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The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 11, 2018 - 11:53pm PT
Hey Tom,

Nice surprise to see you at Maltby.
Too bad we couldn't have found a quiet corner to pick a few tunes.

I was there primarily to collect my new D28A "utility dread" from Gary "The Pick Guy" Wagner who received it from Dennis "Guitar Doc" Berck who had performed some critical inventions to get an otherwise great guitar "right".
The neck angle was way too steep and there was too much relief in the action so Dennis reset the neck and compression fretted the fingerboard to get the action flatter and lower.
Frets like butter now!
Also replaced the bone saddle with vintage ivory and replaced the plastic bridge pins with fossilized ivory pins.
With the tight grained red spruce soundboard and perfect Madagascar Rosewood body, the guitar went from pretty strong and great to down right sparkly.

The 39 D18 I had with is pretty special being transitional still with 1-3/4" nut and no popsicle brace but X Brace pushed back.
A bit more treble and focus and a bit less bass than a Forward X, but benefitting from the still beefy neck for overall power.
Wayne Henderson himself declared it one of the cleaned 30's D18s he'd ever seen and the sound and response are otherworldly.
It pairs well with my 1937 herringbone.

If I knew how, I'd post some pictures and sound clips but alas, I can't figure that one out.

Wintergrass is not far off!
Looking forward to seeing you then if not before!

Here's a link to some Tony Rice at Strawberry in 86 probably at the peak of his powers accompanied by brother Wyatt on rhythm and lead, Jimmy Gudreau mandolin and harmonies and I think Mark Schatz on bass.


Stay well and stay tuned!

Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Nov 12, 2018 - 06:34am PT
Hey Perry,

Great to see you, too! Give me a heads up next time you plan to be at Maltby, and I'll look for ways to get in a smaller circle with you! The large circle tends to be a great bunch of folks, whose sense of rhythm does not always agree with each other's. I was sitting next to one of the regulars who was playing different chords, a different rhythm, and playing it all loudly. No insult intended...they were happy as clams. But...ho boy.

Eventually, I ducked into a coat closet with a few other mando players, and we had a faster than I'm comfortable with--but incredibly fun--all mando jam.

I'm planning to go to Wintergrass again, but will probably skip the whole workshop/show aspect, as I'm there mostly to jam. Looking forward to it!


Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Nov 29, 2018 - 06:10am PT
Hey, y'all...

For anyone in the general Seattle area tonight, there's going to be a great little concert at 6pm with two instrumental greats: Nick Dumas (mandolin: Special Consensus), and Chris Luquette (guitar: Frank Sollivan & Dirty Kitchen). They'll be backed up on bass by Andrew Knapp.

Nick and Chris are absolutely incredible together. Here's a sample of their music (in this case, with Connor Hutteball backing on bass):

My wife and I will be there, so say hey if you pop in! They'll be playing at:

Sparta's Pizza and Spaghetti House
18817 Bothell Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Dec 14, 2018 - 07:55pm PT
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Dec 21, 2018 - 04:07pm PT
Out of curiosity...are there any Seattle-area bluegrass musicians around?

I'd be down for getting a jam together, if so!
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Boulder climber
Jan 6, 2019 - 08:33pm PT
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Jan 7, 2019 - 04:07am PT
that's me all over this thread.

Blame it on "The Double Doink" of the Bears;
the Chicago football teams' loss at the last moments when a kick caromed off the up-right & the crossbar!
It was such a country song.
Thats what sent me here with a bunch of songs.
After having already left all the Mando in The FlamesThread,
I came here, all warmed up with the feelin'
Thinkin` that maybe the hardcore is feelin' it too
So I got into a touch of a tough tuff spot
Between the "Cry of the Whippoorwill" & (another)"Jerusalem Ridge"
That other "Jerusalem Ridge"
The full affair with Tony Rice at his strongest(?)
It is just stuck in my craw, right there - where I have to add it
Taking nothing away from The Cry ofthe Whippoorwill......

Big Wall climber
Jan 7, 2019 - 07:19pm PT
You all need some of this:


A long way from where I started
Jan 7, 2019 - 07:23pm PT
Out of curiosity...are there any Seattle-area bluegrass musicians around?
I'd be down for getting a jam together, if so!

Hi Tom. I play really exceptional bluegrass on my sound system, and I'm back in Seattle for the next 2 weeks, and would really love to see you guys again before I disappear forever.

Email me and let's sort out a visit.
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Jan 7, 2019 - 08:47pm PT
^^^ Wait...what?? That's great!

Hey, there's a bluegrass jam I'll be at at the A-1 Hop Shop at 145th and Greenwood tomorrow night at 6:30, if you're in the area.

Meanwhile, let's connect!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Jan 9, 2019 - 01:27pm PT
Then yesterday these were posted
_Still listening, under construction
2 From New Years

Just B Strings

Wow, ther's a boatload of newly post B Strings stuff!

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Jan 26, 2019 - 08:22pm PT
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Feb 10, 2019 - 09:02pm PT
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 06:26am PT
Looking forward to Wintergrass! I'll be there from Thursday to Sunday. Anyone else?

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Feb 13, 2019 - 03:02pm PT

Barring unforeseen misfortune, I plan to be at Wintergrass late Friday night.
At Mark Demeray’s request, my 37 D28 and wideneck 39 D18 will be featured in Saturday’s Vintage Instrument Workshop hosted this year by Tim Stafford and Dale Adkins.
Should be an interesting pairing of two great guitars in the hands of two great guitar players!
Look forward to seeing you.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 13, 2019 - 03:30pm PT
Right Now tonight Billy Strings is the opening act
Playing A Solo show
I'm thinking of going to hang around a stage door
to see if I can hear or get in.
The thing is it has been the worst weather of the winter
The ice and snow wouldn't you know.
It is clear & cold tonight the parking lot will be blighted
It is never well lighted
The piles from yesterday's ice rain and snowfall,
Will all be pushed to where I'd hoped to hang out
in my big red sled
a glorified golf cart, it has heat
but I'LL be there standing out.
standing outside in the freezing lot
where the very elegant
mercedes SUV driving well-to-do will sneer
I don't play an instrument
The tour bus will have the prime spot by the door
so far
It is Billy Strings . . .
the opening act for " I'm With Her"
The $60 ticket price is a come-on to the Beer tasting
the least attractive of the reasons to go.
Tomorrow And a 2-hour drive a $15 show is not in the cards
think of me warmly please
I'LL need the good vibes...

I don't know my Luthiers, but I'll bet that What William Apostol, "Billy Strings" just chose to play is fine
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 14, 2019 - 02:35am PT

engaged in the sneakin' into

This was filmed from the back, behind where I sat
There are only 341 seats ! in the orchestra, 500 seat theater.

I was happy, felt I pushed my luck as far as it was worth, catching the opening; SEEING BILLY STRINGS
PLAY SOLO, was enough

Anything from this guy was tight

STAYED through the start of the last song
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Feb 14, 2019 - 07:58am PT
I'll be looking for you, Perry! Very cool that your guitars will be used in that workshop! I'm not signing up for anything, just there to jam (thursday through sunday), and hence won't be in any of the workshops.

The weather forecast is sketchy, seems to change about every half hour, but you should be fine if you stick to the main roads.

Safe travels!
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