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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

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

    Steve Carlson
  2. 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...
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    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...
  4. 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

    . . . with frets . . . lots of fun! :disbelief:
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    Re: Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA

    They are bowed mandolins. :cool:
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    Re: Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA

    ZETA hasn't been involved with Gibson in a long time, maybe 1999 was the last of the Gibson association.
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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: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    :)) . . . anytime.

    Steve
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Thanks for the heads up on this "fatt-dad",

    Good info and deductive reasoning in the reference above.

    This instrument ties out specifically to the Performer Series. If recollection serves, the...
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    Re: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    Yes, I addressed this earlier on the previous thread.

    You're probably not crazy, but it is not possible that it was an '82.

    Probably someone reading the serial number wrong. Could have been a...
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    Re: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    Oh . . . sorry . . . I see I can't read.

    That's good to know.

    Steve
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    Re: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    Good Info . . . very early #15. Would have been in the 3rd batch since 6 were made for the July trade show. And when we started shipping it was 6/week.

    P. is correct.

    I'm sure all signatures...
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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

    OK . . . the earliest evidence I can find is this . . .

    May 21st 1988 . . . A5-G

    Reportedly originally owned by someone associated with the Osborne Brothers. Don't know anything about that.
    ...
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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: The F5G and Steve Carlson

    There are 3 interesting points about the F5-G as discussed above.

    1. "Gibson" had zero (ie "0") involvement on a day to day basis with internal decisions such as giving an employee an instrument....
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    Re: Flatiron F5 Artist details required

    Hi Mary . . . man I love that Tuscany video you have posted. That is just great!

    Actually I believe I have dozens of both the Grisman and McReynolds posters around here somewhere. You can see them...
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    Re: Flatiron F5 Artist details required

    Hi Jimmy. I've done a little further digging and found Flatiron's 1st and only 'official' newsletter . . . 'The Flatiron Press'. The timing of this newsletter, it's coverage of changes, and the carve...
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    Re: Flatiron F5 Artist details required

    To the best of my recollection I do not believe there was ever an F5-2 designation. I could be wrong but don't think so. The early A's . . . prior to the F's going into production . . . were A5-1 and...
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    Re: Steve Carlson

    Hey Tom,

    Long time my friend!

    Yes . . . those were the days. I had occasion a year ago or so, with Ron King visiting in town, where we sat down and listened to that radio show and other old...
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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

    I haven't seen Chuck in years, no . . . decades. The 1986 Flatiron newsletter has fairly complete details of how I first met Chuck at the Colorado Bluegrass Festival . . . summer of 1977, maybe '76....
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