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    A few days ago, Andrew sent out this letter to his current customers:

    To all, I wanted to notify all my current customers that this past Friday we
    were caught in a flood. We had about three hours notice which gave us time
    to salvage as much as we could from our home and shop. As far as I can
    tell, I have not lost any instruments but most of my molds, equipment and
    raw lumber were lost. I was in my shop today, we have pumped about four of
    the six feet of water out, but it continues to come in. We are guessing we
    will maintain a height of about two feet for the next couple days.

    As far as I can tell, I have everyone's instruments. I was planning on
    shipping about four this week but I will have to put that off for a little
    while. I have very limited email access as we have no power. I will try
    and update everyone in a bout a week as to where I am at and how we want to
    move forward.

    Andrew Jerman

    He has posted a couple of heartbreaking pictures on his website:

    I'm lucky in that I received my Jerman before all of this befell him. I can assure everyone that their instruments will be well worth waiting for. Please join me in sending Andrew our best wishes at this difficult time.
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    Sad news, I hope everything works out ok.

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    Is there a "talent" knob? taboot's Avatar
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    Portland, Oregon


    Good luck to all in the cleanup and bailout process...

    Christian McKee

    Member, The Big North Duo
    Musical Director, The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra

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    Thank you for posting this, Andrew is a friend of mine.
    After hearing on the news, about the flooding in his town,
    I tried to call him. The phone rang a few times and then
    went to static. My heart sank when I realized the flood
    must have reached his home. Sad, sad news indeed.

    Andrew, best of luck to you and your family.


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    Andrew, my heart goes out to you and you family and nieghbors. I hope you can stay somewhat dry and get back to a normal life soon!

    "Gettin' by" with the imports!

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    # # # I hope all is going well for you and your family. I want to give a special thanks, for mentioning my new E Mando's on the message board, and all your help along the way. Take care, and I'll be talking with you soon.
    # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # John

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    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words and the emails of support and offers of assistance.. We moved back into the house Monday and I actually started putting stuff back into the shop. Its going to be sometime before we get back to normal but I am hoping to get back to building in a couple weeks. I have several mandos that are done and just need setup, so I hope to get some long awaited instruments to their new homes in the next week.

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    luthier david flammang has also been wiped out by the flooding in Iowa. #his shop had four feet of water, but his house and his family are fine. #he did get all the instruments and his wood out in time, but for someone who makes his living building guitars it is devastating. #my heart goes out to all who are affected by this. i know that the iowans are still waiting to hear it the government is going to finance a relief effort.

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    Default Re: Andrew jerman...

    Has anyone heard from Andrew recently?
    We had negotiated a barter involving one of my Bluegrass mandos for 2 of his hand made Emando's.
    This has been an ongoing discussion for about the past 9 months.
    I have not heard from him since August.

    Does anyone have a clue what's up with Andrew?
    Another Flood perhaps?

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    I am here. I have been traveling quite a bit. I am guessing that there is some strange void between us. I sent you a couple emails and a PM last week. I checked my junk mail and didn't see anything from you. I had a problem awhile back getting emails from someone that sent them on a phone or hand held. Anyone else have that problem? Anyhow, I am sending you another email and we'll see if we can get together.


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    Default Re: Andrew jerman...

    Thanks for the reaching out Andrew.
    It's just a case of Communication Breakdown...
    Back to you're regularly scheduled Mandolin Obsessions / luthiery / picking....

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    Default Re: Andrew jerman...

    Andrew - Sorry to hear of your misfortune and of course your neighbors as well. Glad to hear that you are ok. I've appreciated advice you've posted hear, and admired your instruments for quite a while. Hope all is well soon for everyone affected by this season's very wet weather.

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