December Greetings

We’ll be taking a short break around Christmas, so orders placed after 12pm on Friday, December 19 will beginning shipping on Monday, December 29. (This excludes gift certificate orders, which generate a code automatically 24/7.)

Dear Luthiers,

Once again, it’s hard to believe it’s December. This year, in particular, has been a whirlwind for our team, with Luthierie Camps, Straight Up Strings launch and an uptick in our Signature Mandolin Kit orders — all of which have kept us happily quite busy!

As we head into a slightly mellower couple of holiday weeks and reflect on our year, we each feel extremely grateful for the community of luthiers, and now players (with the addition of Straight Up Strings), we have the privilege of doing business with each day. Many of you have come to be fellow pickers and friends, and we look forward to meeting more of you at conventions, festivals and jams in 2015.So thank you for choosing Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts — as a small family enterprise, we value your business and strive for each interaction to be friendly and personal while providing products that are unequaled in the marketplace.We do have some announcements in store for 2015, including Straight Up Strings for Banjo endorsements and product line-up changes. Our team has been busy planning these since mid-year and we look forward to sharing these with you in 2015.

Moving on to other news, we are thrilled to share that Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. This is especially great news to us because Frank attended Siminoff Luthierie Camp in 2012 and plays the F5 he built at Camp, and finished during the following year at his home shop. As he worked through the completion steps, he shared photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter. Our congratulations to Frank and the Dirty Kitchen band!

We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Thanks for building with us!
The Siminoff Crew

 

P.S. If you’re local to our area, or have friends that are, please do check-out (and share) this January 31, 2015 House Concert put on by Amy and Kali: An Evening with 10 String Symphony.

Straight Up Strings by Siminoff

Diverse Trio of Mandolin Heavy Hitters Endorse Straight Up Strings for Mandolin

Mandolin playing members of bluegrass and Americana up and comers, Town Mountain, Front Country and Foghorn Stringband have each announced they’ve endorsed Roger Siminoff’s recently released balanced strings, Straight Up Strings for Mandolin. Phil Barker, Town Mountain; Adam Roszkiewicz, Front Country, Modern Mandolin Quartet and Small Town Therapy; and Caleb Klauder, Foghorn Stringband and Caleb Klauder Country Band will play the Straight Up Strings on stage and during recordings.

Phil Barker of Town Mountain
Phil Barker of Town Mountain
Credit: Jeffrey Socha

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Straight Up Strings for Banjo: Coming October 1

Balanced Banjo Strings to Debut at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

Roger Siminoff, luthier, acoustician and developer of Straight Up Strings for Mandolin, has announced Straight Up Strings for Banjo will be available Wednesday, October 1 online and in-person on Thursday, October 2 at Siminoff’s Marketplace table at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. Straight Up Strings are engineered with compensated down pressures at the bridge, to make allowances for acoustical differences in strings positioned over the arches of the traditional 3-footed banjo bridge, versus strings positioned over the feet. The result is string-to-string balance in tone, sustain, clarity and timbre, without changing the character of the instrument. Continue reading