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    Thank you, Scott!

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    That was by far one of the coolest videos I've ever seen...
    So great to see that and thankyou so much for posting it.

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    Chet with a flatpick!

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    Charlie was either so cool, or scared shirtless. He just stood there and watched like he let the mando and Bill speak for themselves ...and finally got the approval thank you handshake.

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    This has been a lot of fun. Spent part of the morning organizing and going through and selecting the next tape or set of tapes to publish and am beginning work on that project. We've yet to actually see all of the tapes but believe the last 8 include live concert footage from a show in Boulder. At least that's how they're marked. Should know by the end of the week if all goes as planned.

    Keep finding out little bits and pieces about the day and the people in the video in attendance. Jim Triggs was over before the tape went live. Jim came in as the Custom Shop manager a few months after the presentation and identified a number of Gibson employees by name. Walter Carter was having a conversation with us and pointed out John Hedgecoth, the mandocellist with Butch Baldassari's old Nashville Mandolin Trio is seen holding a camera at the point where The Nashville Network camera is shown and George Gruhn is visible. This is sort of like Where's Waldo 31 years later.

    And not to gloat, but got a private mini-concert by Monroe in the headphones last night from him sitting on his front porch on the farm. To be broadcast in the future.

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    Very historic! Glad to see this great event recorded!

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    How cool to get to experience this through Wright's footage! And more good stuff to come! Thanks Scott, and a big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.

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    The warmth and gratitude on Bill's face while cradling the mandolin in his arms is timeless. Charlie and crew created magic and thanks Scott for preserving the history.
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    Thanks for helping keep history alive. BTW, enjoyed the podcast with Bradley Laird.
    He is doing a great job with his podcast.

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    A note to anyone that wishes, we've opened up the video so it can be posted by anyone on the internet. It was initially restricted to just the Cafe for posting but it was always our intention to allow it to be shared widely once we got some bang out of the buck for our effort.

    Bluegrass Today just ran their own story right here.

    Stay tuned. If all goes as we intend we'll have another surprise for everyone this coming Sunday night.

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    Fab + brilliant! many thanks for posting this- one should probably add: RIP Charlie Derrington, Gibson owes him a lot..!

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    Thanks to everyone responsible for making this video available. It truly was a great day. I was working for Gibson at the time, and can be seen at the end of the video at 15:55 (guy on the right). I have always been amazed at what Charlie was able to do with this mandolin. Seeing the "before and after" condition made me appreciate his work even more.
    I'd like to offer one of my own photos of the mandolin to the forum. This is the mandolin when it was still in clamps on Charlie's workbench.

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    At 5:30 p.m. today (Sunday) we're going to release 30 minutes of never before seen interview with Monroe on his farm just North of Nashville. Some great moments in it, including him playing his mandolin on the front porch.

    And of special note: you do NOT want to miss the brief conversation between interviewer and camera operator while Monroe goes inside the house to get the mandolin. Priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Thanks to everyone responsible for making this video available. It truly was a great day. I was working for Gibson at the time, and can be seen at the end of the video at 15:55 (guy on the right). I have always been amazed at what Charlie was able to do with this mandolin. Seeing the "before and after" condition made me appreciate his work even more.
    I'd like to offer one of my own photos of the mandolin to the forum. This is the mandolin when it was still in clamps on Charlie's workbench.

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    Thanks, I don't think I've ever seen that picture.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Well, that was sure some part of something. Thanks Scott. -Jim

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    A quick note to let everyone know we finally got the audio and video synced on this historic video. The first upload was badly out of sync. Hard to find folks with expertise in converting massive video cassette tapes used for television in the 80s and converting them to web. This is the only video that exists in public of Bill Monroe receiving his mandolin post-repair from Gibson at the factory with Charlie Derrington and Henry J. making the presentation.

    Chet Atkins on guitar backing up Monroe playing "Wheel Hoss" with Charlie calling out the chords to Chet--priceless.

    See if you can spot a very young George Gruhn in the crowd as Scott Wright pans video of folks watching the presentation.

    See the new video here.

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    Great to fully watch. At the end, he picks Lloyd Loar.

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    Noting today's anniversary of this historic video we shared for the first time exactly one year ago.

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    It's the anniversary of the return of Monroe's mandolin post-repair from Gibson and we have the only surviving video of the moment known to exist!

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    Always heartened to see this video on the day of the anniversary, and at the same time sad to see Charlie Derrington who is missed by many.

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    Good to see this. Thanks! ... I was fortunate enough to see Bill Monroe play the mandolin later that year at NAAM in Chicago. Seems like yesterday. He said, talking about the restoration, that he "taked it back to Gibson." That is a direct quote as spoken. I thought about that phrase long and hard. We also got to see Chet play the electrified nylon-string Gibson made under his name. My only time at NAAM but quite memorable.

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    We'll be making an announcement about this series of historic tapes, including this one, in the near future. They're headed to a new home for long-term keeping and public display.

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