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  1. The Countdown is Over

    ...and the Mandolin Man is back!!

    He's been busy updating the shop, acquiring the best materials and, most importantly, perfecting design. There will be the B2 model line, and the customized (as only you and he can imagine together) "The Bruce" line of mandolin family instruments and arch top guitars.

    Watch the Montana Lutherie website for ongoing updates: price list, design and spec lists, new instruments for sale, and questions answered.

    ...
  2. Cured Unwanted Ringing and Buzzing

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    Ludwick, Mandolinist of A2ZZ Band writes:
    Bruce did an amazing job on my harmonic suppressor! Not only did it cure unwanted ringing and buzzing, but totally added fashion to function by inlaying my signature in Abalone."

    Thanks, Z.Z.!!
  3. Have You Been Putting It Off?

    A Happy Player

    Thank you for the excellent work you did on my Beartooth. It's like a new mandolin: it's easier to play with the new frets and radiused fretboard. I was always happy with this mandolin now I'm even more so. Thanks again! SM

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    Updated Feb-16-2018 at 6:45pm by Mary Weber

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  4. Flatiron 1N Just Keeps Going

    Right now Bruce is reconditioning an 1988 Flatiron 1N and it should give many, more years of playing-Good Bones.

    Radiused the Fingerboard
    Refret
    Radiused Nut and Bridge Saddle
    Fix Seam Seperations on Back
    Cracked Top *not being refinished

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    I will be posting several used MAC Instruments in the Classifieds, and on our website, if you're interested.
  5. Shop Happenings

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas season. Like everyone, we got behind but recently we had visitors, I started working on Rangers, and new wood came in today!
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  6. The Exciting Life of a Luthier

    Waiting for glue to dry:

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    (he's working on a 1984 Flatiron: new tuners, nut, bridge and EVO fretwire)
  7. New Color and Finish

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    These three came in for various things but all also received new color and finish. They're not quite done, but sure are pretty. Good job, Ryan.

    We are re-modeling the shop area as it hasn't been done since 'the big change' and wanted to spruce up as we've been getting visitors and hope to see folks to plan their new instrument (or just visit) next year, too. What a mess! It's going to be great but I cannot believe how much was actually under ...

    Updated Nov-10-2017 at 2:57pm by Mary Weber

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  8. The Special History of a Mandolin Pickguard

    Some of you may remember this story, but it's a good one:

    By Bruce Graybill

    When Bruce Weber built my first custom Weber Mandolin, he had me play for several of his builders using my ‘go to’ Mandolin of that time. He had some special cedar from a tree cut in 1910, that he thought would really work well for voicing the kinds of range and timbre of the classical pieces I was playing. Along with the incredible experience of having woods and building style specifically ...
  9. Join the Club

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    We say on our website: MANDOLIN AUTHORITY Become a member of a group of people who play, work, and live a mandolin inspired life.

    Now I realize right here, at mandolincafe, is the ultimate for that particular group but ours is for those who are also shopping (more accessories to come), contemplating sending in your instrument for a tune up or repair (10% off the accessory or repair service), or MAC Inspection ...
  10. Music Does Make the World a Better Place

    He plays where my Mom was in assisted living and they LOVE it.
    Thanks Steve, and God Bless.

    I am a hospice chaplain in southwest Montana, and I play a Weber mandolin for patients in several facilities and homes. Music works wonders in the hearts of my hospice patients. I am amazed to see a patient diagnosed with dementia open their eyes wider, brighten their countenance, and smile as I play my music. Many times, dementia patients will recall the words to songs and begin singing ...
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