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    road trip . . . safe travels everyone!
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    Got here this afternoon, jammed a bit then went to the Irish Pub for happy hour. Kinda quiet now, gonna rest up tonight for the next few days.

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    It'll pick up tomorrow.

    I'm getting on a plane at just after 7 AM tomorrow. I'll be there by noon. Really looking forward to it.

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    Austin. I'll take the one in the red case.
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    Great times so far. Enjoyed Don Julin's workshop yesterday. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

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    Della Mae played in Spokane last night and are headed over today.

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    I didn't get to go to Don Julin's workshop, but I did get to see his performance with Billy Strings last night. It was easily the best part of my day. They are playing again on Saturday on case you missed them last night.

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    Saw this puppy at Greg Boyd's here at W'grass, and thought I'd pass it on...
    No financial interest, blah blah...

    I figure there's 600 bucks in parts alone, counting the original (handle detached) case...







    Here's the rub...
    One of the worst sunken tops (and that's saying somethin') I've seen on a Gibson A...
    Still intact, though...
    Pop the back, heated beanbags to force the top back into shape, re-brace, viola...
    Big job...







    Thought it might be up somebody's alley...
    Not mine--waaaaay too much on my plate...

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    If anyone sees a sharp dressed man wearing a florida bolo type, post a pic.
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    No, Eddie. But there's someone there wearing a bolo tie I made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    If anyone sees a sharp dressed man wearing a florida bolo type, post a pic.


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    No Eddie I was holding out on you.
    Don sent me a Bolo tie made from the Florida of a mandolin we once owned.
    I went to the funeral of a friend yesterday morning then had drive 150 miles
    and get there by 1:40 to catch Della Mae at Wintergrass.
    In my rush I left the tie behind.
    It was nice meeting you and a few other members there Eddie.

    Don, I did wear the tie to an Amer. Mandolin Quartet concert last weekend and got a lot of feedback.
    I told everyone I chopped it off my May 18th Loar with a hacksaw.
    Thanks again Don.

    Spruce, That is a nice tie. But a Florida? No. I'm thinking California.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spruce View Post
    So, that's where the florida went on Monroe's fingerboard.

    I'll give you a bluechip for it.

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    Del McCoury's 76th birthday party at Wintergrass:


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    Just got back home tonight. What a fabulous festival! Spent the last three days going to workshops, shows, and jamming. It's really too bad us humans have to stop and eat and rest or I would have done it straight thru. I haven't been up that late or thought 10am was early for quite some time now....ha

    Saw and played some wonderful custom mandolins, a $17k octave, and Eastman had all their mandos there. I tried them all and they all sounded great but I really liked the 305, didn't get one as hubby would kill me if I even mention buying another mando so soon after getting my custom Northfield.....I'll have to sneak it in.

    The workshops were great! Del McCoury and his son Ronnie sat down for 2 hours to wow the crowd and answer the required dumb pick and string questions but they handled it well, it was Del's 75th birthday and they played two killer sets. Other bands there were Della Mae, Steel Wheels, Steeldrivers, Sarah Jarosz, Joe Craven, Mr. Sun, Billy Strings and Don Julin and so many others.

    Met some fellow Cafe members and friends from other music camps. The Hyatt was a wonderful host site and all the people, cars, buildings, and concrete in Bellevue reminded me of why we moved out of the Northern Virgnia area.

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    My son, Tai, calling this tune around 1:30am Saturday morning ... thought it might be relevant



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    Good job, Tai.
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    Still jammin' hard at 1:30!!! Tai's my new hero.
    Wintergrass is so much fun. Just walking down the hallways jam after jam going on.
    And you never know who might join in. Some of your Bluegrass hero's standing right
    next to you. And on the other side some young gun like Tai. And not just holding their
    own, but pushing us old guys around [musically speaking]. Gotta love it.

    That's Jason Bowerman playing fiddle next to Tai.
    He builds great Tenor 4,5, and 8 string guitars.
    He built my Tenor when he was in the Breedlove custom guitar shop.
    He showed me his second F5 mandolin he just finished. He isn't selling them.
    But, I checked it out and it's perfect and beautiful in every way.
    So, somewhere down the road we'll probably start seeing some.
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    It was a great time. Gets better every year since I know more of you great folks to jam with. All the bands were great, but my favorite show was "I Draw Slow". Sunday of Wintergrass after the kids show always feels like the day after Christmas; sorry it's over so soon. At least I get to jam with my local bluegrass club tomorrow, and I'll see The Henhouse Prowlers this Friday and Fruition next Saturday.

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    Wow ~ where to begin ... the last week has been a whirlwind of music and driving. I can't say enough good things about the Wintergrass Youth Academy program that they put on. The kids went from 8:30am to 9:00pm with a couple of breaks for food. In the morning and afternoon they did small and large group activities and prepared for their performance Friday evening. They even got to sing Happy Birthday to Del McCoury friday afternoon up on stage! From 6-9pm there was a Youth Jam in one of the rooms that Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons lead. These guys were amazing with the kids and some great friendships were made.

    Friday night we caught Don Julin and Billy Strings up on the 3rd floor and man those guys can play. I also really enjoyed his workshop and was officially my first lesson as a mandolin player after almost 5 1/2 years of playing. After leaving the show around midnight, Jason Bowerman and gang were jamming at the top of the stairs and invited my oldest son, Tai, to join in. That's the jam that the video was posted from earlier. Jason is a great guy and we always enjoy spending time with him. The reddish/brown dred in the jam was Jason's guitar and it sounded awesome. The guitar players were passing it around and drooling on it

    Saturday morning we went looking for a fiddle for Tai but left empty handed. Again, Jason introduced us to a few very knowledgeable people (you never know who you will see at Wintergrass) and helped Tai out trying different fiddles and explaining what to look for and what to avoid when looking for an instrument. He's been renting a fiddle for about 6 months and has gotten a taste of what the nicer ones sound and play like.

    Tristan Scroggins and Ronnie McCoury's workshop were entertaining and they played us a few things, but we didn't touch our mandolins. Tim Connell had us playing in his Gypsy, Jazz & Swing Chords for Mandolin workshop and was a bit too advanced for me. I was understanding what he was saying, but my fingers couldn't move fast enough. Tai on the other hand was eating it up.

    Tai and Ekou (my youngest son - also playing mandolin) asked me if they could post this video on the Mandolin Cafe. After the youth jam on Saturday night, the kids went down to one of the main hallways and opened a case and jammed for another couple of hours. They had been playing 10-12 hours for the past 3 days and just didn't want to stop. As a parent it was amazing to watch the friendships and music grow in them. We'll definitely be back next year

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    This photo shot by old buddy Craig (builds outstanding mandolins, but is not the greatest photographer) Wilson pictures me with the $17K octave Big Sky Girl referred to in her earlier post. Crafted by Mike Kemnitzer, it is I believe one of only two he ever built. It's in amazingly fine condition, sounds terrific, and $17K doesn't seem like a bad deal at all for a giant Nugget.Click image for larger version. 

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    I saw you playing that bad boy Bogle.
    I would have hung around and said hi if I new you were a member.
    I went through that door behind you to see Austin Clark.
    I found Lawrence Smart, Cahalan Morrison and Greg Spatz jamming on
    some of Austin's tasty toys. Nice.
    Greg [a John Reischman Bluejay] and his wife [in the WA. BG Hall of Fame]
    were selling fiddles next to Jason and his guitars. That's probably who Denman
    John spoke to. As it seems to happen in BG they're great people.
    Glad you and the boys had a good time D John.
    Eddie and I were looking for you. I hope he found you. Hope to see you next year.
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    GKWilson is correct, it was Greg Spatz and his wife who were helping us out. I forget her name, (Welsh), but I know it took me 3 tries to pronounce it somewhat similar. She has been doing repairs and restorations for the past 8 years and is now apprenticing with Jonathan Cooper (who's booth it was). She had her first build there and a student Chinese fiddle that she modified and finished. Very nice, but a little out of our price range at this time. Jonathan Cooper's violins started at $15,000 and they were incredible.

    Out of the 3 mandolins that Austin Clark had, the 2 point spoke to me the most. I didn't know that Jason Bowerman had a mandolin with him. From his guitars and an octave I've seen, I would imagine that they would be top shelf. He was the one that recommended us to go to Wintergrass a couple of years ago. We finally made it

    I did bump into and introduce myself to Eddie Friday morning. I was hoping our paths would cross again ... Great playing from Cafe member John in the Don Julin's workshop ... Great people, great music and great memories ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    Out of the 3 mandolins that Austin Clark had, the 2 point spoke to me the most.
    I liked Austin's 2 point a lot as well, probably my fave of his instruments, but he also had a really nice F5 that had just been strung up a week prior to Wintergrass that was going to be a winner for someone for sure.

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