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  1. Finally Available

    Just a note to let you know Bruce is building parts again. Whew! That move got more and more involved. Involved times, right?

    Some may ask what kind of parts...
    Original Traditional Bridge, pickguards, armrests, harmonic suppressors, truss rod covers...
    Got something weird in mind? Go to our website to check them out, or to get contact info.

    Of course he is continuing repair and customization, as usual.

    Thanks for your patience!!
  2. New Shop Update

    Things are moving along now that itís not winter anymore -for the moment anyway. We should be partially in the new shop in a few weeks, and can begin making parts and Rangers once again- Lord willing and the creek donít rise (a bluegrass title if there ever was one). Things always take longer, especially if it's a 100 year old barn.
    We really appreciate the patience of those waiting for pickguards, Rangers, etc.
    *edited to add, Bruce is accepting all repairs and MAC instruments ...

    Updated Apr-02-2021 at 12:51pm by Mary Weber

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  3. What do Orchards and Mandolins Have in Common?

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    We've named it Sound To Earth Orchard, of course.
  4. Our New Shop

    We are settled in our new place and temporary shop. Bruce is accepting tune ups, repairs, customizations again! We also are accepting MAC Instruments to sell for you (we have two great ones on our website, now).
    The Christmas season isn't usually the time you want to mess with this sort of thing, but I suddenly realized I hadn't posted here yet! If you have any questions or topics don't hesitate to email or give Bruce a call.

    Here's hoping you have a very Merry Christmas ...
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  5. We Are Moving!

    Just a note to let you know the shop is now shutdown until September, when we're set up at our new place. The exception are our used MAC instruments will still be available (have one you won't want to miss coming up soon).
    We'll miss the old school, but it's a bit big for us now, and we retain all of the memories of luthiers, players, vendors, dealers, and mandolins.

    So schedule your Mando's trip to 'The Mando Spa', as several of our players have taken to calling it, in the ...

    Updated Jul-12-2020 at 4:28pm by Mary Weber

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  6. Flatiron Mandolin Revamp

    Here is a nice old Flatiron from a player in NJ who figures heís going to be spending a lot more time with his mando and wanted it to play itís best. He got a plane and re-fret, nut bone nut, new bridge, and as long as it was in the shop, added a scallop and custom inlay. Check out the great engraving job Bill did on the new James Tailpiece!

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  7. Nice!

  8. Another Custom Ranger Travel Mandolin

    Thought I'd post this one. Bruce has been getting several inlay requests lately, not only on Rangers but armrests and truss rod covers.

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  9. Mandolin Bridges

    I just saw this blog post we did- it's been a year (!) but the info is always timely.

    Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesnít sound like it used to.

    I know Iíve posted on this topic a few times before, however recently Bruce has gotten quite a few instruments in for miscellaneous work and noticed almost all had bridge ...
  10. It Has Fused To My Body

    Thanks, Frank!

    So here I am 3 weeks after I have received my own Ranger and I think it has fused to my body. I haven't been able to put it down and I think my wife is suggesting I seek help of sorts. It's absolutely more than I expected and in both sound and build. Thank you Webers. I'm even thinking about using it for some songs at gigs because of it unique sound. I will be taking it around Europe for the whole of July so hopefully I'll be able to send a photo or two of the Ranger ...
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