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rmodel

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Joined 3/3/2009
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04/01/2014 16:22:20  View rmodel's Photo Albums    Reply with Quote

News Flash, Dobro (TM) has just made an agreement with our own Jim Warren for a limited run of old style Dobro's with a distressed finish complete with lugged cone and short spider. Price has not been published yet. Sounds like a hot seller. Why you holding out on us Jim.

MarkinSonoma

Joined 7/27/2008
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04/01/2014 16:50:12  Reply with Quote

And Jim has to go to China to supervise the construction.

Bon voyage, Jim!

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hlpdobro

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04/01/2014 17:11:45  View hlpdobro's MP3 Archive  View hlpdobro's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

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Edited by - hlpdobro on 04/01/2014 17:12:34

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otdobroPlayers Union Member

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04/01/2014 17:16:19  View otdobro's MP3 Archive  View otdobro's Photo Albums  Send otdobro a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote

  Been trying to keep it a secret....... It was supposed to compete with the blitzenplecker.

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Slide-houndPlayers Union Member

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04/01/2014 17:31:04  View Slide-hound's Photo Albums    Reply with Quote

Yup, just checked the date on my calendar.

 

Bob G / Slide Hound

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Andy B

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04/01/2014 19:50:44  Reply with Quote

Boy do I go for those! Why they're great with . . . or even plain!

Keep up the good work Jim.

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bluedobro

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04/01/2014 20:42:13  View bluedobro's MP3 Archive  View bluedobro's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

no thanks for a Chinese made dobro

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Slideman1939

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04/01/2014 21:17:01  View Slideman1939's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

Opinion----Many current forum members are too young to remember the Blitzenplecker-----an editorial April fool's joke revolving around an imaginery line of German made dobros. with chrome coverplates made from re-worked Volkswagon hubcaps. It was a spoof that was part of letters to the Editor In FRETS magazine--an April issue in the mid or late eighties.

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Argyll

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04/02/2014 03:26:42  View Argyll's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

Been there and done that with ChinWhen did Dobro start farming out work to China?

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Argyll

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04/02/2014 03:29:42  View Argyll's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

* typo error* Since when did Dobro start farming out work to China?

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Dean UpsonPlayers Union Member

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04/02/2014 05:54:02  View Dean Upson's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by otdobro
 

  Been trying to keep it a secret....... It was supposed to compete with the blitzenplecker.


Blitzenplecker explained:     http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=243849&highlight=hitler

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MarkinSonoma

Joined 7/27/2008
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04/02/2014 11:16:01  Reply with Quote

Yep, the old Blitzenplecker...

Now that April Fools has passed I guess we can deal with the Chinese part of the story and how it relates to the Dobro brand. Argyll, I'm not sure when it happened exactly, but it's beyond farming out at this point by Gibson.  

There are no Gibson Dobros being produced in the U.S. at this time.  Neither are there Gibson banjos or mandolins. Those are branded as Epiphone and built in China.

As bad as the Dobro part of the story is, after all, Gibson has owned the Dobro brand for only 20 years, that pales in comparison to the other instruments I mentioned. 

It is a major travesty regarding the mandos and banjos. Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs must be rolling in their graves.  

Thank goodness that they are still producing some nice flattop guitars at the Montana operation, far away from the headquarters in Nashville...


Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 04/02/2014 11:17:36

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Slideman1939

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04/02/2014 20:16:50  View Slideman1939's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

THANKS Dean Upson (above) for confirming my 1989 memory of the hoax letter (Hitler's Dobro) with the Volkswagon coverplates-----stimulated by Jim Warren's memory remark of competing with the Blitzenplecker. I later recalled the author was Jim Bennett and he wrote the letter-to-editor as tongue in cheek (parody) humor (intended to be self obvious B.S.) BUT some Frets readers were upset because FRETS was authoritative/ straight up/ factual and NOT used to campy humor. Jim Bennett was a Manhatten based author/ illustrator (straight job) and internationally traveled Dobro performing bluesman 9 with Brownie McGhee). He was a Dobro HISTORIAN with proper knowledge of pre-war/ post-war. A go to guy for answers on factory origin and serial numbers for the folks who wrote in to FRETS MAGAZINE in the 1980's PRECEDING the Dobro revival. I recognize this is BORING and EXCESSIVELY DETAILED, but someday some author will do an expanded Dobro history and this missive "flushes out" the details of the author of the infamous 1989 "BLITZENPLECKER" April fools hoax. An old memory is that Jim's young wife died prematurely and Jim got out of Manhatten and prematurely retired to the Catskills Mountains (N.Y.) and dropped out of Dobro life (performing blues internationally) at an earlier than expected time period. I have not kept touch with Jim Bennett for 23 years so maybe some Catskills reso buddies have an update on the author of the (legendary) BLITZENPLECKER Dobro. This is more info than any sane person needs to know about the Blitzenplecker. Our favorite obsession---documentation of the old time ways.

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SteevarinoPlayers Union Member

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04/03/2014 16:59:14  View Steevarino's Classified Ads  View Steevarino's Photo Albums  View Steevarino's Blog  Reply with Quote

Gotta set the record a bit straighter here...  Gibson IS still producing mandolins.  They have a great crew, currently housed in Gibson's Custom Shop building in Nashville, Tennessee.  David Harvey handles the final assembly and quality control.  It's not a big crew, but they regularly turn out at least 20-25 mandolins per month.  How do I know this?  I provide certain parts for them (20-25 per month).  Sure, it's far from their previous 100+ per month numbers from a few years back, but it's easy to figure the ones that they are making now are top quality instruments.

On the banjo front, I occasionally hear whispers of them bringing back at least one or two models in the near future, but nothing even close to solid yet.

On the Dobro front, nothing at this time.  That's fine with me though!

Steve

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brichardson

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04/04/2014 05:54:21    Reply with Quote

Steve, you are correct about the mandolin production and I just wanted to add that I think David Harvey and his crew are building fantastic mandolins.
Bill

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MarkinSonoma

Joined 7/27/2008
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04/04/2014 09:02:51  Reply with Quote

Steve, glad to hear about the mandos. I guess I was misinformed by a guy out here who is big on mandolins and told me they were either really low production or were on the way out completely, don't remember exactly.

As I recall you were in charge of that program some years back. Am I on the right track with that?

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Dobrotome

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04/04/2014 09:14:23  View Dobrotome's MP3 Archive  View Dobrotome's Photo Albums  View Dobrotome's Blog  Reply with Quote

Hey Slideman, Jim Warren and you other Dobro Nuts.
I just got off the phone with Dick Blattenberger........Dick told me years ago about the Blitzenplecker.........and Jim Bennet
Turns out there is a second Blitzenplecker on display at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA.
Dick Blattenberger donated it to Godfrey Daniels many years ago.
So apparently there are two that exist, one at Godfrey's and the other at the dog collar museum.
Slideman....or Jim Warren....do either of your have an illustration or photos of the Blitzenplecker?
Guess I'll have to go to Godrey's and see if they will let me take a photo of the this fine instrument.
Dick Blattenberger mentioned instead of "f" holes the Blitzenplecker has a letter "S" in place of the F holes.
Jim Warren.......hope you are practicing your Doro and your Mandarin.


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SteevarinoPlayers Union Member

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04/04/2014 09:18:58  View Steevarino's Classified Ads  View Steevarino's Photo Albums  View Steevarino's Blog  Reply with Quote

Yes, Mark.  I was the General Manager that had the unfortunate shift (it turns out to be one of those revolving-door positions) of moving the entire Dobro Division from Huntington Beach, CA, along with the entire Mandolin Division from Montana, and moving the Banjo Division across town, putting all three divisions under one roof, that turned out to be a four-story building (that I had to have completely refurbished) in downtown Nashville.  This division got the new name of Original Acoustic Instruments, more informally called "The Bluegrass Division". It was quite a job!  If you've ever seen a punch press big enough to make Dobro body parts, you'll know what I'm talking about.  There were two of them, and they were just a small part of the many pieces of equipment we moved, not to mention (literally) tons of lumber, work in progress, tooling, etc.

Immediately after being jettisoned from The Dark Star, I was urged by the good folks in our division to start my own business, and supply parts for them.  That's how Cumberland Acoustic was formed.  I've been making parts for them ever since, nearly 15 years now.  I have seen this division grow, shrink, get flooded out, close down, and then rebuild itself, in spite of corporate and economic issues.  I'm proud of this division of Gibson, and I daresay I'm a bit proud of the work we have done for them over the years.

Steve

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mike scott

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04/04/2014 11:58:26  View mike scott's MP3 Archive  View mike scott's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

Steve,

Thanks for the updates.  Very informative.  And..........I am glad you spun off, because I continue to really like my cheapo floor sweep Rambler!

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El Dobro

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04/20/2014 18:29:00  View El Dobro's Photo Albums  Reply with Quote

Didn't Jim Bennett pass away some time ago?

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