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    I'm hopping on the road in 5 minutes to celebrate with friends and family in the Northwest. It crossed my mind just how much i enjoy the Cafe, it's members and our small Mando community. Thanks all.
    Awhile back, i became one of those "instrument rich", real world poor-ish folk. I realized that once again as one of my mandolins was returned to me after being with a friend for an extended period of time. I'm fortunate to have two Ruhland mandolins and an exceptional Wienman F5. I hadn't played my Wienman for a bit. The thing is crazy good.

    * another recent mando blessing was being granted the opportunity to have Ella stay with me at my home. Many of us have listened to Ella via Andrew Marlin, Mandolin Orange.
    The gentleman who is allowing me this opportunity is gracious, kind and deeply appreciated. As are all of you, my Mandolin Cafe friends, family.

    Thanks for the many years of enjoyment, enhanced knowledge and so many great conversation here on the Cafe.
    Be safe, hope you all have a lovely week.

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    I was at Gruhn's today and played Paul Newson's most recent mandolin. A real delight, a bit warmer than the others I've played. I liked it as well or better than some instruments that cost considerably more.

    I understand that Wienman is now selling direct from the Weinman shop.

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    For the uninitiated who is ' Ella ' ?

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    'Ella' was the personal (A style) mandolin of the late luthier John Sullivan, who named all of the mandolins he made. You can hear her on the most recent album from Mandolin Orange 'Tides Of A Teardrop.' Ella spent some time with Andrew through the grace of Mrs. Sullivan, and is now providing inspiration elsewhere.

    Andrew still has a Sullivan F.

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    Sometimes we who are fortunate to own many fine instruments find ourselves ignoring them. Last week I broke a string on my 1970 Guild D 35 guitar, so had to put new strings on it. I’ve neglected my mandolins since. This rather beat up old guitar, made of what in 1970 was “flawed spruce” ie riddled with bear claw, is just a joy.

    I’ve relegated mandolin to just doing my scale and arpeggio exercises this week. I do the same with my Silverangel, ignore its existence then binge play it because it’s so good.

    So it’s just another thing to be thankful for, and remember back to when even one good instrument was a dream.
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    Also for the uninitiated, what does the reference to Thor's Hammer mean?

    I second your words about the Mandolin Cafe community.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    I think Thor’s Hammer is Old Growth’s nickname for his Wienman F5 if I remember correctly

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    https://soundcloud.com/dennis-benjam...me-wife-comesn

    The name Thor's Hammer came from a couple of my buddies..i have embedded an odd "tune"that popped out last night, late, upon returning from a Thanksgiving journey in the northwest.

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    Thanks. I have a great deal of interest in mythology, so am familiar with "Mjolnir", Thor's hammer. I also have Norse ancestors from way back, so I was curious.

    I enjoyed your bluesy tune.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Cool...all of those topics are interesting and fascinating. I love that stuff.

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    Briefly..the thing that makes the Wienman special(at least in my view) is the "dry-ness" of the tone. The little recording i stuck in this thread included brand new strings and was recorded on a cell phone, so obviously not ideal for illustration of my point. It's striking how that dry tone comes through in a live setting however. I was duly impressed by that aspect when I heard Josh Rilko last summer with his group Lindsay Lou. .02

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    https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ZQKxYBsOH/

    Just happened to run across this new Wienman clip a couple of minutes ago. I believe that F5 was delivered a couple(maybe 3) days ago. Sweet sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    I was at Gruhn's today and played Paul Newson's most recent mandolin. A real delight, a bit warmer than the others I've played. I liked it as well or better than some instruments that cost considerably more.

    I understand that Wienman is now selling direct from the Weinman shop.
    I got one from Gruhn's - great sound from a relatively new instrument. It's opening up more and getting nicer - overall it was a great purchase IMO.

    When I was trying it out at Gruhn's I got a little star struck jamming with Sean Camp and George Gruhn among a few others. George had 2 Lloyd Loars from 1924 I believe and we passed those and the Newson around the horn a few times. It was a ton of fun - I was there for about 4 hours jamming with everyone and by the time we finished, the store was closed so I had to come back to buy the Newson. When I went back the next day, I wanted to test the Newson out again (mostly in case I was just star struck) - when I walked in to the 2nd floor, Bela Fleck was playing banjo by himself testing out a prewar banjo. I was shocked when he struck up a conversation with me - it was a treat to talk about mandolins for 20ish minutes with one of my musical heros. My favorite part of that story, after we talked for a while - he introduced himself to me. I had to laugh a little and told him I've been listening to him since I can remember
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    I agree about loving coming into the Café, and the civility and helpfulness of the community. We are blessed with wonderful instruments, and people who understand our enjoyment of them.

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