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    My Wife and I were in the Colorado Springs Airport this morning, standing in the security line, and two gentlemen were behind us, one carrying a mandolin case. I struck up a conversation and it turned out to be Brian Aldridge and Jeff Byrd of the long time Bluegrass band "Dry Branch Fire Squad". We had a nice, short chat. I shared that I played mandolin and when I got through with the screening and was putting on my shoes, Brian sits down next to me and says "your a mandolin player, check this out." He opens his case and hands me a 1923 signed LLoyd Loar F-5! I did not have long to look at it as he had a plane to catch but WOW! What an incredibly nice guy to take that effort with another picker.

    Thanks Brian if you see this, you made my day.

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    Wow! "Hands me" as in you got to hold it? Did you get to play it a little? Or just "look at it?" Man, I don't know if I could have kept my hands off it.
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    Wow, what if they had told him he had to check it at the gate
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    What a cool guy.

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    I saw Dry Branch Memorial Day weekend - two Loars on one stage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Wow! "Hands me" as in you got to hold it? Did you get to play it a little? Or just "look at it?" Man, I don't know if I could have kept my hands off it.
    I did not have a chance to hear it, he had to get to his gate and my wife and I had to get something to eat before our flight. I just had a chance to examine it (and the label) for a bit.
    Like I said, Brian was a super nice guy. He told us that DBFS will be playing in St Augustine this winter, I will have to look for their gig.
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    One of my favorite bands - cool story!

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    I think those performers who play for a living often recognize what they have and know us mandolin players are a small community and share well. Folks who just collect these may not be so willing as the instrument is an investment but for the former, it's their tool for their craft and art and like their music enjoy sharing.

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    Mandolinists are the best! I'm not saying that just because I am one nor because so many of all y'all are both, but so many things show this is so, so often.
    But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. - Dennis Miller

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    Brian and I just live a few miles apart here in Ohio.. He came by the house and gave me a few pointers on building my BUCKHORN mandolins.. After telling him that I had never held a top quality mando, he invited me over to his digs and showed me some of the finest mandolins ever seen.. He even offered to loan me one to play around with.. I was truely sweating and overwhelmed......
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    Brian is one of the good guys. He also knows mandolins. It doesn’t surprise me that he showed you his Loar.
    Have a Great Day!
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