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.