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    Hey brother Steve, That is a killer sounding mandolin! I wish I could have made it to IBMA! That mandolin has it all! You are making some awesome instruments!!!

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    Thanks, Skip! Missed getting to hang out this year! So excited to be working with Kelsi as she gets acquainted with her VX!

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    A bit more from Danny on the prototype VX --

    https://www.facebook.com/danny.rober...7513338332586/

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    Some great shots from this past weekend's Bluegrass Underground (PBS Season 6) of Kelsi Harrigill and her new VX with Flatt Lonesome --

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    Here is a bit of video from Kelsi's first "test drive" of the VX mandolin at IBMA 2016 --



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    Zack Arnold and ClayBank take a Sorensen VX out for a test-drive at their IBMA 2016 Showcase.



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    Some more from Bluegrass Underground -- The Grascals with Danny Roberts --

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    And I'm tickled pink to see this ol' Devil picking on Danny's VX before their sets on the Grand Ol Opry --

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    Cool to see Danny Roberts featured on Bluegrass Underground's "Mandolin Mondays" with his VX --

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    What a beautiful work! Really exceptional !
    A great bravo from France, Steve !
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    Here's a bit of The Grascals' set from the Bluegrass Kinda Christmas Festival --



    Thanks to Rick Laitico for grabbing this video!

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    So, when Kelsi Harrigill picked up her VX at IBMA, she asked if it would be possible to get one with block inlays and a shorter fingerboard extension. After playing the instrument for a few months, she decided that she wanted to keep the same instrument . . . which meant we were in for a bit of fingerboard surgery.

    I met Kelsi at the Blythe Bluegrass Festival this past weekend, got to enjoy four sets of amazing music from Flatt Lonesome in weather ranging from an icy windy downpour under a fairground awning, to chilly sunshine at the outside stage. When it was time to head out, I nabbed the mandolin and headed back home to the shop to make the swap.

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    Here are some pictures of the progression --

    Prepping for surgery
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    New board on
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    Everything in place - stainless frets
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    Frets leveled, recrowned, and polished
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    Ready to head out
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    Looks easy, huh?
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    Whoah, the new fretboard is a thing of great beauty.

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    She's a beauty!
    The mandolin isn't bad either.
    If it sounds anything like Danny's VX, it's a killer.
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    Thanks Drew! Danny A/Bed his and Kelsi's VX mandolins while were at IBMA. Hers was brand new then . . . but we decided that they were essentially twins -- I used the same specs and materials, so that was the goal.

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    Kelsi's VX back home and straight to work . . .

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    A couple of videos of The Grascals from this weekend with Danny Roberts on his VX. The mando break on Sally Goodin is just awesome --





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    Thanks for sharing that clip, incredible version of Sally Goodin. Danny was smoking, and really clean and creative. Congrats on buidling that great sounding mandolin too.

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    Thanks, Luna.

    It is so delightful to hear where Danny and Kelsi are taking their VXs. Both The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome are working on new albums, and I can't wait to hear what they've cooked-up.

    Here's a bit of some of Flatt Lonesome's set. Kelsi does a really cool break at about 1:35 which shows her take-no-prisoners synthesis of Bush and Monroe. She says she, "Doesn't want to sound like a girl."



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    Great, fast picking by Danny at 1:00 and 2:20 --



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    Seems appropriate for the weather in much of the country today --



    Mando break at about 1:25.

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    Some good shots of Kelsi and her VX from RenoFest this weekend.

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    Just starting to see a bit of the "baby bump" in that last shot. Glad to see that young Carter Allen Harrigill is getting to hear so much mandolin in his formative months!

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    What a totally awesome honor to get to see Sorensen VX mandolins on the Grand Ole Opry two weeks in a row --

    Kelsi Harrigill with Flatt Lonesome on April 1, and Danny Roberts with The Grascals on April 7.

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    As a weird Southern California kid obsessed with bluegrass, old country music, and the musicians on the Opry, I would have never imagined this possible. Dang! I am ridiculously proud to be working with such great players.

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    Now you've done it Steve. You've VeXed the Opry with your Left Coast Alchemy. Congratulations on making the impossible imagined.
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