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Newsletter ~ Jan - March 2008
Merry Christmas and Happy 2008!

Well, this year is about over, and I hope it was a good one for all of you. Lots of things happened this past year; the band had a nice trip to California in March, playing all up and down the state. We also played all around Oklahoma, appearing once again at the OK Mozart Fest in Bartlesville with Mason Williams. The Centennial celebrations were all amazing; I think we can be proud of the way our state remembered our past. I was fortunate to be able to play with the Enid symphony, and to be a part of the Centennial parade in Oklahoma City and the spectacular show at the Ford Center. I hope this coming year will be as fun and exciting.

Thanks to all of our season ticket holders --- we appreciate your enthusiasm and loyalty. The band has recorded some neat new songs, and should have a new C.D. ready sometime in 2008

I hope you all enjoyed the bluegrass festival in October. We are already gearing up for next year. Mark your calendars for Oct. 2 4; it won’t fall on the OU-Texas weekend this time! Get your tickets early and save some money.

I am pleased to say that John Jorgenson and his band will be performing here on Friday night, Jan. 25th. John has been a fan favorite at our last two festivals, and tickets probably will be grabbed up quickly. Ticket price is $20; show at 8:00pm in the Music Hall. Don’t forget our annual Fiddlefest on February 16th. This is always a very popular show and tickets go fast. Make your reservations early!

Lukas Wronski is back with us and if you didn’t get to see his Centennial Violin, we will have it on display in the Fiddle Shop. Lukas is a very talented violin maker and artist. I’ve played on some of his instruments and they are top notch. Stop in and try them; I think you’ll be amazed!

We are working on updating our website with new pictures and videos showing our instrument inventory; you’ll be able to hear how they sound


WESTERN SWING

These annual shows have become so popular with us and with you that we decided to repeat the event again. Put May 10th on your calendar now to join Leon Rausch, some of the Texas Playboys, and our triple fiddles in some of your favorite tunes from the Bob Wills era. There is plenty of room for listening and dancing at Logan Co. Fairgrounds, so round up your friends and neighbors for a really fun evening.

DISCOUNT TICKETS

We are continuing the offer for bargain tickets, 8 shows for $66.00 ($132 per couple). That’s $8.00 per show ($10 for the Fiddlefest) January through April and the privilege of selecting your reserved seat. The schedule on the reverse lists these shows with an asterix. The tickets will be ready to buy by the time you read this. Remember it is first-come first-served for the seat selection, and we hold your seat for you only until show time.

LESSONS

Jim Garling continues to teach beginning and intermediate fiddle and guitar students. He can be reached at 405-306-4182. John Hickman works with banjo students and Greg Burgess teaches advanced fiddle students. Call for information: 405-282-6646

INSTRUMENTS

Guitars: I’ve added some nice older guitars: a 1953 00-18 and a 1981 D-18 Martin; a 1965 Epiphone Texan, an Epiphone Les Paul style 12 string, a new Fender Telecaster, an Artist Les Paul Gibson, and several really good sounding flat-tops from Blueridge, Johnson, Revival and Alvarez. I also have a cool looking resophonic round neck with electric pick-up.

Mandolins: Weber is making a really great mandolin these days. I have a fantastic-sounding Yellowstone model, honeycolor, radius fingerboard, cedar top, tortoise binding that is just beautiful! Eduard Kristufek makes an incredible mandolin; in stock I have a Fern varnish and a Fern lacquer with cedar top. They both sound great. Others available: a Collings F model with satin finish and a big sound; an F-5G Gibson; an old A model 1930s Gibson; a nice F style from a good Penn maker; and several affordable mandolins from Eastman, Kentucky, Johnson, Washburn, Rover and Bovier

Violins, Violas, Bows: We have Oklahoma’s best selection of these instruments, and now we are happy to show and sell the violins of Lukas Wronski. You must see and play his violins and meet the man himself. Check the website to see and hear them. I have some wonderful 18th and 19th century violins from all over the world, and several entry-level violins starting at $150. If you are looking for a good deal in a fiddle or bow, cases and all violin accessories, come in and we’ll help you out with something.

Banjos: We still have a good selection of new and used banjos. I just picked up another old Gibson, late ‘20s or early ‘30s, TB-1 with a 5 string neck, really nice. Also have 2 old tenor Gibsons from the ‘20s or ‘30s, plus Ridge, RB-3 Gibson and Kristufek banjos from the Czech Republic which are very, very nice. We can also get you started on some nice entry-level instruments.

Misc: you can find all kinds of accessories at the shop: tuners, straps, picks, rosin, strings, capos, pick-ups, chin rests, shoulder rests, pitch pipes, books on how to play, DVDs and CDs of the band and solo CDs
Posted on Dec 20 2007





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