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Meet the Team: Miles Benefield

By Michael Eck   There are a few things you should know about Miles Benefield. First, he’s from Mount Pleasant Tennessee, “The Phosphate Capital of the World,” but he loves the purity of Bend, Oregon. Second, when he needs to relax, he steps out of the office and hits the Weber workshop floor, to smell the wood—it centers him in a way that anyone who appreciates making or playing can understand. And third, perhaps most importantly—in his own...

Meet the Craftsmen: Mike Fischer

By Michael Eck Mike Fischer remembers the phone call well. It was a Minnesota February, the kind that cuts a chill right through to the bone. He was in his second year, studying Guitar Development & Production at the Red Wing campus of Minnesota State, an hour south from his Twin Cities home. He got the job. It was a phone call from Weber. “The standard in the industry,” Fischer says, “is what's called a bench test. For a gig like this, a luthier’s position,...

A Closer Look at Mandolin Binding

By Michael Eck Binding. It defines a premium musical instrument, tracing its sumptuous curves, adding a chosen grace note of tortoise, ivoroid or classic black-and-white to define its form. But binding is there for more than beauty. Binding also protects, defending your Weber mandolin from the dings and chips and insults meted out onstage, at jams or even just while playing on the couch. Binding is also one of the primary elements that add cost to high-end music machines—the process is...

The Weber Mandolin Scroll

By Michael Eck Scroll envy. It’s a thing. The symmetrical lines of teardrop A-style mandolin are inherently beautiful—simplicity defined, with form meeting function. But for many, a mandolin just isn’t a mandolin without those sexy, familiar Florentine curves. Some call the scroll a straphanger. It’s well-suited to the task, but it’s much more than that. It’s a lovely bit of woodworking. It’s art, in an organic form. And it offers a signature, for...

The Weber Yellowstone Series and Up!

By Michael Eck You’ll know when you’re ready for a Yellowstone, a Diamondback, a Vintage or a Fern. These mandolins represent a standard of excellence unparalleled in the world of stringed instruments. In 2018, as Weber is celebrating 21 years of perfecting tradition, these distinctive high end models have only gotten better, building on the legend with new finishes, new body sizes and classic dovetail neck joints that make the player feel like an extension of the instrument. The...

Enter to Win A Yellowstone F14-F Mandolin!

Weber is unveiling the new larger body Yellowstone Models in Nashville at Carter Vintage Guitars & Summer NAMM event. To Celebrate, we're partnering with Mandolin Cafe to give you the chance to win your very own Yellowstone F14-F! Entry for a chance to win the new Yellowstone F-14 being given away will commence from a link on the Mandolin Cafe web site at 9:00 a.m. Central, June 16! Starting in June, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments will be celebrating the launch of the newly redesigned...

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