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Started playing mando in the 70's in college. Inspired by David Bromberg's stuff until I figured out where this great music originated from. Then I started studying the greats. Got recruited into Billings Gap (Amherst, MA) and we played a ton of gigs in the late 70's and early 80's. It was in the 70's when this mando from an unknown luthier from Long Island was put in my hands. Took the rent money and bought my first F5 and played that on stage for a few years until the band disbanded, got married, had kids, hung the F5 on the wall. A couple of decades later I figured the F5 must have at least doubled in price from $1,100. That is when I figured out who Monteleone was! Monty F5 #4. It has aged so nicely. Flat picked guitar throughout the decades and experimented with blues and slide on Nationals. Played in a blues band for a decade, did some recording, and then picked back up my real love, the mandolin, in 2012. Been playing a few hours every day since. Goal is to get back on stage and back to recording. Over the years I have built a recording studio, had a live sound production company, run a coffee-house, produced about 100 folk shows, and played everything from bluegrass to rock. Just acoustic these days.
Woods Hole, MA
Music, Photography, Travel, Documentary Film Making
Software Architect - owner of a software consulting firm


Gilchrist 5 (2006)
Monteleone F5 (70's)
Kentucky Dawg (80's)
Gibson F5 Goldrush (2014)
Acker F5 (70's)
Martin D35 Brazilian - 1969


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