745839171373/

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Chris Daniels
Aug-28-2016, 8:33am
I've got to say Steve, your pics do a pretty good job of capturing the gorgeous aesthetics of your design but to hear the VX live is something that almost defies description. Sitting in Danny's class the first morning at camp gave us lucky few a good primer but we were not prepared for the boom from the stage that night. Complete balance through the entire tonal range and loud, loud, loud but it was the depth of the bass that dropped our collective jaws. Incredible mandolin.

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Steve Sorensen
Aug-28-2016, 2:03pm
C,

Thanks for the feedback from camp!

Here's a fun shot from the (very colorful) stage --

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Chris Daniels
Aug-28-2016, 2:29pm
Here's a fun shot from the (very colorful) stage --

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Nice. I think Temperance Reel was the tune, but with so much picking over the two days it's tough to recall.

But I'm certain of one thing: The VX, Bibey's Loar, and a magnificent (The) Gilchrist. A collection to be reckoned with.

C.

Steve Sorensen
Aug-29-2016, 12:36am
One more from the road --

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Drew Egerton
Aug-29-2016, 7:55am
Steve,

I was at the camp also and got a chance to play the VX. I was totally blown away! I liked it every bit as much as the Loar I played the day before. Danny was saying he has really really tried to find something he doesn't like about it and hasn't been able to. I have to agree. Just killer sound man!

The attention to detail was also just awesome. I love the way the binding comes to a point but the scroll keeps going around and I really like the smoothed over edge where your right arm goes.

Very awesome mandolin!

Steve Sorensen
Aug-29-2016, 10:05am
Thanks Drew!

Since this was the fist official outing for the VX with the Grascals, after camp yesterday, Danny sent me a note to let me know how the VX did.

Here's the funniest bit from his feedback, "Alan Bibey played it and loved it. His remark was, 'I really like this, and I don't like anything.' :) He said he thought it may be the best new mandolin he's played. That's saying a lot coming from a guy that's played a Loar for 20 years."

So excited to see what comes next in the VX story!

Steve

D. Roberts
Aug-29-2016, 1:47pm
Playing this mandolin is an absolute pleasure, the playability is beyond great, fit and finish are second to none, the look is SO sleek and the sound is incredible!
I will try to post more video and pictures as I am out playing it this season.

terzinator
Sep-01-2016, 1:09pm
Playing this mandolin is an absolute pleasure, the playability is beyond great, fit and finish are second to none, the look is SO sleek and the sound is incredible!
I will try to post more video and pictures as I am out playing it this season.
I am lucky enough to own one of Steve's Sprites (just took delivery june 2016), and I think it's an unbelievable instrument. It is truly a joy to open the case each day, and I am so distracted at work, all I can think about is getting home to play it. I had a Collings MT, which is a good instrument, but there is simply no comparison between that and my Sorensen.

I'm not a pro. Been in a few bands, but I much prefer jamming with friends and at festivals to performing. I do know that this Sprite is the best mandolin I've ever played, but my exposure to the upper echelon, or "canon" of instruments (Gilchrist, Dudenbostel, Nugget, Ellis, etc...) is limited. I've tried a Brentrup or two, LaPlant, a recent Gibson Master Model, even strummed an Ellis A, briefly. But that's about it.

So, Danny, as an experienced, pro player (who's probably played many, many different GREAT mandolins), how do you compare your VX to other instruments that people consider as "GREAT." Aside from Steve's unique designs, what's the difference you sense? Is it tone/voicing? Playability? Fit/finish? Elfin magic?

There was the 37-page "The Search Continues" thread (which I will always remember as the "Demetrius" thread), where the forum member was trying to select a very-high-end mandolin for himself. He was discussing Gilchrist, Wiens, Brentrup, Dudenbostel, Ellis, etc... It just gets me to wondering when Steve's mandolins might get into that discussion. I don't want justification for me owning one, really, because I am passionately in love with my Sprite. I am just curious about a pro player's perspective.

BrianWilliam
Sep-01-2016, 1:35pm
A bit late to the party but, wow! The VX looks fast. Nice work!

D. Roberts
Sep-01-2016, 7:58pm
Hey Chris,

I have been blessed to own many great mandolins. I had a 1922 Loar for about 5 years, I've owned probably 15 Gil's over the years and of course several Gibson mandolins and my favorite new mandolin ever being my 03 Master model Gibson.

Then the Sorensen VX showed up and I have been completely blown away! From the first strum in my living room to playing on stage with The Grascals this thing has been awesome...tone and volume are just unbelievably good, the fit and finish is second to none and the playability is indescribably good. You might say I really like this beast:-)

The look of the mandolin is a bit different but I really like the design - it's like Steve took a traditional F5 put it in a wind tunnel and came up with a sport version F5...the VX!

If you or anyone else happen to be at a Grascals show please come see me and you can check it out.

BrianWilliam
Sep-01-2016, 9:14pm
A decent review ;)

terzinator
Sep-02-2016, 1:11pm
Thanks, Danny!

Custom-ordering an instrument is an intimidating prospect, for many, I'm sure. But for someone like me who isn't a pro, and can't justify it for my "job" (but simply because I love to play), it's surprising I made the leap at all.

But so glad I did.

Guys I respect and admire have played this thing, and they didn't want to hand it back. (It was cool being in front of it, too.)

Funny: I googled to see when you guys were going to be in Minnesota, and I found a video of you singing happy birthday to a friend of mine, Chuck Millar! (Looks like it was a the MBOTMA fest in 2009. I was at the fest, but do I remember these things? I do not.)

Steve Sorensen
Sep-04-2016, 11:37am
A fun shot take by Scott Watson from SamJam 2016 of the happy picker --

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Steve Sorensen
Sep-08-2016, 9:59am
Big Sciota in the hallway -- https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10207252596654207/

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Sep-23-2016, 2:05pm
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Paul Statman
Sep-23-2016, 3:00pm
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O..M..G.. That (for want of a better single word) is stunning, Steve! Kudos.

BrianWilliam
Sep-23-2016, 3:47pm
Want!

Steve Sorensen
Sep-25-2016, 1:15am
They grow up so quickly!

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Steve Sorensen
Sep-27-2016, 12:51am
Just in case you wanted another glimpse of that backside in different light --

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John MacPhee
Sep-27-2016, 3:22am
WOW it looks like an ocean at sunset, simple beautiful, I love it. Thanks Steve Cheers John

Ron McMillan
Sep-27-2016, 3:42am
Just in case you wanted another glimpse of that backside in different light --

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What a tease :)

Steve Sorensen
Oct-08-2016, 12:17pm
The newest VX seemed to draw a lot of attention while we were at IBMA 2016. We had a host of fine pickers drop by for a test-drive and it was getting picked on morning, noon and night --

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It was so delightful to watch these talented folks getting introduced to the new mandolin. But, soon it became apparent that we were witnessing the beginning of something really cool. Even after a late night, Kelsi Harrigill dropped by for more picking time, and then asked to borrow the new VX for an afternoon showcase with Flatt Lonesome. The next day she came back again . . .

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Flatt Lonesome was booked to do the closing show for the amazing line-up at the California Bluegrass Association suite, but Kelsi and her husband Paul agreed to stop by my room for a quick recording of the new VX under quieter circumstances. Here is a quick sample --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnmI7Pm_4Zo

I think we're off to a good start!

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-08-2016, 4:34pm
And this too --

https://www.facebook.com/FlattLonesome/videos/1103106376391793/
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Skip Kelley
Oct-08-2016, 8:10pm
Hey brother Steve, That is a killer sounding mandolin! I wish I could have made it to IBMA! That mandolin has it all! You are making some awesome instruments!!!

Steve Sorensen
Oct-12-2016, 1:54am
Thanks, Skip! Missed getting to hang out this year! So excited to be working with Kelsi as she gets acquainted with her VX!

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-12-2016, 11:38pm
A bit more from Danny on the prototype VX --


https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10207513338332586/

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-17-2016, 11:26am
Some great shots from this past weekend's Bluegrass Underground (PBS Season 6) of Kelsi Harrigill and her new VX with Flatt Lonesome --


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Steve Sorensen
Oct-24-2016, 1:46am
Here is a bit of video from Kelsi's first "test drive" of the VX mandolin at IBMA 2016 --


https://youtu.be/aX6Fc3DV_QM

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-05-2016, 10:23pm
Zack Arnold and ClayBank take a Sorensen VX out for a test-drive at their IBMA 2016 Showcase.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwhZH2JfJvI

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-14-2016, 4:29pm
Some more from Bluegrass Underground -- The Grascals with Danny Roberts --

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And I'm tickled pink to see this ol' Devil picking on Danny's VX before their sets on the Grand Ol Opry --

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Steve Sorensen
Dec-13-2016, 1:54am
Cool to see Danny Roberts featured on Bluegrass Underground's "Mandolin Mondays" (https://www.facebook.com/bluegrassunderground/photos/pb.123477680028.-2207520000.1481611607./10157900218115029/?type=3&theater) with his VX --

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carbonpiou
Dec-14-2016, 12:38pm
What a beautiful work! Really exceptional !
A great bravo from France, Steve !

Steve Sorensen
Dec-17-2016, 1:35pm
Here's a bit of The Grascals' set from the Bluegrass Kinda Christmas Festival --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUD9UBjVcIM

Thanks to Rick Laitico for grabbing this video!

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Steve Sorensen
Dec-19-2016, 4:08pm
Sharing a bit of Joy!


https://m.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10208120196183653/

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Steve Sorensen
Jan-24-2017, 9:13pm
So, when Kelsi Harrigill picked up her VX at IBMA, she asked if it would be possible to get one with block inlays and a shorter fingerboard extension. After playing the instrument for a few months, she decided that she wanted to keep the same instrument . . . which meant we were in for a bit of fingerboard surgery.

I met Kelsi at the Blythe Bluegrass Festival this past weekend, got to enjoy four sets of amazing music from Flatt Lonesome in weather ranging from an icy windy downpour under a fairground awning, to chilly sunshine at the outside stage. When it was time to head out, I nabbed the mandolin and headed back home to the shop to make the swap.

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Here are some pictures of the progression --

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Everything in place - stainless frets
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Frets leveled, recrowned, and polished
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Looks easy, huh?
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Ron McMillan
Jan-25-2017, 4:27am
Whoah, the new fretboard is a thing of great beauty.

Drew Egerton
Jan-25-2017, 9:02am
She's a beauty!
The mandolin isn't bad either. ;)
If it sounds anything like Danny's VX, it's a killer.

Steve Sorensen
Jan-26-2017, 12:32pm
Thanks Drew! Danny A/Bed his and Kelsi's VX mandolins while were at IBMA. Hers was brand new then . . . but we decided that they were essentially twins -- I used the same specs and materials, so that was the goal.

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Steve Sorensen
Feb-11-2017, 12:57am
Kelsi's VX back home and straight to work . . .

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Steve Sorensen
Feb-27-2017, 10:15pm
A couple of videos of The Grascals from this weekend with Danny Roberts on his VX. The mando break on Sally Goodin is just awesome --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGu0q_1LCTY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRL7d9A3Q0Q

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Luna Pick
Feb-27-2017, 11:12pm
Thanks for sharing that clip, incredible version of Sally Goodin. Danny was smoking, and really clean and creative. Congrats on buidling that great sounding mandolin too.

Steve Sorensen
Mar-01-2017, 4:09pm
Thanks, Luna.

It is so delightful to hear where Danny and Kelsi are taking their VXs. Both The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome are working on new albums, and I can't wait to hear what they've cooked-up.

Here's a bit of some of Flatt Lonesome's set. Kelsi does a really cool break at about 1:35 which shows her take-no-prisoners synthesis of Bush and Monroe. She says she, "Doesn't want to sound like a girl."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tz9cnm-Klw

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Steve Sorensen
Mar-08-2017, 11:02am
Great, fast picking by Danny at 1:00 and 2:20 --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOKqj9SIMmQ

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Steve Sorensen
Mar-14-2017, 11:45am
Seems appropriate for the weather in much of the country today --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-uKk-zZo_8

Mando break at about 1:25.

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Steve Sorensen
Mar-26-2017, 4:10pm
Some good shots of Kelsi and her VX from RenoFest this weekend.

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Just starting to see a bit of the "baby bump" in that last shot. Glad to see that young Carter Allen Harrigill is getting to hear so much mandolin in his formative months! ;)

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Steve Sorensen
Apr-12-2017, 1:27am
What a totally awesome honor to get to see Sorensen VX mandolins on the Grand Ole Opry two weeks in a row --

Kelsi Harrigill with Flatt Lonesome on April 1, and Danny Roberts with The Grascals on April 7.

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As a weird Southern California kid obsessed with bluegrass, old country music, and the musicians on the Opry, I would have never imagined this possible. Dang! I am ridiculously proud to be working with such great players.

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hank
Apr-12-2017, 7:03am
Now you've done it Steve. You've VeXed the Opry with your Left Coast Alchemy. Congratulations on making the impossible imagined.

Steve Sorensen
Apr-13-2017, 10:16am
Thanks Hank. I sure do appreciate the positive support you've added all these years.

To top off this amazing run, Danny sat-in on mandolin with Kenny and Amanda Smith on Music City Roots last night!

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The cameraman sure loved doing close-ups of that mandolin . . .

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Here is the link to the Livestream -- https://livestream.com/musiccityroots/live/videos/154024529

Their set starts at about 1:15:00 Some really tasty (and tasteful) picking by Kenny and Danny throughout.

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Steve Sorensen
Apr-24-2017, 2:05pm
Danny and his daughter Jaelee on VX and AX --


https://www.facebook.com/DannyRobertsMusic/videos/1867642583458069/

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fredfrank
Apr-26-2017, 8:46pm
Okey-dokey. I ordered one.

Steve Sorensen
May-30-2017, 2:39pm
Great shot from the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass Festival by Deb Miller --

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hank
May-30-2017, 3:32pm
Your VX as your other series are beautifully designed and executed Steve. They are bested only by your commitment to excellence. O-kee Dough-kee! Ha, sounds like time to have a party Fred! Congratulations!

Steve Sorensen
Jul-07-2017, 1:20am
THIS is the VX recording that I can't wait to hear ! ! !


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arbyzg4vlbw

New CD from The Grascals due on September 1.

Steve

Ron McMillan
Jul-07-2017, 4:13am
If the rest of the album is in that vein (newgrass?), I look forward to it, too.

AlanN
Jul-07-2017, 6:31am
Lovely groove, with perfect instrument and vocal blends going on. The album is due to be released right before IBMA, terrific.

newgrass? sounds more 21st century old-time trad, to me

Steve Sorensen
Jul-13-2017, 6:38pm
As seen at the Grand Ole Opry --

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Steve Sorensen
Jul-15-2017, 2:57pm
Here is a nice bit of Whiskey Before Breakfast with Danny Roberts on the AX and Zack Arnold (ClayBank) on Danny's VX --


https://www.facebook.com/DannyRobertsMusic/videos/1911321272423533/

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Steve Sorensen
Jul-24-2017, 10:02am
Here are Danny Roberts and Kelsi Harrigill backstage at the MACC show this weekend Bluegrass Stompin' on their VXs. Sound isn't great but the licks are amazing!


https://www.facebook.com/DannyRobertsMusic/videos/1916183758603951/

Steve

Gladys S
Jul-29-2017, 12:50pm
If only he was still around to try it. What would he say?

Steve Sorensen
Jul-31-2017, 6:55pm
Well, this is exciting! ! ! September 29 release --

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Steve Sorensen
Aug-08-2017, 10:46am
Here are a couple of videos from the Milan Bluegrass Festival in Michigan this weekend from the sound man, Jimmy Kittle.

The Grascals with Danny Roberts on his Sorensen VX -
https://www.facebook.com/MilanBluegrassFestival/videos/1243488159095281/

Flatt Lonesome with Kelsi Harrigill (eight months pregnant) on her Sorensen VX -
https://www.facebook.com/MilanBluegrassFestival/videos/1242575685853195/

Jimmy said, "I ran the sound for the festival and there were two mandolins that were standout, the Sorensens and a Pava."

Kind of cool when you catch the sound man's ear!

Steve

Ron McMillan
Aug-08-2017, 11:29am
Here are a couple of videos from the Milan Bluegrass Festival in Michigan this weekend from the sound man, Jimmy Kittle.


Jimmy said, "I ran the sound for the festival and there were two mandolins that were standout, the Sorensens and a Pava."


That's wonderful, considering the competition the Sorensens and the Pava would have been up against.

Steve Sorensen
Aug-09-2017, 10:03am
Here's a peek at a current VX build . . . first coat of varnish just applied --

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-02-2017, 12:39pm
Here is a really good video from Zack Arnold (ClayBank) on his new Sorensen VX just about 24 hours after he first started picking on it --

https://www.facebook.com/zack.arnold.10/videos/697269163795472/

Some pictures of the finished instrument --

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Of course, I am more than thrilled that this VX was built for such a fine player. Can't wait to hear the new ClayBank recordings.

Steve

Ron McMillan
Oct-02-2017, 9:55pm
Here is a really good video from Zack Arnold (ClayBank) on his new Sorensen VX just about 24 hours after he first started picking on it
Of course, I am more than thrilled that this VX was built for such a fine player. Can't wait to hear the new ClayBank recordings.

Steve

Lovely sounding instrument, Steve. I never saw a finger rest being put through such a strenuous work-out :)

Steve Sorensen
Oct-03-2017, 12:52am
Some video of Zack Arnold and Danny Roberts wringing out their VXs in Raleigh --


https://www.facebook.com/119645508141091/videos/1237682143004083/


https://www.facebook.com/119645508141091/videos/1237229033049394/

Zack's had been out of the case about 5 minutes total at the time these were recorded.

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Oct-07-2017, 12:40pm
If you were looking for a good long sample of VX mandolins in action, here it is --

In this video, Danny Roberts (The Grascals) and Zack Arnold (ClayBank) spend about 15 minutes picking on a pair of Sorensen VXs in the California Bluegrass Association suite at IBMA 2017.

Zack is playing his brand new VX; Danny's VX is a little over a year old.

They switch instruments at about 5:45, the switch back at about 10:30. Recorded with my Samsung Galaxy7; no sound adjustments. A bit of crowd noise from the room next door in the background.


https://youtu.be/7WII3eFoN0U

I can't tell you how wonderful and helpful it has been to have the wisdom, skill, and instrument experience of a brilliant player/mandolin expert like Danny in the mix. Zack is 17 . . . and already an amazing player and person. Can't wait to hear what comes next from these guys ! ! !

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Oct-09-2017, 1:36am
Zack just posted this bit of video picking with his pal and ClayBank guitarist Jacob Greer --

https://www.facebook.com/zack.arnold.10/videos/700971610091894/

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-21-2017, 11:57am
A birthday present of TONE!


https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10210336841678405/

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-26-2017, 10:47am
Ol' Dangerfield --


https://www.facebook.com/zack.arnold.10/videos/707718086083913/

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-09-2017, 10:57am
A shot of "White Lightnin'" with a fine mandolin break at about 1:40 --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZmqM9GHsPE

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-16-2017, 11:17am
My goal with these instruments is to deliver easy playability, balanced even response across the neck, and tonal complexity.

Here's a bit of "Copinger's Court" from Danny Roberts --


https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10210808864958692/

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Bill McCall
Nov-16-2017, 11:45am
I got to try Don Rigsby’s at a workshop last year and the action was so high he said he was going to lower for the evening show. I could barely play it, but in his hands it is a monster. Very powerful in the hands of a great player. Don’t care for the style, but the sound is awesome and that’s what it’s all about, for me anyway.

Steve Sorensen
Nov-17-2017, 11:24am
Bill,

Don's FX just left my shop after getting a full set-up. Boy it needed the TLC! It has been out on the road for the past two years and needed adjustment across the drive-train . . . from nut to tailpiece. Hope you get a chance to pick on it again in the future.

That FX has a custom 6" to 10" compound radius fingerboard to give the feel more like the radius of a fiddle neck. I told Don when I sent it back, it still is probably my favorite instrument for feel and tone. I had used it for about 6 months before he asked to play it -- it's his baby now, but I sure do miss it.

My guess is that the VX Danny is playing in the attached video is more in line with the traditional taste.




Here's a bit of "Copinger's Court" from Danny Roberts --


https://www.facebook.com/danny.roberts.7568/videos/10210808864958692/

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-21-2017, 6:31am
Here's Zack Arnold (Claybank) doing a little Cattle in the Cane homework on his VX --


https://www.facebook.com/zack.arnold.10/videos/718915624964159/

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Steve Sorensen
Nov-21-2017, 2:21pm
Here's a passel more of videos of Zack Arnold on that VX with Claybank --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZFm7Qr7k5Y


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oD0aetZ-Vs


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQt5BloP-C4

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Steve Sorensen
Dec-29-2017, 9:37am
So proud and delighted that CMT's "Favorite Albums of 2017 (http://www.cmt.com/news/1789663/favorite-17-albums-of-2017/)" list includes TWO new albums featuring Sorensen VX mandolins ! ! !

The Grascals' Before Breakfast with Danny Roberts on his Sorensen VX prototype.

Flatt Lonesome's Silence In These Walls with Kelsi Harrigill on her custom Sorensen VX mandolin.

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What an honor and thrill to have such amazingly talented artists picking on these mandolins!

:mandosmiley: Steve

Steve Sorensen
Feb-01-2018, 12:31pm
Danny Roberts, "Goodbye Liza Jane" --


https://youtu.be/XFdK6_NbgO8

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Steve Sorensen
Feb-27-2018, 2:45am
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hank
Feb-28-2018, 10:03am
Don’t you just love it when our alchemy shines so brightly in the hands of our youth? How many Sorensen’s have sung at the opry now Steve?

Steve Sorensen
Mar-01-2018, 10:36am
Hank,

Thank you for the persistent, positive support since early-on in the Sorensen saga!

I grew up in awe of the WSM/Opry performers, so having instruments on that storied stage is such a thrill!

I think we're at about half a dozen instruments being on the Opry. These days, since The Roys are on day-job hiatus, The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome are the most regular. I never know when Don Rigsby or Jimmy Mattingly will pop in on some project. Amazing how hard these guys work!

It is so cool, almost like watching your kids, as they fly the nest and have lives of their own! As you can tell, I am super proud of how these instruments, particularly the "X-series" mandolins, have worked with such talented artists.

Can't wait to hear the music that comes next!

Steve

PS - Here's the new song from Claybank, The Queen of Carolina --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE2Gtsi7ld4

Steve Sorensen
Mar-10-2018, 11:43am
Danny Roberts and The Grascals - "Old Dangerfield" --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9fMKEc9ELw
Mando break at about 2:20.

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Steve Sorensen
Mar-22-2018, 8:39pm
I just came across this picture. Quite pleased with the 'burst on this wonderful one-piece Sitka top --

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Steve Sorensen
Apr-20-2018, 10:18am
Two years ago, at this time, the first Sorensen VX mandolin was just coming together.

Currently, there are three VX mandolins out in the world. You can find them here ! ! !

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Wow! Wow! Wow!

ClayBank and Zack Arnold -- The Queen of Carolina (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiWPyPzB9hw)
The Grascals and Danny Roberts -- Demons (https://soundcloud.com/grascalsofficial/demons)
Flatt Lonesome and Kelsi Harrigill -- Highway of Pain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI1GYnvjp3k)

I'm proud as peaches, tickled pink, thrilled to death, and on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what comes next for these great artists!

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Apr-24-2018, 8:57pm
A great new video by Ray Cardwell featuring some really nice mandolin work by Danny Roberts on that VX --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHXFXGws3xw

Steve

hank
Apr-25-2018, 8:00am
Thanks Steve. I’ll add that to our summer travel music. Danny’s VX mandolin roadster sure sounds at home on that drive.

Steve Sorensen
Apr-25-2018, 10:29am
Hank,

Me too!

Ray Cardwell's new CD has a really cool newgrass feel and some great musicians --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=57&v=hyGiXORA_Ec

I'm excited to hear the whole thing ! ! !

Steve

Steve Sorensen
May-03-2018, 11:16am
I don't mean to brag . . . Aw, heck yeah I do ! ! !

THIS is where you'll find the first three Sorensen VX mandolins! Wow.

Never imagined that an idea started by Danny Roberts casually saying, "If you ever have a new mando you'd like me to check out, just let me know . . ." would come together like this --

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Wow Wow! Wow ! ! !

Steve:mandosmiley:

PS - Check out Kelsi's mando break at about 3:28 --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTFmOyCTsFg

Steve Sorensen
May-09-2018, 9:28am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoWErRvDkPM&t=0s&list=OLAK5uy_l29enkz51W1n0vZvDopEkcI5_7QroqwCE&index=11

Steve Sorensen
May-09-2018, 9:34am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDAqzijbBpU&t=0s&index=8&list=PLTzEVV8hKKunRXjYMJFQ6aY7vvGWlELUD

Steve Sorensen
May-09-2018, 7:33pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRNRiwATGZg

Steve Sorensen
Jun-26-2018, 12:52am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf7rjife8AE&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
Jul-08-2018, 12:56am
I'm sorry, but this is exciting to me every time I see it --

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That's THE Danny Roberts and THE Grascals on THE Grand Ol' Opry ! ! !

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Jul-20-2018, 10:46am
From D'Addario's "Yurt Sessions" with Ear Trumpet Labs mics -- Flatt Lonesome with Kelsi on her VX.
Terrible video quality since it was streaming live, but good sound.


https://www.facebook.com/daddario/videos/10160888908565722/

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Steve Sorensen
Aug-13-2018, 10:33am
I feel so incredibly lucky that the first VX has helped create a friendship with such an amazing player, artist, mentor --

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEmvqXuILIg

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Papalobo
Aug-13-2018, 8:57pm
beautiful work Sir!

Steve Sorensen
Aug-21-2018, 12:06pm
Zack Arnold picking his VX faster than the speed of light!

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Steve Sorensen
Sep-09-2018, 1:28pm
I am ridiculously excited to have Kelsi Harrigill picking her VX with Flatt Lonesome on this season of Bluegrass Underground --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkSjjsk1ddY

Also noticed Nathan Livers with Michael Cleaveland's Flamekeepers picking his Gary Vessel F5 too! That's some fine California mando-builders representation! ! !

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Sep-12-2018, 10:26am
Some cool recent shots of Danny Roberts with that VX prototype, and The Grascals, in The Caverns for this year's Bluegrass Underground --

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-03-2018, 8:54pm
A cool shot from the Jumbotron at the RedHat Amphitheater, IBMA 2018 --

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Can you name the player?

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-05-2018, 6:59pm
VX Quality Control at the Sorensen Shop shows no mercy --

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Steve Sorensen
Oct-12-2018, 5:29pm
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Steve Sorensen
Oct-18-2018, 3:06am
Headin' towards Papertown.

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Steve Sorensen
Dec-08-2018, 3:33pm
Seasons Cheer!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0xea9x1UZU

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Steve Sorensen
Dec-27-2018, 7:06pm
This --

https://www.facebook.com/134051799969086/videos/359230958201570/ (https://www.facebook.com/134051799969086/videos/359230958201570/)

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Steve Sorensen
Jan-11-2019, 11:22am
Silas Powell picking a bit of "Little Rock Getaway" --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-xzeNgEk9o

Steve

PS -- Silas and The Powell Family's new CD Hard Times is available HERE (https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/silaspowellandthepowellfamilyb).

Steve Sorensen
Jan-14-2019, 1:27am
I love having this guy in the Sorensen family --

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Jesse Kinman
Jan-14-2019, 8:52pm
VX Quality Control at the Sorensen Shop shows no mercy --

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:crying: Steve :cool:

What happened to make it past the point of no return???

Steve Sorensen
Jan-15-2019, 2:30am
Sometimes it is better to make sure the "test" version just a learning experience that leads to a better next build. Can you imagine how awful it would be if bands made us listen to the recordings of all their early rehearsals?

Steve

PS - I have the 3rd draft of Star Wars. It was terrible . . . but had real potential.

Jesse Kinman
Jan-17-2019, 6:55pm
Sometimes it is better to make sure the "test" version just a learning experience that leads to a better next build. Can you imagine how awful it would be if bands made us listen to the recordings of all their early rehearsals?

Steve

PS - I have the 3rd draft of Star Wars. It was terrible . . . but had real potential.

Ah, I gotcha

Steve Sorensen
Jan-18-2019, 3:54pm
Here's Danny Roberts giving a "Mic's Point of View" for his VX while practicing some down-stroke picking on
Evening Prayer Blues.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqwyQSn7d7E&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
Jan-28-2019, 2:20am
Here's a quick Facebook video from Darren Nicholson talking about the custom GHS string set he uses on this Sorensen VX, some background on his cool custom strap, and a bit of Graveyard Blues from the new Balsam Range album, Aeonic.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIv9rD89gE&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
Jan-31-2019, 2:17am
Silas Powell and his VX in a quiet moment before a show in Florida last week --

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Steve Sorensen
Feb-02-2019, 11:48am
A couple of pre-SPBGMA 2019 VX videos --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7XUjbY707k


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOkdU735jgU

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William Smith
Feb-02-2019, 1:39pm
I do believe if I was to get a "Newish" mandolin it would have to be one of these Steve! A Vessel, Duff, and a Monte GA also is up there for newer mandolins. I'm a vintage Gibson nut but these VX's and such, YEAH man, almost too sweet! See mandolin obsession is and can be a serious dangerous thing! They're just is way too many lookers that sound the part as well!

Steve Sorensen
Feb-06-2019, 2:16pm
Darren just sent me this picture from an event playing for 1,000 5th graders --

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The perfect accoutrement for a smart-dressed man!

Steve

Steve Sorensen
Feb-09-2019, 12:53pm
Silas Powell --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIittFYMnAM&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
Feb-16-2019, 12:34pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFPVQbvI8AU&list=RDPFPVQbvI8AU&start_radio

Steve Sorensen
Feb-27-2019, 11:39am
A new custom VX with 3D tortoise binding --

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Skip Kelley
Feb-27-2019, 12:49pm
Steve, that mandolin is some kind of sweet!!! Nice work brother!! And I am digging the tone of your mandolins in those videos!

Steve Sorensen
Mar-11-2019, 11:18am
I've got to admit, seeing one of the very first pictures that I took of Danny Roberts' VX on this month's cover of the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED Instruments Issue (http://www.bluegrassmusic.com/content/2019/feature/steve-sorensen/) was a "Peak cool" experience!

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Skip Kelley
Mar-11-2019, 7:54pm
Steve, congratulations! That is so cool! That’s something you deserve for all your innovative artistry!

Steve Sorensen
Mar-16-2019, 11:56am
Thank you, Skip! I think Danny Roberts' kick-off on the new "Heartbreak Hall of Fame" is a great example of the tone that he is talking about in the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED (http://bluegrassmusic.com/content/2019/feature/steve-sorensen/) article --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb3zAc2imW4

Steve

Donal H
Mar-22-2019, 2:18pm
I've got to admit, seeing one of the very first pictures that I took of Danny Roberts' VX on this month's cover of the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED Instruments Issue (http://www.bluegrassmusic.com/content/2019/feature/steve-sorensen/) was a "Peak cool" experience!

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Steve

That article was a fun read. And those mandolins truly sound as good as they look. I'd love to see one of those VX up close!

Steve Sorensen
Apr-03-2019, 6:46pm
Here's "Up Close" with Zack Arnold --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUiOjS-7jA&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
May-09-2019, 1:15am
Here's a nice gospel medley from Silas Powell recorded by his Mom during an outdoor photo shoot --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VROySTXkaPw&feature=youtu.be

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Steve Sorensen
May-20-2019, 1:34am
So dang proud that Silas Powell decided to save-up his hard-earned gig earnings over the course of more than a year to become a Sorensen VX mandolin player and Endorsing Artist! To put it mildly, he is an extraordinarily focused, dedicated, and persistent excellent young picker!

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PS -- The Powell Family Band's "Hard Times" CD is a great showcase for his taste and skill (and the excellent support and mentoring from his Father, Grandfather, Mom, and Mike Compton too).

Steve

John Bertotti
May-20-2019, 6:35am
A new custom VX with 3D tortoise binding --

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I love the Celtic cross!