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  1. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    It got the attention of other builders at the show, and plenty not there as well. Carlson is a big deal, has always been a big deal, and many of the people that worked under him at Flatiron are still...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Learned this morning there is a 6th new Weber model yet to announce that was not at the show. They want to wait for that announcement to be made.
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Below: the first "official" carriers of the new Zeta Mandolin line, Elderly Instruments, although I'm aware of three other major retailers that have said they are definitely in, just in a more...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    From my contact at Eastman just now:

    No plans to make a four or five string version of the El Rey mandolin at this time.

    Getting ready to dive back into the madness here in a bit, see what I...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    There's a bunch of black magic going on with these bridges. I don't want to hand out information I'm not 100% sure on but I was like, "it'll do WHAT?" when I heard. I may be seeing Steve again late...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Someone took some cell phone video of myself and J.P. Cormier, the well know Canadian guitar great trying out the new Zeta models. Wasn't aware he played mandolin. J.P. has chops!
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Never get tired of looking at Eastman's El Rey mandolin. They were taken by surprise by how popular they were so more are in the pipeline. Sharing this one out here before it goes on social media.
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Just a note that cell phone cameras don't always tell the truth. There appear to be some imperfections in the one face shot but those are reflections or something not part of the instrument. Whatever...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    One thing I can share that I can think of is price for the A and that's in the neighborhood of $3K to $3,500 with the difference being what kind of electronics are installed. He gave me an F price...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

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    This is Steve Carlson, the man that founded Flatiron Mandolins, worked for Gibson for 5 years, now owns Zeta Violins and does a ton of CNC programming and manufacturing of parts for a lot of...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My big meeting has yet to materialize, approaching two hours late because the individual I'm meeting with is having trouble getting here. Nothing works fast around here in terms of accessing the...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I thought that was here last year but not 100% sure.
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My daughter took this picture I put on social media a few minutes ago. Kind of a sweet moment I thought. This is long time Saga/Kentucky Mandolin employee Bryan Uhlenbrock on right showing an...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Not doing so much picture taking at the moment. Just met Alex Heflin who came up from LA on the Mandolin Cafe's NAMM pass. Great to meet him so introduced him to the Eastman group and as many of you...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    That is what the face looks like and how nature crafted that particular piece of wood. Some people think Cindy Crawford's beauty mark makes her more attractive. I happen to be one of those. Others...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Eastman Del Rey electric mandolin on display today.

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    From Ryan just now: The Kona is a 20” scale length.
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    Nice closeup of the Weber flowerpot.

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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    No pictures from Eastman booth but we did stop by and take a few toward the end of the day. Have a meeting with them tomorrow at which time we'll get some more pictures. They have a gorgeous El Rey...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    This is Cathy Pelosi and Walter Ellis, Tom's son, of Ellis & Pava Mandolin and Precision Pearl. Great folks, part of a big dinner tomorrow that includes Peghead Nation, Straight Up Strings and the...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Yours truly playing the new semi-gloss lacquer matching Waterloo Mandolin. My daughter is taking some of these pictures so already more of me in them than all of the past NAMM Shows combined. Yes, I...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Longtime Saga/Kentucky Mandolins employee Bryan Uhlenbrock with a visitor to the booth.

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    Nice shot of The Redrocks from Weber.

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    Yours truly with the Weber Exotic Kona "A" Octave with F holes.

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