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Jim Turpin

Jim Turpin

Jim Turpin began playing mandolin in 2001.  After taking lessons for 6 months, he new it was time to abandon his "beginner" instrument (not a Weber) for a "real" mandolin.  As luck would have it, a new Weber Yellowstone custom showed up at Blue Ridge Music  (http://www.thebluegrasscenter.com)  in Asheville.  After playing it for only a few minutes, Jim was in love and bought the Yellowstone.  In 2002, Jim began playing with the Dixie Bluegrass Band.  Needing a backup instrument, Jim researched many different models in search of something to get by with when the Yellowstone was having fret work done or a string happened to pop in the middle of a set.  No other affordable instrument even came close to his Weber.  So, Jim bit the bullet and bought a Bitterroot with a Big Sky burst finish.  He traded up to another Bitterroot with maple back & sides in 2003.  "I can't believe I bought two mandolins of this quality for the same money some people spend on only one," Jim says.  Jim now plays mandolin with Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition (http://www.blueridgetradition.com) in Asheville, NC and is bound to play Weber mandolins for many years to come.

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