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    Bruce made some beautiful mandolins under the Weber name. I had an early 2000's Bitterroot, spruce top and mahogany back and it was a beautiful mandolin with a lovely sound but so quiet which I was putting down to the mahogany back. I used to have to really attack it to hear myself at a session. I loved it for playing at home but I moved it on a few years back. Last year I got a 2005 Weber Bridger with cedar top and maple back and sides, and it covers all bases, rings out lovely when played gently and real loud when needed, delighted with it. Both mandolins had satin finishes which I love.

    Course I think theyre worth it alone just for the smell when you open the case! Heaven!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spud3 View Post
    I recently stepped up from my first mandolin (an MD315 that I really liked) to a mint 2000 Weber Bitterroot F. Spruce top, mahogany sides and back. It's wonderful...

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    Mine is a '99 with a cast tailpiece. I tried to sell it once, unsuccessfully I'm glad to say! While the mahogany-back don't show up for sale as often as maple-back, they are usually considerably lower priced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darylcrisp View Post
    our family owned a 2003 spruce top/ mahogany backed F Weber Gallatin custom(tortoise binding on top and a nice peghead inlay) and it was a very easy to play, very nice sweet toned instrument. Anyone who played it loved it.

    I've only played 2 Bend Webers, but both were stellar in all areas(tone, ease of playability, build quality)-in fact, I own one of the two.

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    Bump! That is a gorgeous Weber, Daryl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    Iíve played a Weber Gallatin from I think 2015 or 2016 that was a very good mandolin and own a mandocello built in late 2016 thatís an absolute beast. Extremely well built, fit and finish are perfect, and itís an excellent balance of low end growl/thump and high end clarity. I absolutely love the thing, just wish I had Mike Marshall sized hands so I could really do it justice, lol.

    With Bruce being very hands on until the last couple of years (and now heís back!) I donít think thereís been a down period like the early Ď70s was for Gibson. And, based on my admittedly limited experience (and Trevor Moyle of TAMCOís opinion stated here on the Cafe), there doesnít appear to be a drop off in quality since the move to Bend.
    Chuck, Are you saying that Bruce is back building mandolins, or...? It sounds like he is back with his old company, but I doubt you meant it that way. I wondered how this impacts my interest in a Bend, Oregon made Bitterroot F5. Would you clarify? Thanks much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    Chuck, Are you saying that Bruce is back building mandolins, or...? It sounds like he is back with his old company, but I doubt you meant it that way. I wondered how this impacts my interest in a Bend, Oregon made Bitterroot F5. Would you clarify? Thanks much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    Chuck, Are you saying that Bruce is back building mandolins, or...? It sounds like he is back with his old company, but I doubt you meant it that way. I wondered how this impacts my interest in a Bend, Oregon made Bitterroot F5. Would you clarify? Thanks much!
    Bruce is indeed building again at the Logan shop. I have a two point on order and hope to get it sometime this Summer.
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    Great George! I can't wait to hear how you like it. Montana Lutherie. Oh, thanks Pat!

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    My Weber Absaroka signed by Bruce still fits my needs.
    My Flatiron F5 Artist signed by Bruce that I sold back in the day still haunts me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    Chuck, Are you saying that Bruce is back building mandolins, or...? It sounds like he is back with his old company, but I doubt you meant it that way. I wondered how this impacts my interest in a Bend, Oregon made Bitterroot F5. Would you clarify? Thanks much!
    They beat me to it...back in Montana and building again. I just meant that, because he was constantly very involved in Flatiron (pre-Gibson) and Weber until he parted ways with TOH, there’s never been a sustained period of time where quality was sub-par. I actually anticipated that TOH would eventually “corporate away” the quality, but they seem to have acquired Weber to be their mandolin flagship rather than to eliminate competition, which pleases me. I absolutely love my ‘cello. I wish they hadn’t eliminated some of the no frills/lower cost instruments that Weber used to offer, but I guess that’s what they have Breedlove for. I’m to a point where I’m slowly replacing budget instruments with fewer but better (and more expensive) mandolins, but it wasn’t long ago for me when $1500 was a fortune, and I appreciated having quality USA made offerings at that price point.

    Anyway, I don’t think any of this should impact your interest in a Bend made Bitterroot at all unless you want a mandolin signed by Bruce. Check out Bruce’s site, and if you’re willing to wait for a new build by the man himself, by all means, do so! If the pull of MAS is too strong, however, I believe you can buy the Bitterrot with confidence in its quality.
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    Looks like Fretted Frog has taken down the 25% off offering. I wonder if that one is BW signed. It seems to me it was on there site back when I bought my Renegade & it is signed by Bruce. Did anyone check it out?

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    Chuck, Thank you for your recommendation and for good reason: you have had a very positive experience with your 'cello. I am glad to hear your thoughts. And, THart, I didn't get up there to Pasadena, but I thought I was looking at a new instrument? Maybe I missed the used Bitterroot you were speaking of. Thanks for noticing it!

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    I have a Bighorn ("F") from 2007 signed by Bruce. Wonderful instrument, can't say enough about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    Chuck, Thank you for your recommendation and for good reason: you have had a very positive experience with your 'cello. I am glad to hear your thoughts. And, THart, I didn't get up there to Pasadena, but I thought I was looking at a new instrument? Maybe I missed the used Bitterroot you were speaking of. Thanks for noticing it!
    The one at the Fretted Frog is listed as new, just old stock. Good luck with your search!

    *I think I thought I was posting in the other thread where you were looking for a mandolin

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    Thanks friend! John, is that avatar your bighorn? Love that, man.

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    new question. how does Bruce sign his name now that he sold the rights to his last name Weber.

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    Default Re: Weber, the best years.

    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    Thanks friend! John, is that avatar your bighorn? Love that, man.
    No, that's my Phoenix Neoclassical in my avatar.

    The Bighorn is incredibly beautiful as well. Hard to choose which one should be the avatar!!

    This is the back of the Bighorn -

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolin tony View Post
    new question. how does Bruce sign his name now that he sold the rights to his last name Weber.
    He only sold the rights to the name on the peghead, not his own name.
    2010 Weber Yellowstone

    I maybe wrong, but it is highly doubtful.

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    what's the point in buying a new Weber mandolin, when its not what I would call a real Weber. that would be like Deering or Sullivan banjo selling there last name. just think Bill Sullivan would be turning over in his grave if his sons sold the rights to use his last name on a banjo. an please do not get nasty this is just the way I feel.

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    The point would be if the new Weber sounded and played better than anything else in the store.

    I've played a few new Webers, and they sounded vey good. People that have bought them seem to like them.

    Building a company and selling it to enable you to do what you want on your own terms sent a bad thing. That the brand is your name is something for you alone to decide. I agree it is a trade off.
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    Would I be correct in saying that Bruce should be very proud of building a fine team that is able carry on building a mandolin that he is proud of (with “Weber” on the headstock)? If so, I hope that TOH makes money with the Weber name and lets that team continue the Weber tradition.

    And, as an owner of a pre-TOH Weber, I am eager to see and hear the latest fruits of Bruce’s mandolin efforts.
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