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    I just did have my 1st experience and complete my initial transaction with Montana Lutherie and I have to say it was a totally satisfactory experience. I'd been shopping around for quite some time and I'd made about a half dozen offers either at the Cafe or at Reverb and none were accepted. Some were countered but I wanted to stay in a particular dollar range. I saw the Big Horn 2 point Bruce had for sale here, however I already have a nice Kelley 2 point.
    I went to the Montana Lutherie website and saw an Arches A style with F holes, that looked pretty nice. I'd always read really great stuff about Chris Baird's builds, so I contacted Bruce by both email and phone call. He called me back. The Mandolin needed a refret and he contacted the seller for me and the seller dropped the price enough so that Bruce could do a refret (Gold Evo Fret Wire), plane the fret-board, replace the nut (Bone) and do a setup and stay within what I could afford to pay.
    So I now own Arches #9 (2005).
    I got to talking to Bruce the 2nd time he called, about the farm and everything, and Mary Weber wound up shipping my wife some soap she makes. I plan on buying some Cherries this coming Harvest season.
    I attached a Photo of the mandolin right from the Montana Lutherie web site. The Arches looks really good and the sound is terrific. I like a loud mandolin and it is definitely that. The low end is really strong and the high end just rings like a bell. It's really well built. James tailpiece, Mahogany binding and a one piece maple back.
    Plus Bruce did a wonderful job on his end.
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    Skip Kelley #063 Offset Two Point (2017)
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    Bruce and Mary Weber are the absolute best people. Bruce has done a few jobs for me and I just love the guy! Great to talk to on the phone and is so open about sharing all aspects of their life. Including the cherries!

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    ps, This is my always gigging mandolin and the one I usually grab first here at home.
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    Couldn't agreed more Bill. Bruce and Mary are just wonderful and exemplary people. You probably remember I have a Silverangel Econo A. I ended up sending it to Bruce a couple years ago and he totally transformed it - new frets, new bridge, new nut and a great setup. Now it plays like butter!

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    The Webers are great! Both Mary and Bruce have been wonderful on both purchases and sales of instruments. Montana Lutherie would be my first stop if I were looking for an instrument. I had to stay away while that Archtop guitar was there though .... so very tempting.
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    Another vote of confidence for Montana Lutherie. I was eyeballing a Weber Yellowstone but once I contacted Bruce it has been sold. He told me I should consider the 2012 Gallatin he had as he thought the tone was better than the Yellowstone. I didnít like the chocolate color and it had been beat up pretty good which didnít bother me as much. Sound and playability were most important so I made an offer the owner accepted. Best decision I ever made! Itís incredibly loud and in his advice I play John Pearce heavy strings. I now own a Hinde Heritage which is everything you could hope it would be but I canít imagine ever selling the Weber. Hinde stays home and the Gallatin is by my side when outdoors. There is nothing better than a beer, some sunshine and practicing on my Gallatin! If Bruce tells you a mandolin has good tone youíd better listen!

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    Bruce does great work. I sent him a truss rod cover to customize with some inlay work and it turned out really well. My wife had an antique bracelet that a piece of abalone fell out of and I sent that to Bruce - he fixed that too! A very talented guy! Oh yeah, he can also make mandolins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyChad View Post
    Another vote of confidence for Montana Lutherie. I was eyeballing a Weber Yellowstone but once I contacted Bruce it has been sold. He told me I should consider the 2012 Gallatin he had as he thought the tone was better than the Yellowstone. I didn’t like the chocolate color and it had been beat up pretty good which didn’t bother me as much. Sound and playability were most important so I made an offer the owner accepted. Best decision I ever made! It’s incredibly loud and in his advice I play John Pearce heavy strings. I now own a Hinde Heritage which is everything you could hope it would be but I can’t imagine ever selling the Weber. Hinde stays home and the Gallatin is by my side when outdoors. There is nothing better than a beer, some sunshine and practicing on my Gallatin! If Bruce tells you a mandolin has good tone you’d better listen!
    Bruce put John Pearce Heavy on the Arches I purchased thru him.
    Skip Kelley #063 Offset Two Point (2017)
    Arches #9 A Style (2005)
    Heron Creek "F" style #13 (2020)
    Hohner and Seydel Harmonicas (various keys)

    "Heck, Jimmy Martin don't even believe in Santy Claus!"

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    Enjoy. When think of Bruce and Mary (and their various companies) well built quality instruments and superb customer relations/service is what comes to mind from my experiences.

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    I've talked with Bruce many times, purchased from him, gotten advice on DIYwork, and am planning to have him do work on two unique instruments (Mix NewMAD oval-hole F-style with scroll, Walt Kuhlman Gypsy Music 10-string) to fix and polish them up.

    Both Bruce and Mary are treasures!
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