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    Played a meh Loar there...and a Monteleone that made me weep it was so good. Still have the t-shirt....
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    Andy was bonding with a new Aleyas when I caught his show at the synagogue in mid September, 2019 (I did not take this picture). He was pretty smitten with it and it sounded great, of course. Pretty much any mandolin he's playing is going to sound good. He's been moving around on a variety of mandolins for awhile. Might have something by now. May be awhile before we find out at the rate the world is unfolding at the moment.

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    I was in the store once when Ricky Skaggs came in to buy a Loar.
    Another time this guy walks in with 2 instruments cases. Upon Stan opening them, was a prewar Gibson banjo and and Martin K5 Uke. The guy just bought a house on Staten Island and in the attic were 5 of the same banjo and 4 of the same Uke. (or visa versa). I guess that took care of his down payment.

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    Noting the anniversary of this bit of news shared back in 2014. One of several times the Cafe has been quoted by the New York Times as a source of breaking news, all of them I believe by Bradley Klein who wrote this article.

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    Stan & Hap's original Mandolin Bros. incarnation on Bay Street on Staten Island was amazing. In the earliest days it was all vintage... no electrics, no gear and I don't recall any new instruments until later on. It was all pure vintage... with many of the offerings being pristine.

    Oh I'd like to be 19 again and know what I know now...

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    I didn't get there that early but I was there when every instrument type had it's own little bedroom. I picked up a banjo and strummed it and was amazed at how live it was. I soon realized that every banjo on the walls, and they were covered, was resonating back at me. I bought two mandolins, two banjos, and my primary stage guitar from Stan. I still have the guitar and one mandolin. It was a true joy to give him money.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Never got the chance to visit in person, but I certainly enjoyed reading Stan's fantastic instrument descriptions. I'm sure meeting the man would have been as special as being able to browse his very special store.

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    Spot on. Both were incredible, a very generous man and great mandolins.
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    When I was a kid (11 or 12) my uncle used to get their mail catalogues - early 80s I loved visiting my uncle's place and pouring over them.

    When the time came I to buy my first real guitar, in my last year of highschool, I phoned Mandolin Bros up (long-distance from New Zealand) and ordered a brand new Ovation Custom Legend to be sent to my Dad who was in Canada on business at the time.

    I'll still think of Stan, the shop and all those old catalogues when I play that old Ovation, or listen to side two of Hejira (which I do very, very often).

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