" John's website says that his Norman, Seagull and Patrick & Simon guitars are priced from $465 to $675 USD. That price includes his in-house preparation and voicing. That is the only way he sells them, i.e. after…"
"Yes, Martin, I was aware when I posted to you, that shipping costs, foreign exchange rates, California taxes, and possible import duties would probably mitigate against such a decision. My only point was that, if you were to end up buying a…"
"Martin, you probably are reluctant to consider purchasing a guitar on-line, but it seems you are already familiar with and like the Godin line of guitars, so there is nothing to lose in contacting John Mello at…"
"My first Martin was a 000-28NB. However I soon acquired a D-41 relegated to bluegrass. I've also acquired a J-41Special and enjoy this as a bluegrass guitar also. I think both the D and J bodies are flat picking boomers.…"
"Since we seem to have come in about the same time, musically; I was wondering what model Martin guitar you started with. I received a Martin 0-18NY as a Christmas present around 1959 after I had been playing about 4 years on my own and a D12-20…"
"My involvement in bluegrass took a long round about way. My first intense interest in music was in the folk scare. My first concert was the Limelighters followed by Baez, The Kingston Trio, and PP&M. I was finger picking…"
"As a teenager I attended the first Mariposa Folk Festival in 1961. There was a street dance downtown and the music was provided by The York County Boys. This was my first exposure to Bluegrass music. Part way through the night, a…"
" That is an interesting test. I probably don't have very discerning hearing, but I didn't notice a significant difference between the picks. I did hear a difference between the guitars with the Seagull sounding…"
Now that the holidays are past I was wondering if you were able to begin your study of fiddle tunes. Did you select one or more to begin with? How are you progressing? Have you encountered any particular…"
"John Mello of Kensington, CA, (http://www.johnfmello.com/about.html) is a luthier of long experience who really knows his craft. In addition to making his own highly prized instruments, he maintains an inventory of affordable production…"
One consideration may be whether or not you are planning to participate in a jam circle. If not, you could probably start with any fairly straight-forward tune that is melodically pleasing to your ear. I think many…"
You're right, of course! After I sent that I realized what I had written but I had already turned the computer off and thought no one reads my stuff anyway. I did not mean to write bpm (which would be rediculous). What I meant to write was NPM or Notes Per Minute. The time signature is no different, it's just that a fast banjo player can crowd a lot of notes into each beat! Thanks for catching it. I wasn't aware that I had made the same mistake twice... I'll correct it.