Hey Y'all! Howdy From Anaheim California.
Ken and I got in last night around 9:30 and decided to play it cool. So we missed John Jorgenson. D'oh!
This morning we started before the bell, though Ken and I went separate ways. I went to the Mandolin Café's meet & greet. Got to see Ted Eschliman of www.jazzmando.com
, Scott Tichenor of www.mandolincafe.com
, Stan Werbin of Elderly Music [can't post the URL, but you can guess or look it up], Bruce Harvie of Orca's Island Tone Woods, and bunch of other mando-geeks. Spent the morning chatting with folks about the retail business, the Internet business, running web sites, and playing mandolins.
Afterward, I went straight down to Hall E, where all the best acoustic instruments are, and paid my respects to RH, Tom (surfneptune), and Liz from SCGC. Spent the rest of the day in Hall E trying to see all there was to see.
I'm taking notes, catalogs, cards, and product sheets. Having great conversations with some very nice folks about the cool stuff they're doing. I'll have "Daniel's product highlights" on Monday.
Tonight Ken and I went to the Voyage-Air (Harvey Leach) evening soiree, drank beer, hobnobbed, and watched some very good young talent from an agency called The Savannah Music Group Artists. Made new acquaintances and renewed old ones. At points it seemed like a small rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic reunion. The "headliner" for the night was Thom Bresh. Great picker. Good, funny stories.
More updates later and product descriptions (can't really call them reviews) on Monday.
Wish you all were here!