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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...

Behind the Scenes: Get to know owner Tom Bedell

Behind the Scenes: Get to know owner Tom Bedell

By Michael Eck The tale of Tom Bedell is unique in the world of music manufacturing, and for many reasons. Tom was, as he likes to say, the youngest person ever to show at the bi-annual National Association of Music Merchants gathering; and also, the longest to stay away! Bedell, with his wife Molly, heads Two Old Hippies, which embraces a flagship lifestyle store in Nashville as well as Bedell Guitars, Breedlove Stringed Instruments and Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments in Bend, Oregon. The...

Your Weber Mandolin

Your Weber Mandolin

By Michael Eck Bend, Oregon. It’s a growing city of 90,000, nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains. Juniper trees line the streets, scenting the air with cedar and gin. A sense of community, communion even, is evident everywhere, with nature and with people. Small, simple, beautiful homes reflect the region’s past as a logging town; modern sculpture dots the roundabouts that direct traffic flow. It’s a place of craft breweries, live music, outdoor sports...

WEBER UPGRADES HERITAGE MANDOLINS

The new Weber Fern, Vintage and Diamond Back A full year of research has lead Weber craftsmen to Hand-Tuning the tops of every Weber Heritage Mandolin. Learning that part of the magic of the Lloyd Loar sound is targeting a specific deflection to maximize the chop and volume of these Adirondack spruce models, the tops are hand voiced before, and then again after assembly, carving and sanding on the tops until the precise deflection is achieved. Additionally, Weber is introducing its new dovetail...

2018 Weber Mandolins Color Update

2018 Weber Mandolins Color Update

The Weber craftsmen have been hard at work designing and testing new color options and have just released the new colors to the market. Starting in 2018, the Gallatin, Bitterroot and Yellowstone Series will be upgraded with new color bursts. Check out these new finishes and bursts! The Yellowstone Series The Yellowstone has earned a complete face lift with a high gloss Burnt Amber burst and ivoroid top and back binding with black/white/black purfling. The new dovetail neck joint and the...

Michael Eck Supports Weber Team with In-Depth Articles

On behlaf of the entire Weber Mandolins team, we are proud to welcome Michael Eck as an article writer. Over the next year, Michael will be writing a collection of articles about various aspects of the Weber brand, instruments, craftsman and other interesting topics.  About Michael Eck Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck is a respected songwriter; a nationally exhibited painter; and an award-winning arts reporter and cultural critic. He has written about music for...

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