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Andrew Stevenson – Open-back:
Good evening, Hugh: I hope this note finds you well and the business rolling along merrily. I went down to Nashville, Tennessee two weeks ago and took my Hugh Hunter open back with me to play in the evenings with friends. While there, I dropped into Gruhn Guitars and managed to get Mr. Gruhn to look over your instrument. He examined it very carefully, turning it over and looking at your handiwork, and then proceeded to play it – frailing part of the time; picking part of the time – for about 20 minutes. At the end of his hands-on examination he said that the quality of workmanship was very high; the tone pleasant and clear; and the construction so solid and smoothly done that he could not see how you made any money selling it to me at the price I paid! He thanked me for introducing him to a luthier that he had never heard of and said that handling instruments from new builders was one of the pleasures of the business. Normally, a George Gruhn appraisal costs $50, but Mr. G said he wouldn’t charge me anything because this was the first Hunter he had ever seen and he couldn’t set a market price any higher than what I paid for it. (I gather because there is no demand for a Hunter banjo…at least not yet!) But he strongly recommended insuring it for the purchase price and complimented you on the overall result. Just wanted to let you know. Maybe next time I am down that way again, I will take my Hugh Hunter resonator in! Needless to say, I love both instruments.
Dick Lee - Open-back:
The banjos arrived today (piggy backed Dick Lee and Dave Halls banjos for shipping) - they survived the shipping with no issues - and Dave brought them both over to my house this evening for the unveiling. Absolutely marvelous! I couldn't be more pleased with the way they turned out. The wood looks great - nice grain and color throughout. Just enough variation in the 2 to make them sound different and interesting to consider separately...but they also sound pretty good when played together. The wider and deeper pots (as compared to other banjos of Dave's) give a nice full rich sound....and I think you are right that they will only sound better with age. Thank you for everything - both the advice/guidance as well as the delightful workmanship. A very fitting application for the walnut tree that used to grow in my yard. This will be a proud addition to my sparse (but now growing!) collection of instruments.
Dave Hall - Open-back:
They got here about noon, Hugh. I brought Dick's over to him after supper. They arrived all in one piece and they are beautiful. Thank you for your work. It's extraordinary. And the name plate on the case was a mighty nice touch. We'll have fun. And in the summer I'll bring my banjo to Clifftop so you and it can have a little reunion. Maybe Dick will come too with his..... Thanks again, Hugh. You done good. We are pleased.
Fred Cherney - Longneck Conversion onto an original Vega pot:
Hi Hugh, Just wanted to say thanks again. I couldn't be happier with the neck. The woods, finish, inlays, dimensions, etc. were just what I wanted. Everything suits the old pot really well. By the way, Reed Martin was over yesterday, and played the banjo. IT PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS. I have a gig next weekend, and can't wait to show it off.
Joe Agolia – Banjo-lute:
Hi, Hugh. I finally got a quiet moment to spend unpacking the new banjo and tuning it up. It sounds every bit as beautiful as it looks. The attention to detail is very impressive. When I find myself rediscovering music in a new instrument, I know the relationship will work. I’m looking forward to plugging it in and checking out the sound through my amp.
Larry Orlick – Dobson Style Open-back:
Hugh, just wanted to let you know that I am gonna wear out that banjo you made for me. Just can't seem to play it enough. It seems to continue to settle in and seems to be sounding better and better the older it gets. I smile every time I look at it. It is my constant companion in my office and I smother it with kisses all the time. I just love it! Your banjo and my JB are the banjos that get played the most (far and away) and my other banjos are nice banjos too, but they are sitting in the back of the bus for them most. I stroke them now and again to let them know they are not forgotten, but the "new toy" effect still has not worn off yet and yours gets the most cuddling. The cold season is settling in around here so that means I will be less distracted by outside things to do and will keep the house warm this winter with banjo picking. Who needs some old Dobson when I can have a new Hunter?