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  1. Re: Article: ZETA Announces Launch of the "Stage" Model Mandolin

    Thanks Mike . . . the ZETA 'Stage' retrofit pickup will be available shortly to order from any of our ZETA Mandolin dealers. Dealers currently have no information as I am working on the final...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Yes . . . the ZETA 'Stage' retrofit pickup is available to order from any of our ZETA Mandolin dealers. The bridge feet need to be fit to your mandolin . . . just like any other retrofit bridge...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Hey Bill . . . good question. The new 'Stage' mandolin is a fully acoustic mando built entirely in our shop and is available as acoustic only. It is also available as an A/E (acoustic/electric)...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Thanks for your announcement Scott and it was very nice getting the chance to visit with you at NAMM and the Ranch. I'm happy to report that I've updated our ZETA website with pertinent info...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Monteleone's relationship at that time was with Mandolin Brothers, NY.

    Steve Carlson
  6. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Yes . . . sorry for that (unclear) oversight on my part . . . 'that F-style 'inspirational' mandolin I purchased from George Gruhn was definitely not a Gibson, but rather an extremely fine example of...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Thanks Bernie. Aside from the 'let-down' of the moment (ie, 1st encounter with Henry on the NAMM show floor January 1986) and subsequent frustration . . . there are odd vivid memories that provide a...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Flatiron: setting the record straight and a bit of context:

    I primarily agree with the prior posts here which emphasize the untenable act of forging the 'Gibson' name and passing off forgeries and...
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Here's a little more info on the subject of Flatiron Mandolins startup and early days.

    https://zetaviolins.com/steve-carlson

    Best,
    Steve Carlson
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    Re: Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA

    I believe that was a branded import. I have found a use for these.127423
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    Re: Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA

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    Thanks Scott for the interview and your time spent. Here is a couple more interesting pics of the ZETA CNC we made . . . and a photo of the 1st 12 Montana ZETA Violins.
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    Re: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    After a little further thought:

    One further clue to this is the Osborne Brothers connection. 'IF' this instrument flowed through the Osborne band as stated, then the most likely way it got to the...
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    Re: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    That is probably correct.

    Time table:

    March '87 thru July (Gibson mandolin focus)
    Summer '87 thru October (Gibson banjo focus)
    October '87 thru March '88 (Gibson A-style development)
    Winter...
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    Re: Steve Carlson

    Sorry for the delay f-d,

    The answer to your question and every similar question is this . . . 'it is found in the doing'. I'll try to clarify. When you are doing something . . . say traveling down...
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    Re: Steve Carlson

    OK, not sure what you want/hope to see in your 'mandolin maker'. So I oblige with a potpourri of the many faces . . . and you get to choose. :)

    80794 Flatiron 2MW I gave to my father. My niece...
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    Re: Steve Carlson

    I left Gibson at the end of 1993. Hope that helps.

    Steve Carlson
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