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    Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments Joins Two Old Hippies

    Two Old Hippies, LLC, American builder and designer of Breedlove and Bedell Guitars announce the addition of Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments to the Two Old Hippies team. Bruce Weber and Bruce Weber Jr. are official Co-Hippies and will continue to design, build and promote exquisite Weber instruments.



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    My best to all you guys out there in Montana; I can't wait to see what comes next.
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    Two Old Hippies seem to be buying up some pretty heavy duty brand names these days.

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    I didn't see this one coming, and while part of me is excited to see what comes next, another part of me am not sure about this. I wish all parties the best of success wherever this journey takes them.

    Can we start using the phrase 'Pre-Bedell Weber' now?

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    We are very happy and excited!
    Bruce is open to any questions today, too. He's going back to work so it might take me awhile to get back with the answers.
    As Tom and Molly Bedell say, 'Peace, Love, & Bluegrass'

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    As most folks know I am a huge Weber fan and this announcement saddens me. I have to thank Bruce, Mary, Bruce Jr., Brett And all those fine folks who created my mandolin (Isabella). Having the shop just 70 miles away was great as I could just drop in when I was in the area. Now sadly they will be moving far away. I hope the tradition of building quality instruments will prevail and I am sure it will. As soon as the weather conditions get better (it is snowing sideways as I write this), I will travel to the shop for what will probably be my last visit. I hope only the best for them in their future endeavors. Good Luck and again thanks for the kindness and great mandolin.

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    Hey George, the shop will remain here until the end of February, then Bruce Jr. and several other luthiers will be moving over to Bend (they have great shop, and it's a beautiful area). However Bruce and I will staying in MT. where he'll be building Webers in his own work shop with TOH and be traveling over regularly to keep an eye on things. SO- you can visit anytime!

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    Well, I just want a sticker for my station wagon! Congratulations to you all. Exciting times for sure!

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    That's wonderful news. Several workers at Breedlove were trained in my shop and I know what this must mean to them. I see a great relationship here and a great opportunity for Bruce to get back to what he loves without the distraction of running a company..
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    I'm Glad to learn that Bruce will be continuing to do what he loves and building GREAT mandos!!

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    To the Weber Family, Congrats!

    Will Mr. Weber take a shot at building his own "take" on a "Loar" era F5 mandolin, now that he will be hand crafting his own mandos?

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    What I meant by "take" was a replica type Loar, similar to what Wiens and others have done.

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    How do I break the news to my Breedlove FF and my 3 Weber's that they're now related?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_tsam View Post
    How do I break the news to my Breedlove FF and my 3 Weber's that they're now related?
    You don't keep them all in the same case at night, do you?
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    Not 'per-Bedell' rather 'Logan Webers'. I have two myself.

    Didn't we have a thread saying the Breedlove mandos were getting some design enhancement? Early Bruce impact?

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    He just said he has lots of ideas that have been rolling around in his head. Not too specific I'm afraid...

    ooops double post- not sure how to delete...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNick View Post
    What I meant by "take" was a replica type Loar, similar to what Wiens and others have done.
    He just said he has lots of ideas that have been rolling around in his head. Not too specific I'm afraid...

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    This news just makes me very sad on a number of levels.

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    Bruce and his staff have run a great company. It is a sad day in my eyes, there just isn't many company's today like Weber.
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    What about prior Weber customers and warranty issues or customer support? Seems there website is no longer working.
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    I spoke to Cameron yesterday afternoon and he told me that after March 1st all warranty work would be done in the Bend, Oregon facility. I would suspect that will also be true of the customer service. Knowing Bruce as well as I do my feeling is the brand willnot suffer any ill effects. Bruce is passionate about the instruments he and the crew build and with Bruce Jr. going to Bend he will be keeping a close eye on quality control. As far as the website it is probably down for a revampment to show the change is their status.

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    I have always liked dealing with small companies,that is one of the reasons I bought a Weber. They couldn't have been nicer and of course there customer service was always great. I will have to be happy with the one I have. I am not sure I want a Breedlove/Weber/Bedell
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    Quote Originally Posted by George R. Lane View Post
    As far as the website it is probably down for a revampment to show the change is their status.
    For some reason the power went out in Manhattan (MT) where our internet provider/server is located. Could have to do with all the snow we got last night (I am taking a shovel break now). Anyway, they are the server for our website so that was down for awhile too- obviously on-line now, tho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickster60 View Post
    I have always liked dealing with small companies,that is one of the reasons I bought a Weber. They couldn't have been nicer and of course there customer service was always great. I will have to be happy with the one I have. I am not sure I want a Breedlove/Weber/Bedell
    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions right now. Let's see what happens down the road. I am positive that Bruce will see to it that a quality instrument will still be produced. I can't imagine he would want his name on a sub-standard instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickster60 View Post
    I have always liked dealing with small companies,that is one of the reasons I bought a Weber. They couldn't have been nicer and of course there customer service was always great. I will have to be happy with the one I have. I am not sure I want a Breedlove/Weber/Bedell
    Awe, come on give it a chance. We do know what you mean, though. Things will need to shake out but the general plan, at this time going forward, is that Bruce will actually be taking many of the actual instrument phone calls and will most likely be doing some repair at his shop. I think he and Helen always liked the challenge but also he can see if materials or workmanhship may have been behind it, or something.
    He also has the temperament for it : )
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