The Music Store will be closing this coming Friday to pack up for a market booth on Saturday at Nimble Fingers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. Jeremy and Kevin will be departing Friday night, with a full load of instruments, strings and accessories, to Sorrento, B.C. for a Saturday of music and laughs. See you next Monday!
Brian DenHertog performs an original song, Bridesville Cemetery Road, Live from the Pew. Brian is shown playing an Eastman 00 with a solid Adirondack Spruce top. Beautiful music, beautiful guitar. Thank you Brian!
Sahara Jane and Daunt Lee recently played at Kaslo’s Blue Belle Bistro
These two wonderful players show off a Celtic Duo titled Uncle Gerald’s Burnt Potato.
Live from the Pew at Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre.
Come and visit over the MayDays long weekend and take advantage of our annual MayDays sale and spring clearance!
John Kestalic visited the shop awhile ago but I thought now would be a good time to post his visit due to the unusual name of the band he and his brother have formed. ‘No Mothers’ is comprised of two brothers (John and Tony) who both play viola and sing! Story I recall is they had a rule as youngsters that when they disagreed they couldn’t use mom to settle there differences or take sides! Super nice guy with a beautiful handmade viola by Chris Sandvoss who lives in the foothills of Alberta.
This lovely violin had an old crack that was beginning to reopen and fill with grime, as seen to the left. Always more of a challenge when the crack ends blind in the middle of the top!
Below left, apologies for the blurry photo, one can see the caramelized sludge when the crack is flexed for cleaning. Below right is a photo after the crack has been cleaned, one has to be very careful to leave the wood intact while cleaning for a good glue joint.
The middle two photos below show the clamping during glue up and cleating processes. Cleating reinforces the crack and hopefully prevents another reopening.
These fine young fellows (and they did seem young) from Brandon, MB played us a song on a brief visit to the Mtn Fruit the other day. Lovely blend of voices and infectious positive energy. Roman is playing a handmade drum from Bill Machuga of Gold Line drums in Kelowna, Liam, a used Vantage acoustic bass and Dillon, one of the new Eastman 00 models with Adirondack spruce top. All currently available at the Mtn Fruit.
Slide player Jeff Lang knows his music and he knows his guitars. We had a great chat about both and he applied the requisite technique to the 1967 Gibson for sale in the shop right now. The result was impressive and he was impressed. In his words this Gibson is a very nice players guitar with near perfect neck angle, action and tone but not a collectors guitar. As in not mint condition, a few rough spots but nothing major, functional or structural.
Accomplished multi-instrumentalist Marty Hamilton tries out his new Eastman AR 810CE before taking it home! Apologies for the background noise.
How about a Dulsitar?
Recently did a project for Nelson based accomplished musician Andrew Ross. Andrew asked for a left handed dulcimer on a guitar body with some sitar overtones. Only the two plain steel octave strings have the Jawari effect.
Andrew kindly posted a YT video of some inspired playing that arose shortly after he received the modified 1940’s Kay.
If you’ve never seen a marimba band playing instruments they’ve made and you like to dance, now’s your chance!
Karen Behns fantastic community choir will be performing in Argenta tonight at 7:30 at the Argenta Hall and Tomorrow night, Sat the 31’st of May at the United Church in Kaslo, also at 7:30pm.
Moyo Marimba will perform somewhere in the middle of their performance to give the choir a break, see you there!
The fact is that many commercial guitars and violins have poor setup, not all, but many. Here are some photos of a maple/ebony saddle in the spider/bridge of a brand new resonator. The core of this guitar is fine, with decent quality for the money and a very good sounding american made cone from Paul Beard. The saddle however is not that well done and unfortunately it’s an important part of good tone production. These are the sorts of details I address on any instruments that I carry. Most of what I carry doesn’t have these issues but occasionally some of the instruments I sell do need some attention and rest assured that if they don’t get addressed before going on the floor for sale I try to make sure they get addressed before they get sold and even then you need only bring the instrument back to me after purchase and I will deal with these factory oversights free of charge.
This client doesn’t like the traditional raised pick guards and associated hardware found on many mandolins. So we installed a faux tortoise shell directly onto the surface of his Eastman MD 505 A-style Mandolin in classic sunburst. Happy to say there was no significant affect on the tone of the instrument and he was pleased with the function and the aesthetic of the pickguard!
The top was refinished on this 70’s Gibson below (at the request of the owner!) and we used a clear pick guard to replace the original which had left a patch underneath that wasn’t so UV affected. Overall a neat effect as it looks as though the pick guard is made of the same wood as the top just a slightly different hue.
While you are taking in another fantastic Kaslo May Days come and visit Mtn Fruit for discounts on quality stringed instruments! This is our 3rd annual May Days sale and we enjoy a visit and chat from new and returning customers.
As well crafted as Larrivee guitars are this client wasn’t enjoying the aesthetic of the ivoroid binding around the fingerboard and requested ebony replacements. As with many folks cost was a concern so I assessed the situation and decided the binding could be swapped out without a refret which reduces the cost greatly. Tricky job, fitting the replacement binding under the overhanging fret ends but the end result was perfectly acceptable and, as stated, a lot cheaper.
The humorous part of this repair story is I had collected ebony fingerboard offcuts years ago from the dumpster outside the Larrivee factory while living in Vancouver. For all I know the ebony I used of this job actually came from the same piece of fingerboard!
I should add, lest there be any confusion, this client had this done to two Larrivee guitars, thus the different instruments shown in process photos.
We stock and install the popular LR Baggs Violin Bridge Pickup. Getting the most (tone production) out of any violin bridge requires proper fitting and carving of the bridge to your specific instrument. The bridges come as an oversize blank as seen in the photo below. Getting a perfect mate between the feet and violin top as well as correct thicknessing and bridge location are critical to good tone production.
This is especially true for the LR Baggs Superieur Despiau bridge with pick up as an integral part of the bridge. They are expected to perform acoustically and amplified, a bit of a compromise but fitted correctly they are certainly the choice of many violinists and produce enjoyable results in both realms.
Well, for reasons unknown to myself, January is always busy in the repair shop. Thus my lack of attention to the digital realm. Many interesting projects and repairs in the shop right now and with a few more tweaks to the website I hope to share more of what happens in the back room at Mtn Fruit. Thought I would share a photo of this well loved Gibson J-40, almost looks sandblasted around the pick guard, still sounds great and is played regularily!
Will be closed till Jan 3rd. Taking a much needed rest but must apologize for stating in the Valley Voice that I would be open on Christmas Eve till 3pm, I won’t!
See you in the New Year, thx for your support!
Adam casually wandered into the shop a few weeks ago and we hit it off immediately through our mutual love of all things Canadian. Especially the landscape and folk music.
Since winning the FCMF National Guitar Competition in 2010 at Montreal,QC Adam has turned his attention to solo paddle trips in Algonquin Park, Ontario. This park inspired many a painting from the ‘Group of Seven’ and Adam has followed in their footsteps composing original sketches on guitar and choreographing these compositions with film footage from his sojourns. The result is an ethereal beauty that immediately finds a place in the mystery of your adventurous, Canadian heart!
Thanks for sharing your creative energy Adam and we look forward to your upcoming winter album for which I know you are receiving great inspiration and suitable low temperatures in Yellowknife, NWT at present!
Check out Adams CD below and also the Adam Ruzzo’s Facebook for more info.
The guitar Adam is playing is a Cordoba C7 with Euro Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides which can be played and purchased at Mtn Fruit.
You can also listen to this interview and more on Radio Free Kaslo with Randy Morse.
This will be a fantastically eclectic concert merging some world class talent and completely diverse music genres. Collaborating on original and known music will be;
Join us, please, at 7pm tonight (Dec 6th), at the United Church in Kaslo for a skilled, musical and creative journey.
Stanely wandered into my shop back in early October I think, took me awhile to get to this post! He left me with some CD’s which he says were 10 years in the making. All original mandolin tunes (on a Neopolitan mandolin his father acquired in Kaslo I believe) about his time working and exploring as a young man at the North end of Kootenay Lake.
He lives in Montreal now(most of his kids, raised in Montreal, have moved to the Kootenays) but grew up around Nelson and worked in the Lardeau and Duncan Lake area as a young man. His father, William Triggs was the purser on the sternwheeler SS Moyie for a time in the early 1900’s. He returns every year to spend time at his cabin in Meadow creek and this year was working on reclaiming an old indian trail on the North side of Hammill Creek.
Thank you for sharing your music and stories Stanley!
My violin sounds so beautiful I’ve been playing it all morning. I think moving the soundpost really opened the sound and I’m really happy with the way the bridge sounds.
Again thank you so much, I was worried about getting my violin back and it sounding completely different with the new bridge but it really sounds great and I’m so incredibly happy with it!!
Buying a new guitar at Jeremy’s shop was such a pleasure for me. Being a beginner player, I was far too intimidated to go into a big city music store and just start playing guitars.
Jeremy made me feel comfortable and had a great range of instruments for me to try out. His knowledge is extensive and I am confident that I bought a really great product. Now I’m very happily making and sharing music. Janet Pearson, Nourish Cleansing