If you "Santas" are thinking about a new mandolin strap for yourselves or a special person, I urge you not to wait. Order now if you expect it to arrive before CHRISTMAS. It's a busy time for a one man shop! It's a time for families but be smart; stay safe,LOVE
Nov. 14, 2020
New Board Members Elected
Nov. 1, 2020
Here at MSOM we've had our own ELECTION fight going on, But the war is over and I'm proud to announce our TWO newest "Bored" Members, these Heroic LAST RESPONDERS, NYPD'S Officers TOODY and MULDOON!
A Tribute to Bob Trezona
Sep. 2, 2020
Today I learned that on July 2 my dear DEAR friend Bob Trezona passed away at the age of 73. Bob was many things in his life. Bob flew Rescue Helocopters in Viet Nam. On his last flight his "copter" took fire and he was shot down. The explosion left
him scarred, much of his face gone. He endured many months in the hospital most if not all in pain. When he had recuped well enough to work, he looked to his days on the farm and his love for horses and became one of the finest saddle makers in Montana, opening
up the Bitterroot Saddle Shop in the Corvallis,Montana area.
I met Bob one fortunate day about 10yrs ago. He had a small booth at the local county fair. We talked. I told him about my years as a leathersmith and how I was starting a small business making
Mandolin straps for a friend who owned a Vintage String shop in Missoula. Right away he offered any HELP he could be, AND BOY DID HE MEAN IT. That day a friendship started, the likes of which in MY 72 years, I had NEVER had nor never will again.
the years I learned that this kind, caring and GENTLE man had been thru hell on earth, TRULY HELL ON EARTH, and came thru it all with grace, charm, dignity and most of all, concern for others. He could have become just the opposite, Lord he had reason;many
At my age,72, I hear of friends passing now and then, some were acquaintances, very few if any, who shared in my life. I will miss, OH, how I will miss our talks about life, death, love, hate,and hope. i WILL MISS YOUR FRIENDSHIP MORE
THAN MOST. MEN LIKE BOB DON'T COME AROUND, IF EVER INA PERSONS LIFE, CERTAINLY NOT MY LIFE.
BOB,YOU WERE MY SUPPORT, MY MENTOR ABOUT LIFE, A LIVING HERO. REST IN PEACE. I'LL THINK ABOUT YOU TIL THE DAY "I" DIE.
Why my Classified Is no longer on Mandolin Cafe
Aug. 24, 2020
I felt I needed to explain to you all who know me from the Mandolin Cafe as to why I can no longer be found there.
Several weeks ago I responded to a FEATURED classified from Acoustic Disc and ordered 3 downloadable PDF's from The Book of Dawg.
They were, according to the immediately emailed invoice, to be emailed within 24 hours to my address. Several days later, after receiving nothing, I began a week of emails sent to their listed SUPPORT address AND their posted phone number. NO emails were answered
and ALL phone attempts ended with a recording that the number had been "Disconnected and/or Out of service."
I spent the next few days trying to get in touch with Scott Tichoner,first thru the "Cafe", then thru Face Book and or Twitter, perhaps both,
I don't remember. After hearing nothing, I felt that, havng myself been a member for nearly 20 years, folks needed to be made aware that something was not, did not seem right, and that folks should be cautioned before sending any further moneies. To
do this, I used the only option left to me by posting a "heads up" in the classified ads. I came to no conclusions nor did I make ANY accusations, I posted THERE exactly what I am posting HERE, a "cautionary notice."
THAT IS WHEN I FINALLY HEARD FROM
SCOTT. IT WAS AN ANGRY RESPONSE CHIDING ME FOR AN INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE CLASSIFIEDS, BRANDING ME A TROUBLE MAKER AND TELLING ME I WAS NO LONGER WELCOME ON THE "CAFE", ALL for doing the best I could to let SOMEONE/ANYONE know to be careful before sending
money to AD or ANYONE, FOR THAT MATTER, over the internet.
Scott was adament; I was dumbfounded, and my Classifed, known to many was REMOVED. About w week later, Acoustic Disc got in touch with me and my PDF's were sent to me with no real explanation
of why it took 3 weeks to get them but I was thrilled to have them.
So, as the following days passed I had an epiphany, I believe that becaues of the CLOSE ties between the CAFE and David Grisman's Acoustic Disc,Mr. Tichoner took an innocent "heads
up" to my fellow players as some personal attack on his friend and over reacted with his decision.
For nearly 20 years I have been a contributing member. As one whose tiny company of ONE has used his classifieds, I have shown my appreciation by donating
money to his site on a regular basis as often as I could, even though there are those who don't or have yet to.
Last week, I did something I said I would NEVER,EVER DO in my life, (and I just turned 72 yrs.), I sent an apology to Scott for something
I felt strongly needed NO apology. I NEVER HEARD BACK.
IT IS NOW AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY CODE IN LIFE TO TREAT FOLKS FAIRLY. AS A CRAFTMAN FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN BOTH FURNITURE AND LEATHER, MY NAME HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON EVERYTHING I PRODUCE. THE "BUCK" STOPS
AT MY FRONT DOOR! I BELIEVED THEN, AS NOW, THAT THE PEOPLE I SERVE DESERVE THE BEST I CAN GIVE, THE BEST THEY DESERVE. AND THAT CARRIED OVER TO THIS RIDICULOUS SITUATION I SPEAK OF NOW.
BEING ACCUSED OF BEING A "TROUBLE MAKER", FOR THE RIGHT REASON
IS A BADGE I WILL WEAR PROUDLY, EVEN IT MEANS THE END OF MY LITTLE COMPANY! NOW DECEASED REP. JOHN LEWIS SAID, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET INTO " A LITTLE 'GOOD TROUBLE'". I GUESS THIS ONE WAS MINE. STAY WELL!!----ALAN