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Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:04pm
Do not adjust your monitor...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:06pm
New from the crazy genius of Pete Langdell, Rigel's new I-100.
And you saw it here first!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:10pm
A closer look at the I-110 headstock. Where else would you find such 21st Century innovation?!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:11pm
Michael Kelley Octave!!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:13pm
Will Kimble, Roland White, Peter Mix...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:14pm
Yes, they will exist! Dunlop Ultex "Tri" picks...
AND in 1.14 gg!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:15pm
Fender introduces Zouk & Octave...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:16pm
Labeda Booth...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:18pm
Gibson Booth.
(Please, no comments about the legs...)
Yes, it is an Alan Bibey mando.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 5:19pm
Of course, MY favorite booth at the show...

Jul-25-2004, 6:46pm
I love that blue Rigel "A"!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-25-2004, 7:14pm

was peter playing a "pink" mandolin? and scott too?

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 7:34pm
Oh heavens, no!...
More of a Salmon, or perhaps a Peach Bisque. Depending on the lighting, it can be a Blanched Almond, or dare I say, a Mousseline Citron...
No. Not pink.

Jul-25-2004, 7:47pm
What the #$%& .......

Makes me wish for seafoam green again........GAK!

The I-100............uh.....ok # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Jul-25-2004, 7:51pm
#I-110, face/slot Tuner mix reminding one of Rickenbacker 12 strings.

Could a 5 course 10 string be in the works? 2-4 0n a plate, and a couple singles on the otherside.


Jul-25-2004, 8:03pm
ted, what model was the "salmon-peachy"?

Jul-25-2004, 9:29pm
that one with the flames is to cool. WOW I think I finaly found a Rigel I could love. But am I cool enough to play it? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2004, 9:30pm
Sorry, didn't mean to avoid your question. This was the infamous "Jethrine."
Gorgeous tortise shell binding, abalone inlay, and really the pictures DON'T do it justice. It is a treat visually, and sounds every bit as good as it looks.
That one was a hard one to put down.

Jul-26-2004, 1:24am
Great pictures Ted! Thanks!!

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:02pm
Drum roll... my postcards, in no particular order and for no rhyme or reason. What I did on my summer vacation at NAMM. First up, this new F mandolin from repair pro Sim Daley was in the possession of Butch Baldassari. We hung out almost every day at NAMM and Sunday he brought this by and we played various mandolins in our possession. If Sim makes every one like this my response is: watch out. Dead on. Great box. I'd own this if I could.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:06pm
Saturday at NAMM: L-R, the builder of a future mandolin for me is Will Kimble with bluegrass legend Roland White and Peter Mix of Rigel. Got to play a few tunes with Roland. He's a national treasure!

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:08pm
The "Dude", Lynn Dudenbostel on the left with Peter Mix of Rigel. First time I've had the pleasure of meeting Lynn. Now you'd never guess what we're up to. I'm not telling, Lynn, and you'd better not either!

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:13pm
This is Jim Curley of the Shawnee, KS music store Mountain Music Shoppe (http://www.mountainmusicshoppe.com/). I've know Jim for some time now and he runs a great acoustic music store. So what's he doing here? Jim has what I'd believe to be the only Weber Mandolin tattoo in the world. Bravo, Jim. Lots of tattoos in lots of... ahem, interesting places at the NAMM show. Jim's has some mojo.

mad dawg
Jul-27-2004, 9:16pm
That I-100 is crazy-cool! How does it sound?

Makes me wish for seafoam green again........GAK!
Hey, I always dug that seafoam green, but I guess it did sort of look like it could be an accessory for an Italian motor scooter.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:18pm
Always present at NAMM, the boys from Collings. Center, the new MF5 Deluxe V. Tongue oil varnish, etched tailpiece (not on this prototype), fancier headstock inlay, extra purfling, waverly tuners. Yowza. Beastly box. Not yet available on their web site. This one was going to the folks at Cotten Music (http://www.cottenmusic.com/). I visited Cotten Thursday before the show. Great music store and Darcy and Kim and wonderful folks.

Jul-27-2004, 9:19pm
jim/mad dawg,

pink, (sorry ted, it's pink) is the new "in" color), but it is a choice between "jethrine" and ordering a brentrup 23L. well, i'm a real fan of the beverly hillbillies, but i'll have to buy pink shoes instead and send my cash to hans.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:21pm
Stopped by for a visit at Morgan Monroe. Interesting new model is the MMS Marble F.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:23pm
Front shot of the same:

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:25pm
Another shot of the above. Guy Petty, the main mover and shaker at MM sent me this in an email today.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:29pm
Dropped in unannounced at the Gibson Opry showcase. Wow, what a joint this is! Great concert hall, retail store and luthier setup in one spot. Way bigger than I anticipated. Lots of instruments. A real must if you're in Nashville. This is the entry from the parking lot and although most of you have probably seen it before, you need to see it in person to really appreciate it. Very cool.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:31pm
Everything at the Gibson retail outlet is... huge. Poor photo on my part but you get the idea.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:36pm
Another one of the big Gibson mandolins. That's my lunch partner Big Joe who got caught in the act walking in front of my camera. Sorry, Joe. My sorry, balding head is on this thread and many others so it's only right you make an appearance. No one is safe on this site! You were warned. BTW, Joe is a great guy and a certified died-in-the-wool, completely out of control mandolin nut.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:40pm
This is Billy Ray Lilly, the man that does the finish work at Gibson. Check out the Mandolin Cafe cup in the lower left hand corner. We didn't set that one up. That's what holds his coffee on a daily basis. I'm sending the crew there a dozen so everyone can have one.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:42pm
Billy again. He likes to ham it up for the photos.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:43pm
Some beauties hanging out at the Gibson finish booth.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-27-2004, 9:51pm
Well, that's only the first roll of pix. There's another one but it's late so I'll add more in the near future. Still some great surprises! Wait 'til you see. NAMM is a real blast. There's nothing like it. Part circus, part business, a little bit of mandolin heaven, lots of star quality stuff going on. Great music on the floor. Overload. Wonderful.

Jul-27-2004, 10:15pm
Well, except for the Gibsons in the posts, it looks like a few mandolin builders are going for the "It doesn't necessarily have to LOOK good to SOUND good" approach....talk about some yeuuuck styles, colors and finishes! phew! (or should I say p-u?)

Jul-27-2004, 11:04pm
Thanks for sending up the pics Ted and Scott! Looks like Jim Curley is getting around! I just bought a Mandolin from him a few weeks ago. The shot of the Gibsons hanging in the finish booth and the Collings lineup were sweet.

So now we can connect a face with Big Joe http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-28-2004, 3:59am
We want more, we want more, we want more!!


Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:42am
One of the cooler new products at the show IMO. The Michael Kelly Octave priced around $1,500 retail. A real beast. Being held here by Tracy Hoeft, creator of the line.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:44am
One of the biggest surprises: the new Octave Mandolin from Santa Cruz. Wow.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:45am
Couldn't resist one more shot of the Rigel Jethrine being displayed by Karen Cannon of Art Strings Publishing (http://www.artstringspublishing.com/).

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:46am
The Eastman folks had some of the retailers buzzing, particulary Elderly. Believe you'll be seeing a lot more from these folks on the retail sites.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:47am
My lone Breedlove booth shot. Not a good one but represented nevertheless.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:49am
Czech Republic builder Jiri Lebeda and one of his creations.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:50am
Gibson at the show. A row of mandolins to behold.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:50am
A Gibson Doyle Lawson Model.

Scott Tichenor
Jul-28-2004, 5:53am
A Rigel trio. BTW, the "flame" was a hard driving and great sounding mandolin. You might not think so to look at it. I played it for probably an hour total. It was sold by Saturday afternoon.

Professor PT
Jul-28-2004, 5:18pm
Is this a special project in conjunction with the folks over at Hot Wheels? My son has a car that looks very similar!

Scotti Adams
Jul-28-2004, 6:11pm
..hey..lookin at those Gibson mandos'....can anybody tell me if those tuners are the new Grovers that are out..is it me or do they look like they stick way out on either side of the peghead...almost like the shaft is much too long....

Jul-29-2004, 10:08am
Thanks for the tour, Scott -- it is great for those of us who hate to fly... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Aug-01-2004, 9:39pm
Looks like that 'Flame' mando is bordering copyright-infringement issues with Kyswede's original design mando-- of course Kyswede's has better looking 'sound portals' (I guess I can't call them F-holes since they're not shaped that way!)

Albert Whiting
Aug-01-2004, 9:43pm
at the lebeda booth