It is with great pleasure and joy that I write to you so soon after receiving my mandolin. It arrived yesterday as promised and encased such that the delivery truck could have backed over it and not harmed it! Normally I would be uncomfortable conducting business over the phone for such a personal investment as a custom built instrument. But after talking to you numerous times and studying your web pages I felt confident that you had not only the ability but the integrity to build a quality instrument. I opened the case, brought it to pitch and immediately compared it to my other 5 string electric. Not only did it have a far superior tone but it sustained and fretted like a classic jazz guitar many, many times its cost. The finish was flawless, the specs were exact, and the craftsmanship was that of a luthier – not an “instrument builder”. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with “Dusty Drapes and the Dusters” for 5+ years. During that time we share the stage with Asleep at the Wheel, Johnny Gimble, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard, and Jerry Lee Lewis. I personally can add Johnny Paycheck, Norton Buffalo, Mike Bloomfield and the Judds to my list of people with whom I have performed. This list is by no means meant to impress you or your future clients. It is meant rather to let them know that I am well aware of what goes into a quality instrument and that I would not endorse nor play one that I didn’t like. In closing I admit that I am a frustrated jazz and swing guitarist who got stuck on fiddle, keyboards and mandolin years ago and never learned guitar. As a result I always wanted a “guitar” that I could fret and play, hence the 5 strung electric mandolin. The fact that you made for me a Les Paul brings my dream to a close. Please feel free to use the endorsement any way that you choose. Thank you again and I hope to meet and play with you sometime!
Very truly yours,
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