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Scott Schmidt
Nov-26-2007, 1:31am
This Thanksgiving I was thankful for my new mando! #After wanting an oval hole instrument for quite some time, I finally ordered one earlier this fall. #The UPS man dropped it off on Wednesday, just in time for lot's of playing in over the weekend! #It's a Weber Bitterroot with a cedar top, one-piece back, and tortoise/white/black binding. #It sounds as good as it looks!

Front

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Back

http://inlinethumb31.webshots.com/31646/2350945310054087064S600x600Q85.jpg

Scott Schmidt
Nov-26-2007, 1:32am
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Scott Schmidt
Nov-26-2007, 1:33am
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Scott Schmidt
Nov-26-2007, 1:34am
Headstock

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Newtdude
Nov-26-2007, 1:40am
Yahoo!!! What a lovely instrument! The black tuning knobs look really cool, too.

delsbrother
Nov-26-2007, 1:45am
Sweet! I like that binding with those colors - the tiny white stripe really sets it off! The back is lurrvly!

ruraltradpunk
Nov-27-2007, 4:45pm
What a beauty, congratulations - damn, I keep seeing these lovely Weber oval holes and now I'm really wanting one!! And delsbrother, your avatar rocks, one of my favourite artists!

Jill

sgarrity
Nov-27-2007, 4:58pm
Mighty fine looking mandolin. I do like the Weber ovals a lot.

Andrew Faltesek
Nov-27-2007, 9:06pm
Very very nice...I'll bet the notes just ring out loud from that oval soundhole.
The Weber instruments are close to my heart. Congrats... 'ya got a real fine mando!

Nick Triesch
Nov-27-2007, 9:16pm
Weber has the best finish on a mandolin I have ever seen. What a great mando!!!! Nick

Andrew Faltesek
Nov-27-2007, 9:32pm
Ya know...they do a great job on their mandos, they treat their people right, it's made in the USA, the sound is awesome, what more could you want? Looks like Scott's search is over!

northfolk
Nov-27-2007, 9:43pm
Congrats on your new Weber; I just got one similar to yours on the Cafe. Mine is the matte finished Buckskin color and does not have the fingerboard extension; very nice and sounds great! I really like the color of yours though? I also like the new Logo and Flowerpot design; mine is the older style. Enjoy; I know I am. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Andrew Faltesek
Nov-27-2007, 10:15pm
'Ya know I was reall happy with my STE until I started spending time looking at all these super fine mandos...the fever, the fever...you all are MAS carriers!

mandomick
Nov-27-2007, 10:22pm
Very cool mando, I know you'll enjoy it! ('cause I've owned 3 of them, that's how I know! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif ) Also, IMO the oval is a better look than the D hole. I no longer own any Weber 8 stringers but do have a sweet sounding prototype squareneck dobro with that same flower pot. Play it and grin!

wannabethile
Nov-28-2007, 11:23pm
yikes!! that thing is gorgeous!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

bassthumper
Nov-29-2007, 12:06am
as she opens up do report your findings....that sir is exactly what i was looking for when i bought my cedar top f-hole....the sound.....my MAS must know!!!!! i'm sure rick & bruce would have no problem convincing the MANDO-ELVES in LOGAN to produce more....but the sound...the tone ...the sustain and projection.....tell me all about it....after seeing your pix how am i supposed to go to sleep and face the time=clock tomorrow?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif??

Scott Schmidt
Nov-29-2007, 11:19pm
Thanks for all of the compliments! #

bassthumper, if you can wait about a week I will record some clips of the Bitterroot. #In words, it has that old Gibson sound to it...dry, woody bottom end and very bell like on the treble side, but very balanced across all the strings too. #I too have a cedar top f-hole (see this thread Big Sky (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=34713;hl=schmidt)) that I love, so I decided to go with the cedar again for the oval hole. #I love the cedar sound! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Slim Pickins
Dec-01-2007, 6:20pm
Is Weber getting away from the Brekke bridge? I see many Webers now with the standard bridge.

Andrew Faltesek
Dec-01-2007, 6:45pm
They offer the Brekke Original(all-wood with the side adjusted wedges), and the Brekke Traditional(metal support under the width of the bridge and thicker posts and thumbwheels), an improved version of the standard bridge.

Shalebot
Dec-01-2007, 10:09pm
Yeah Scott, your Big Sky is almost exactly what my dream mando is. =P

Both are beautiful instruments, though.

bassthumper
Dec-01-2007, 11:06pm
looking forward to hearing the clips.....and the similarities & differences to the cedar f-hole....i figgered when i layed out the coin that the cedar f-hole se it would be the one mando for life.... but that MAS is strong stuff...

ronlane3
Dec-02-2007, 11:05pm
Scott, It looks sweet. Love the ebony buttons.

B. T. Walker
Dec-03-2007, 7:48am
Nice looking mando. Enjoy!