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    Cool story and congrats. And although I graduated from HS in Ohio and went to college in Ohio before transferring to LSU and then UW, I've grown to detest OSU to the point where I couldn't enjoy anything called a Buckeye. Haha. I wish the name would change. The Badger has a nice ring to it.
    I moved from the Eff El Lay to the 'Scon after getting engaged to my wife. I lived and practiced in Madison for about a year and a half before we moved to The Land Of Fish Tacos. One of my FPR campmates sent me back to Cowtown with two cans of Spotted Cow which Eugene and I savored quickly while pickin' and grinnin'. Go Buckeyes! Go Badgers!
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    Love the tone of the mandolin Johnny Staats plays on his Wires and Wood album. Tunes like "Escape From Taiwan" and "Mandolin Meltdown". I think that was a Buckeye(?) For the sake of this thread,I hope it was.

    Recent'y saw him playing an Apitius and a Red Diamond.

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    The finish on the neck has a "speed neck" like feel to it. I thought it might have been lightly sanded but Pete says his finish is three base coats of shellac then lacquer on top. The neck is sealed with lacquer then he rubs linseed oil into it.

    Pete is currently building four more mandolins this winter but they are all sold already.

    By the way, Lauren Price's mandolin is The Buckeye F5 #59.

    Any predictions for tonight's CFP National Championship game?
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    One team will win. I have a flawless system for prediction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotter View Post
    The finish on the neck has a "speed neck" like feel to it. I thought it might have been lightly sanded but Pete says his finish is three base coats of shellac then lacquer on top. The neck is sealed with lacquer then he rubs linseed oil into it.

    Pete is currently building four more mandolins this winter but they are all sold already.

    By the way, Lauren Price's mandolin is The Buckeye F5 #59.

    Any predictions for tonight's CFP National Championship game?

    I think the Tigers will win.
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    Cheers, Holmes (aka Scotter)! It was lovely to catch up, see your pre-surgery (but still lovely) Buckeye, and sip a forbidden ale.

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    Go Buckeyes!
    Indeed . . . so long as they keep signing my paycheck.

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    PS: Somehow, progeny no.1 found somebody who ships Firestone-Walker to Ohio. He sent 12 bottles spanning five different brews as a late Christmas gift, including four bottles of my holy Grail brew, ßucaba. If you manage to visit again quickly, Scotter, the picking will be festive indeed.

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    I met Pete Hart back in the '90's at a festival in Clay City, KY. He is by far one of the nicest people I have ever known. I needed some work done on one of my mandolins and he said he would be glad to do that for me. He was currently building two mandolins at the time and we had arranged a meeting in Toledo at a bluegrass show there so he could take my mandolin home with him to work on. He brought one of his mandolins "in the white" (what he called it) - without any finish on it at all. I fell in love with it. I had to have it. I asked him to make a couple of minor adjustments for my liking due to my hand size. I really don't recall how long it took him to finish the mandolin from that point. I drove down and picked up both of my mandolins. I checked out the work he did on my existing mandolin and then I had to take a look at my new one. I was absolutely amazed. Deep, woody tone. It became my main instrument for quite a while. Like many others, I started rotating which mandolin I would play. A few years later, I talked to Pete about putting a radiused fingerboard on my Buckeye. I took it down to him and he happened to have a finished Buckeye there. I think it was #38. A great mandolin. He let me take it home to play it while he was working on my Buckeye. I really considered doing a swap with him, but because of the history I had with mine, I couldn't do it. Anyway, the new fingerboard was incredible. He absolutely does fantastic work. Since y'all were posting pictures, I decided to share my story and some pictures as well. Oh, and I have had my Buckeye #9 since 1994.

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    And if somebody could tell me how to get the rotation on the pictures corrected, I would gladly appreciate it...
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    Hey, ManjoMan,

    Thanks for giving another long term update on your Buckeye. I'm just amazed at how #87 plays and sounds so much better after he made the requested "tweaks" to it. That kind of customer service is really hard to beat.

    P.S. Pete says you're a great picker comparing you to Doyle Lawson.
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    I have #66 up here in Portland, and love it. Upon first arrival it was a little frail sounding, but that quickly changed and itís among the most muscular sounding mandolins Iíve ever heard. Iíve played Gilchrists that I wouldnít consider trading it for, straight up.

    Iíd like to echo all your remarks about how nice it was to work with Pete, not only was he happy to cut the nut on mine wider than normal and radius the fretboard, but he also worked to replicate the neck profile of a Breedlove instrument I had been playing for years and liked the feeling of. Itís quite similar, feels great to play. Beyond the feel and sound of it, I think Pete does my favorite sunburst finish out there.

    Iíve recorded with this instrument a bunch at home and in ďrealĒ studios and gigged with it all over, including a trip to Germany with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra in 2018, itís never let me down, and always does me proud. I hope to really be enough mandolinist to earn it, so to speak.

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