It is an exciting day here at Folkmusician! We just received a nice shipment of Weber Mandolins and couldn't wait to open the boxes and check them out. Granted we have seen plenty of Weber Mandolins in our day (and have always been impressed), but these particular mandolins were our instruments and destined to be bound to some lucky players! Granted a lot of this is no surprise. As said, we have seen our share of Weber's over the years, but how can you not get excited anytime you are opening a box and pulling out a quality instrument!
The first thing you notice about a Weber is the case (assuming it is in one at the time). ON a lot of mandolins, you would whip open the case without a second thought. The weber case causes a pause. These are made by one of the premium case makers and the quality shows. There is also this pleasing smell when you open it. It does not have that strong adhesive smell that many cases overwhelm you with when first opened. No, this is more of a mixture of seasoned wood (from the mandolin), with an airy sent from the case. A pleasant experience in itself.
From there, the detail of the case shows quality throughout. The mandolin is well suspended, the neck brace conforms nicely to the neck, the headstock is kept away from the sides. The handle is nice, well stitched leather. Yes, the case alone is something to get excited about, but the real treat is of course the Weber Mandolin itself.
Even the lowest models have good seasoned woods used. Surprisingly, you will see flaming on most all of the models, and very nice flaming as you move up to the mid and higher range Weber's. How much of this shows through has a lot to do with the stain used and this is determined by the model. The Gallatin for instance, has a darker stain to it. This is translucent and you can see the flame, but it is not as obvious as the lighter stained mandolins. Speaking of this "darker" finish, it is actually very attractive and a great choice for some that may not prefer the traditional sunburst mandolin.
Our batch of mandolins here covers the spectrum with both A and F style, Oval and F holes. Variety is the spice of life right? These are unique instruments that share some common features. What features might these be? Well, I am glad you asked! Weber's own cast tailpiece is used across the board and each mandolin is fitted with an original Brekke Bridge made from ebony. Up top, the nuts are quality bone and the tuners are by Grover.
We will be going through each model individually and giving them some love. Until then, Happy picking!
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