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Featured Instrument: Bitterroot F14

Explore Weber instruments and you'll find many of them have names with deep roots in Montana. The Bitterroot F14 is one such specimen. The Bitterroot is Montana's state flower, whose fleshy roots were used extensively as food by Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and the pioneers and mountain men that followed. Players love the silky satin finish and the ivory binding that give the Bitterroot distinctive visual appeal. This mandolin may be named for a plant of the Wild West, but reflects...

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Small, yet powerful, the  mandolin finds its roots in the lute family. It's usually plucked with a pick or plectrum. Most mandolins feature eight metal strings, which are tuned in pairs. The tuning of two each makes four sets of strings in total. Some mandolin models have 10 or 12 strings. The closest acoustic relatives to the mandolin include the mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello. History of Mandolin The history of the mandolin can be traced back to 13,000 BC. A cave...

New Instrument Video: Yellowstone 2-Point Octave with Zach Runquist

In this short Weber video, artist Zach Runquist plays the Weber Yellowstone 2-Point Octave and speaks about the musical qualities of the instrument. About Zach Runquist: Born and raised in the heart of Music City, I knew at the age of 10 that music would be my lifelong passion. At an early age I was first exposed to the recording studio while working on the first record for the "Sons of Tennessee" - which consisted of my father and older brother. I intensely watched Bruce Watkins, a veteran...

Two Old Hippies Announces the Retirement of Bruce Weber Sr. as General Manager of Weber

Two Old Hippies Announces the Retirement of Bruce Weber Sr. as General Manager of Weber

Bend, OR | 3.3.16 – In October of 2012, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments was acquired by Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments located in Bend, Oregon. The company was relocated to Bend, and the workshop’s handcrafting practices were maintained. For the last few years Bruce Weber Sr. has served as the General Manger from his home shop in Montana. Bruce has recently decided to step down as General Manager and focus on the instruments. “My passion is working with the players, and I...

Caring for Your Mandolin in Cold Temperatures

A Guide to Mandolin Care for Fall and Winter Your Weber is made mostly of wood and before it was used to create your prized and beautiful musical instrument, its main purpose was to soak up moisture, nutrients and sunlight. Yes, that’s right. Your favorite instrument was once a living tree!  It is no surprise then, that as the cooler seasons approach, your precious instrument is subject to structural change and even damage due to moisture and temperature changes. Therefore, It is...

Tin Toy Cars Releases Album

Formed in 2014, and co-founded by Weber artist Peter Fand, Tin Toy Cars has staked out a singular niche that's established the quintet as both a creative force and a favorite band among the burgeoning downtown Las Vegas scene. Falling, Rust & Bones is Tin Toy Cars’ debut, and it showcases the band's insatiable creative spirit and focused vision, as well as Fand's wide-ranging influences and universal style of songwriting.    On Falling, Rust &...

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