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Senior Member
Username: hollis

Post Number: 621
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hi folks!

I'm back in the Pacific Northwest again, and it's great to be back on line with you all.

I've got way too much to catch up on here, but over time I'm sure I'll get a chance to see all the beautiful instruments that those lucky ones (you know who you are) have acquired.

Much has transpired since last we spoke;

My parents are doing very well, and are able to go forward without their little baby son (me)watching after their every move..... Life is so cool!

As a result of the amount of time I needed to spend with my folks, I've parted ways with my oh so womb-like employer. This is allowing me time to devote to my music. So, as of now, I am a full time musician once again! It's a little scary, but this really is the direction I've been headed all my life, wish me good ju ju.

My unbelievably understanding and supportive spouse has been nothing but completely behind this decision.... What can I say, I'm a very lucky fellow.

Since we last spoke, I've been playing the Hell out of my Spoiler 5 string..... What a sweet instrument.

Of course, the Skylark, and the Persuader have also been singing very sweetly for me.... These instruments..... soooooo fine......Many thanks to the very kind Alembic folks for producing such amazing tools for all of us to better express our music.

I'm so happy to finally be able to get back to this site, I've missed you all very much. All the good thoughts and positive wishes have done wonders for my family, thanks again.

I've also been working on the mandolin, and find that I'm gaining a seemless approach from low B to very high E and above.....

If only Alembic made Mandolins............

Anyway, it's good to be back!
Intermediate Member
Username: sfnic

Post Number: 126
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 3:17 pm:   Edit Post

I'm pretty sure I've seen an Alembic mandolin, way back in the Series I days...
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2122
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome back Hollis! Sounds like life is good!

I'm thinking a neck through mandolin in the K body shape; Maple neck, Maple body, Coco Bolo top, crown headstock, Skylark electronics.
Senior Member
Username: bob

Post Number: 490
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 3:22 pm:   Edit Post

We've missed you too, Hollis. Nice to have you back, and great to hear things are going so well for you and your family.
Intermediate Member
Username: tom_z

Post Number: 161
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome back Hollis. Glad to have you back. It's great to hear your news regarding your return to full-time music - that's very exciting. It's even better to hear that your folks are dong well. Mandolin? Time to pull out the Grisman material and those old Jethro Burns records.

Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 425
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

Heeey, Hollis
Glad to see you're back. I'll add my voice to the chorus.. we missed you.
Senior Member
Username: hollis

Post Number: 622
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 9:20 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys,

"The music plays the band".....

David Grisman has always been a huge influence on my mandolin playing, and Jethro Burns....Whew!

It's a very fun instrument to play, and once I figured out that it's tuning was upside down (high to low: mandolin 1st-8th as opposed to low to high: guitar 6th-3rd strings), it's been coming to me amazingly easy.....

I guess it makes sense that it's easy for me when I look at it sideways......

As far as an Alembic Mandolin in my near future? I'm sure it would require more than a few pairs of stockings to pull the finances on a custom like that. Although the K body shape w/coco bolo top and Skylark electronics is a lot how I would imagine it to be... Holy crap! It sure doesn't take long before the fever hits again! I guess ours must be a progressive disease......
Advanced Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 262
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 4:31 am:   Edit Post

Hey, welcome back Hollis. It's good to hear your folks are fine. Also good to hear you're career is heading in the direction you want. I'd give anything to give up work and take off as a full time musician.

Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 530
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

Hollis - Welcome back indeed!

SFnic - I have not seen an Alembic mandolin yet, but I do have a pic of a Stars one somewhere. It looked like a cool instrument and you probably remember it. I will forward it to you when I find it.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 553
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 7:39 am:   Edit Post

Welcome back Hollis.

Good to hear your parents are doing well. Hmmmmmm, an Alembic mandolin???? - the mind wanders! The bass player in my band plays mando and I play a little. The guitar player we're considering to add also plays mandolin. I'm thinking of a 3-mando rendition of Spinal Taps' "Big Bottom"!

You may have been away, but it's still as strange around here as always. You've been missed.

Bill, tgo

(Message edited by lbpesq on August 02, 2005)
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 554
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 7:45 am:   Edit Post

Ooops, double post.

Bill, tgo

(Message edited by lbpesq on August 02, 2005)
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 532
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

Hi Hollis, nice to have you back. Good to hear your folks are allright!

Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 782
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 9:00 am:   Edit Post

Hello Hollis, welcome home. That's great news about your folks. You sure sound pumped about the career move. All the best with that. If all your decisions are as good as the one to marry Mrs. Hollis you'll be just fine.

Username: billy_v

Post Number: 47
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 3:59 pm:   Edit Post

Jethro, yeeeeeees. And Tiny! (I see Elderly has the newly-reissued "Back To Back" CD available, with additional material!) I got into mandolin because of seeing Tiny on some PBS show with Merle and Willie and Jackie King back around '84--he sounded like Jerry! Who could resist? A few years later, I ordered from Tiny one of his Roberts Bigsby-copy 5-stings. It didn't help me sound anything like him! (Ha!) My autographed copy of "Tiny Moore Music" is one of my treasures.

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