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    That's something to be proud of!!!

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    What a year ! ! !

    I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to congratulate the awesome Sorensen mandolin Players who are 2017 IBMA Awards Second Ballot nominees for the "Mandolin Player of the Year" Award --

    > Don Rigsby - Flashback/Band of Ruhks (Sorensen FX mandolin)
    > Danny Roberts - The Grascals (Sorensen VX mandolin)
    > Kelsi Harrigill - Flatt Lonesome (Sorensen VX mandolin)
    > Darren Nicholson - Balsam Range (Big Dog Octave mandolin)

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    Congratulations, Steve!!!

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    Thank you so much for the kind words, Shaun and Skip! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the feedback.

    The challenge of creating new instruments which can keep up with such tremendous, talented players has really helped push my growth curve in delivering voice, power, and range of response.

    So cool to see that the long nights of pouring over recordings and specs for great mandolins ranging from Loar-era (and Derrington/Roberts era) Gibsons to the great current builders like Ellis, Nugget, and Gil (to name just a few) is coming together for what these players need in the new designs that I am building.

    It has been a nerve-wracking thing wandering away from the "Lloyd Loar safe zone", so it is really exciting to see a bluegrass super-star like Don Rigsby get "Instrumental Recording", "Emerging Artist", and "Mandolin Player" nominations while picking on a new design like the Sorensen FX! And to have a mandolin building legend like Danny Roberts picking on a Sorensen VX, which he says he likes because it is "beautiful and different, but not too different," is out of this world.

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    I am working with a bunch of incredibly talented young players right now . . . and I am so excited to see where this mandolin journey will go as they push their instruments into uncharted new territory!

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    Hey Steve,

    It's been a year since you put up video clips from Grass Valley 2016, so I bet I'm not alone in hoping you have some fresh ones from this year. (I fully expect to hear from YouTube, asking me to stop playing this one because I'm in danger of wearing it out).


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    Ron,
    I've got some videos to edit together of young hot-shots at Grass Valley.

    In the meantime, here are Don Rigsby and the men of Band of Ruhks delivering that great old LRB classic "Mary Ann" last week --



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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenS View Post
    Ron,
    I've got some videos to edit together of young hot-shots at Grass Valley.
    Steve
    Now you're talking. I'm looking forward to those

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    I got a good look recently at a new Sorensen custom build for an old hot-shot bluegrasser friend in NC. Very impressive instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    Hey Steve,

    It's been a year since you put up video clips from Grass Valley 2016, so I bet I'm not alone in hoping you have some fresh ones from this year. (I fully expect to hear from YouTube, asking me to stop playing this one because I'm in danger of wearing it out).
    Yeah, this is a favorite of mine also. Those Sprites sound great!
    "Those who know don't have the words to tell, and the ones with the words don't know so well." - Bruce Cockburn

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    Having a bit of difficulty downloading videos from my phone.

    In the meantime, here are some FB links for videos from my little booth at Grass Valley with Josh Gooding and Jesse Personeni from The BlueJs --

    https://www.facebook.com/11964550814...7646314341000/

    https://www.facebook.com/11964550814...8215524284079/

    And here are a couple of videos of an all-star jam at Bean Blossom with Danny Roberts on mandolin --

    https://www.facebook.com/mike.krantz...5464519816197/

    https://www.facebook.com/rlcart90/vi...0843486140827/

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    Here is a YouTube compilation of the Danny Roberts at an all-star late night jam at Bean Blossom this year. I am really pleased with how the tone, balance, and power of his Sorensen VX mandolin holds up under these harsh real-world conditions!



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    Here is a quick YouTube download of some of the picking by Josh and Jesse at the Sorensen Grass Valley booth. This was in the very noisy Luthiers Pavilion, but well worth the listen --



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