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NEEDTOBREATHE New Videos, Album and Tour

NEEDTOBREATHE has been on a tear. After completing a new album, they were out on the road touring continuously. They are not taking their foot of the gas in 2018, with the announcement of another record and new tour dates. While the new album is not fully avaialbly yet, they are releasing tracks and videos this spring. Above you can listen to "Bridges Burn." Here's the most recent news from the band: "As we started off this year...coming off of one of the most adventurous records we've...

Trampled by Turtles Release “The Middle”

Trampled by Turtles Release “The Middle”

Trampled by Turtles have released "The Middle" from the new album 'Life Is Good On The Open Road' available everywhere May 4th, 2018. You can listen to this track watching the video above, or check the link below for more listening options. The Weber team is really excited about this album release and the upcoming TBT tour starting in May! If you are unfamiliar with this great group of artists, check our their website: www.trampledbyturtles.com

Mandolin Body Shapes and Sound Holes

Mandolin Body Shapes and Sound Holes

By Michael Eck The simple fact of the matter is that you can play anything you want on your Weber mandolin, regardless of which you’ve chosen. If your hands are ready and you’ve done your homework and you have the right attitude, you can play jazz, bluegrass, folk, klezmer, classical, whatever you please. But it’s also true that certain body shapes and sound hole configurations lend themselves to specific musical modes, and tradition, too, plays a hand in how your eye hears...

The New Weber: Deflection Testing

The New Weber: Deflection Testing

The Weber team is focused on crafting the best playing and sounding traditional mandolins. As part of this process, they have developed and implemented a new deflection testing program at the custom shop in Bend, Oregon. It’s just one of the new advancements contributing to the best sounding and playing Weber mandolins we've ever built. DEFLECTION TESTING Stiffness of wood is very important in determining the sound quality and long-term stability of an instrument. Wood from the same...

Meet the Craftsmen: Ryan Fish

By Michael Eck Ryan Fish is the man who signs your new Weber mandolin. Look inside, there on the label, in a confident flourish, “inspected by Ryan Fish.” “I’m happy to sign our instruments,” Fish beams, joining a tradition sometimes spoken of in hushed tones. “I feel really good about it. I’m so confident in the job that everyone is doing here at Weber.” But Fish doesn’t start the day signing mandolins. Arriving at 6 a.m., he’ll be...

Lloyd Loar

Lloyd Loar

By Michael Eck Lloyd Loar. There are few words spoken with such reverence in the mandolin world; few names uttered in such hushed tones. As a popular touring musician, Loar already had a long artistic association with The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company by the time he’d become an official contractor in 1919. Among Loar’s titles at the Kalamazoo facility was that of acoustic engineer. His deep studies and extensive performance work gave Loar a singular insight into the...

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