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JULY 2016
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Note of Congratulations
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TEACHER FEATURE
 - THE DRUX

TOM & BETTY AT THE MCOTMF
FIDDLE SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN AT LYONS

FIREWORKS & MUSIC IN LONGSWAMP
TIME WHY?S - TURN ON THE 60s
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & OPEN HOUSE
KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL 2016
GOATS CAN SAVE YOU $$$ for MUSIC
UPCOMING FESTIVALS
JUL 10: MAIDENCREEK OLD TIME MUSIC FEST
AUG 13; CHESTER COUNTY FIDDLERS' PICNIC

AUG 27-28: MUHLENBERG RIVER FEST
SHAMELESS COMMERCE SECTION
Congratulations to 'Grexin' for winning the single mic contest at Mountain Folk Fest on June 19. Members of the band include Ethan Bosco, Sydney Jones, Tony Gentile, Brock Lee, Kyle Madeya and James Haggerty. Their prizes include a Louise custom microphone by Ear Trumpet (presented by Crystal Seitz of the Greater Reading Visitors Bureau - left side of photo) , paid gigs at the 2017 Mountain Folk Fest and the Berks County Parks & Recreation Department's Early Bird Fiddle Fest and recording sessions in WEEU's Sound Room. The second and third place contestants 'Uncle Jake' and 'Comeback Trio' were also excellent and won gigs at the festivals and recording sessions. Nice job - all!

JULY EVENTS

July brings us Independence Day, free concerts (Bethany Children's Home, Grings Mill, Hamburg Memorial Park and Longwamp Community Park) and the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival.

MEADOWOOD WILL BE CLOSED FOR VACATION JULY 10 THROUGH 18.

For an updated calendar, click on the static image of the calendar below to view the interactive version on our website.

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Tom and Betty, husband and wife, perform and teach music together.


-- The Half Moon, Oley, May 2016
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TEACHER FEATURE:
TOM & BETTY DRUCKENMILLER

TOM is a wonderful old-time banjo & guitar teacher who's played music all of his life. His musical background influences his teaching. Able to teach basic reading and music theory as components of his instruction, Tom presents those elements to students who prefer to learn them formally. However, Tom's personal preference for traditional acoustic music (which is normally taught by demonstration and by ear) makes him more interested in teaching that way. Tom enjoys working with students who want to play for fun. He's studied under banjoists Gerry Milnes, Craig Johnson, Dwight Diller and guitarists Phil Jameson, Roy Bookbinder, and Norman & Nancy Blake.

Teaching beginning to advanced students, Tom emphasizes listening to music of the past. In addition to teaching all year at Meadowood, he also teaches at Augusta Heritage Center at Elkins College during the summer. 

Tom has produced & hosted a radio program featuring old-time music for more than twenty years. His show, "In the Tradition" has been a charter program on WDIY-FM (88.1 FM) for twenty-one years. He was a reviewer for Sing Out! Magazine, writer for the Martin Guitar Company's The Sounding Board & a member of the steering committee for, "Old Time Music on the Radio," an organization that was disbanded because it accomplished its goal of getting more air time for Old Time Music. Tom continues to host "In the Tradition" on WDIY and now produces and hosts The Sing Out! Radio Magazine which is syndicated nationally, and available on iTunes, Stitcher, Podamatic and on the Sing Out! website, www.singout.org.

BETTY is a rock solid old-time fiddler who teaches her art to beginning through intermediate fiddlers (and violinists who want to become fiddlers). She can reinforce lessons with written notation, but strongly prefers to play and teach in the aural tradition of the Appalachian mountains.  In that tradition, she plays tunes for and with her students and records lessons as her primary teaching methods. She's studied under Dave Bing, Bill Hicks, Bruce Molsky and Mike Bryant; the late Wilson Douglas of West Virginia was also one of her mentors. 

Betty emphasizes listening to traditional string band music of the past, especially styles that combine fiddle and clawhammer banjo. She employs and teaches older tunings characteristic of the old-time style. Betty accepts students of all ages. As someone who began playing fiddle as an adult, Betty has unique insight when she teaches adult beginners. With decades of professional experience working with young children and formal training in early education, she also has special skills to offer the very young student.

While Tom and Betty each give private instruction separately, they also teach together - usually when two or more members of a family who are studying with both Tom and Betty want coaching on how to better play together. Betty gives lessons to one person on fiddle. Tom gives lessons to the other person on banjo or guitar. Both work on the same tunes. Then, both teachers and both students have lessons together, working on playing the tunes with someone else.

This approach has fostered old-time music playing in several local families. One couple, Stan and Shea Zukowski, now hosts old-time jams at King Koffee in Emmaus and maintain the Facebook page, LV Old Time Music Jams, a page that supports their own jam and a separate old-time jam that Tom and Betty host at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem.

Together as THE DRUCKENMILLERS, Tom & Betty have recorded six CDs with their son Nathan and with other musicians sitting in: The Road Home, ‘Til the Clouds Roll By, Harvest Time, Morning Star, Bound to Change and Back Home. The Druckenmiller family has shared the stage with Beausoleil, Byron Berline, Bill Hicks, Jones & Leva, Brad Leftwich, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. Venues include the stage at Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Mayfair in Allentown, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In their most recent performances, they've included honorary Druckenmillers: Norm Williams, Rick Weaver and Stacy Bechtel (last month's featured teacher). Their son, Nathan, who now lives in West Virginia, still performs with Tom and Betty when he is in Pennsylvania.

We are so very glad that Tom and Betty teach at Meadowood.  
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TOM & BETTY AT THE MAIDENCREEK OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL

The eighth Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival is July 10th from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Tom & Betty, with Mike  Andrews, Paula Taylor and Norm Williams, are the founders and organizers of the festival - a one-day event designed to encourage people to PLAY music. All five of the organizers will teach sessions at the festival and perform in concerts throughout the day and evening. Tom & Betty bring the backgrounds and philosophies described in the preceding article to their sessions (Intermediate banjo and fiddle). They will perform a mini concert  from 3:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon and in the evening concert with all of the teachers. 
See the whole schedule of sessions and concerts at mcotmf.org.
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BETTY'S FIDDLE SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN AT LYONS FIDDLE FESTIVAL

Lyons Fiddle Festival, on September 18, has a new feature in 2016. The festival has asked Betty Druckenmiller to offer free beginning fiddle sessions designed for children: pre-teen and under.

She will hold three thirty-minute sessions, one at 10:00, one at 10:45 and one at 11:30 AM. The sessions will be near the Meadowood booth just outside of the festival gate. Aspiring fiddlers can sign up to participate at the session location before the session begins. 

Parents may stay with their children during the session or, if they want to let their children take the session on his or her own, parents may complete a clearance form and leave their children with Betty for the half hour.

Because the session is designed for complete beginners. Betty expects that children may not have their own fiddles. For that reason, she asked Andrews Instrument Rentals provide violins of several sizes for children to use during the session. If a child is really excited about learning more, and a family would like to rent a fiddle after the session. Jon and Katie Andrews will be at the festival and may be assisting Betty with the sessions if they attract a lot of participants. If the sessions have more participants than fiddles, children will share instruments. Betty is prepared to adapt the sessions to the people who come.

FIREWORKS AND MUSIC IN LONGSWAMP

MIKE HERTZOG AND THE BLUE MOUNTAIN GANG
Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 - Rain date: July 3, 2016


Longswamp Community Park - State Street, Mertztown - 7:00 to 9:00 PM

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to attend the Independence Day celebrations at the Longswamp Community Park in Mertztown. The Township does a spectacular job of putting together a great night of family-friendly fun. While the sky is still light, children play in the well equipped playground. Vendors sell food and beverages. Mike Hertzog and the Blue Mountain Gang perform a two hour set of music until dusk. People bring lawn chairs to watch the band, but as soon as the music stops, everyone turns their chairs around 180-degrees to wait for dark to fall and the fireworks to start.

The Blue Mountain Gang knows how to entertain and Longswamp Township knows how to put on a fireworks show. It's great every year. And, did we mention that it's free. See you there!

TimeWhy?s
L-R: Gene Cullison, Frank Drago, Dave Follweiler, Tom Drago, Tommy Vulcano (not in photo) 

TIMEWHY?S

TURN ON THE 60S!

TimeWhy?s, a band based in eastern Pennsylvania, perform some of the best rock from the 1960s: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who... If you haven't heard them yet, you can get samples on line. Time Why?s has seven recordings of iconic tunes on SoundCloud and fifteen recordings on their own website's streaming audio page. Their version of "Summer in this City" has received over 25,000 hits. The recordings, like their live performances, include intricate details of original 1960s recordings. The band's dedication to playing original recorded versions comes from the belief that people want to hear tunes the way that they remember them: instrumentals as well as vocal leads and harmonies.

In addition to covering popular 60s tunes, TimeWhy?s compose and perform original music, including “Paint Me Happy” and “All I Know” - both are among the tunes you can hear online. Their originals, while new, convincingly capture 1960s songsmithing.

All five members of the band are seasoned veteran musicians and it shows in their performances, in how crowds respond to them and in what people who have booked them have to say. 

Dan Hugos, the organizer of the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival and co-manager of the Mauch Chunk Opera House said, “TimeWhy?s performed for us for the first time at this year’s Fall Foliage Festival [2015]. They had a large crowd for their entire set... people were definitely enjoying themselves and listening to the music... tunes we all knew. As festival organizers, that’s what you have to have – people having a great time, and the music transporting them there. We’ll have them back next year for sure – highly recommended!”

Gene Cullison, the band's lead guitarist, is someone we know well. He's been teaching at Meadowood since 2000. His depth and breadth as a musician and drive for continuous improvement are remarkable. We know the other members of the band through Gene. Tom and Frank Drago are brothers. Tom is the lead singer and Frank is the bassist. Dave Follweiler is the band's keyboard player and booking contact. Tommy Vulcano is the percussionist (Tommy's not in the photo above). The quality of the TimeWhy?s music makes it obvious that all five members of the band share Gene's drive to continuously improve.

TimeWhy?s plays at bars, restaurants, fire companies, private parties and corporate and fundraising events in Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey towns that include Allentown, Jim Thorpe, Bethlehem, Easton, Saylorsburg, Phillipsburg and Bath. Their Upcoming Events Page is currently under revision and, for the time being, shows only dates in the current month, but we got a schedule of upcoming gigs from Gene so you can go see them (or book them for your own private party).

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • June 30 - Private Party
  • July 6 - Private Party
  • Saturday July 8, 9PM - 12 AM- The Lakeside 5154 Hamilton Street,
    Saylorsburg, PA
  • July 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Quakertown Borough Amphitheater in the Park at 4th Street, Quakertown, PA - FREE Concert
  • October 8 - Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, Town Gazebo - FREE Concert
  • October 15 - Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, Town Gazebo - FREE Concert
  • October 28, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM - Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que, 3000 Mauch Chunk Road, Allentown, PA 

For information or to book the TimeWhy?s, contact Dave Follweiler: 
484-767-3176,  timewhysband@gmail.com
 

For information about other local musicians, visit our 'Connections to Local Musicians' page where we have captioned photos that link to the musicians' websites and social-media pages.

Until you get to see them live, here's a sample from the 2015 Jim Thorpe Festival.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL, OPEN HOUSE, MUSIC

CLAY ON MAIN - 313 MAIN STREET OLEY
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1:00 - 3:00

  • Pottery demonstrations
  • Children's craft activities
  • Music in the Half Moon Café
  • Potter’s Pantry
  • Information on classes, workshops and studio membership
  • Door Prizes
Free ice cream cone
Make your own ice cream sundae! $5
Hand-made ceramic ice cream bowl $15

KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL 2016

JULY 2 - 10

The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest continuously operated folklife festival in America. It draws visitors from all over the world, highlighting the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and providing both education and entertainment on nine stages.

People age 13 to 54 pay only $10 to attend for a day (students and people 55 and older pay only $9). Tickets for a whole week of admission are just $20 per person. Admission for children 12 and under is free. You can buy tickets online or, if you prefer to pay at the gate, you can print a discount coupon for $2 from the festival's website.

In addition to educational seminars, concerts, dances and food and craft vendors, many children's activities happen every day, including a stage with performances specifically for young audiences. The festival houses the largest quilt sale in America and has an internationally attended Quilt Auction of top prize-winning quilts.

The festival has been featured twice in National Geographic. The Washington Post, called the festival, "one of the most unique festivals on the East coast." For your convenience, we've copied the stage schedule for the festival from the festival website.

Main Stage, 11:00-6:00
11:00-11:45
- Toad Creek Duo w/ Keith Brintzenhoff 7/2, 7/4, 7/6, 7/8 (10:45-11:15 on 7/4)
- Sauerkraut Brass Band 7/5, 7/7, 7/9
12:00-12:45 Bill Meck & Leroy Brown, Dialect Humor
12:45-1:00  Cake Walk w/ Virginville Grange & Bill Meck
1:00-1:45 See Guest Performers/Special Events Below
2:00-2:45 Celtic Martin’s 
2:45-3:00 Cake Walk w/ Virginville Grange & Bill Meck
3:00-3:45 Old Time Country Auction
4:00-4:45 See Guest Performers/Special Events Below
5:00-5:45 The Celtic Martins

Main Stage, 6pm – 8pm
7/2 Mountain Folk Opry – Festival Variety Show
7/3 Mountain Folk Opry – Festival Variety Show
7/8 Cat Elwell & Saucony Grass and Without a Paddle, “A Night of Americana”
7/9 Mountain Folk Opry – Festival Variety Show

Special Main Stage Schedule for July 9th
11:00 - Seasons
12:00 - Best of Show Quilt auction
2:30 - Celtic Martins
3:15 - County Auction
3:45 - Seasons
4:45 - Cake Walk
5:00 - Celtic Martins

Main Stage Guest Performers/Special Events
Ed Goldberg & Odessa Klezmer Band 7/2 & 7/8 -1pm & 4pm
Cat Elwell & Saucony Grass 7/3 - 1pm & 4pm
Reutlingen, Germany’s Hohner Harmonica Band 7/4 & 7/5 - 1pm & 4pm
Red Hat Lady’s – Best Hat Competition 7/5 1:45pm
Acoustic Roadshow, Local Musical Showcase 7/6, 1pm & 4pm
Seasons 7/7 - 11am & 4:15pm
The Zepp Family Band 7/9 - 1pm & 4pm
Boiled Owls 7/10 - 1pm & 4pm
PA German Church Service, Dr. Harry Serio - 7/3 & 7/10 – 10:30am
4th of July Festival Ceremony - 7/4 11:45pm - 12:00pm
Best of Show Quilt Auction - 7/9 12pm - 2pm

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Seminar Stage, Daily - 11:30-5:00
11:30-12:00 Hex Signs & Barn Stars, Myth & Meaning - Patrick Donmoyer
12:00-12:30 
- PA Germans at Gettysburg: Dr. David Valuska
- Mike Rhoads: The Mennonites
12:30-1:00 Schooling, Dr. William Donner
1:00 – 1:30 Spirituality, Dr. Harry Serio
1:30-3:30 Cultural Theme Speakers/Special Presentations
3:30-4:00 Leroy Brown-Life of a Dutchman
4:00-4:30 Bill Meck & Leroy Brown, Dialect Humor
4:30-5:00 Quilts - Utilitarian, Decorative, Collectible

Seminar Stage, 5:00-7:00 - July 2nd, 3rd, 8th, & 9th
5:00-6:00 Crafts of the Festival and Cultural Events, Dr. Bill Donner
6:00-7:00 “Growing Up Dutch” – Bring stories & questions
Seminar Stage Special Events
Liar’s Contest - 7/6, 1:30pm & 7/9, 1:30pm Deitsch Writer’s Fescht - 7/5, 1:30pm Children’s Essay - TBA
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Children’s Stage, 11:15-5:00
11:15-11:45 Marty’s Miraculous Flea Circus
12:00-12:30 Ed and Brenda Hanna, Puppets
12:45-1:30 Keith Brintzenhoff, Storytelling and Music
1:30-2:15 Marty’s Miraculous Flea Circus
2:15-2:45 Ed and Brenda Hanna, Puppets
3:00-3:30 
- Keith Brintzenhoff, Storytelling and Music
- Todd Newman – Children’s Show 7/2 & 7/3
- Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase 7/8 & 7/9

3:30-4:00 Traditional Wedding
4:00-4:30 Marty’s Miraculous Flea Circus
4:30-5:00 Ed & Brenda Hanna, Puppets

Children's Stage Afternoon/Evenings on July 2rd, 3rd, 8th, & 9th
4:15-4:45 Ed & Brenda Hanna, Puppets
5:00-5:45
- Todd Newman – Children’s Show 7/2 & 7/3
- Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase 7/8 & 7/9
6:00-6:45 Marty’s Miraculous Flea Circus
6:45-7:30
- Todd Newman – Children’s Show
- Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase 7/8 & 7/9
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Hoedown Stage, 11:00-5:00
11:00-11:45 
- Sauerkraut Brass Band 7/2, 7/4, 7/6, 7/8 (10:45-11:15 on the 4th)
- Keith Brintzenhoff & Mike Hertzog, PA Dutch Duo 7/3, 7/5, 7/7, 7/9, 7/10
12:00-12:30 Hoedowning, By the Miller Family
12:45-1:15 Sheep Sheering
1:30- 2:00 Hoedowning, By the Miller Family
2:15-2:45 Sheep Sheering
3:00-3:30 Hoedowning, By the Miller Family
3:30-4:00 Sheep Sheering
4:30-5:00 Hoedowning, By the Miller Family

Hoedown Stage, 5:30-7:45
- Zepp Family Band 7/2
- Little Brass Band 7/3
- Reutlingen, Germany’s Hohner Harmonica Band 7/4 & 7/5
- Mountain Folk Duo 7/6 & 7/7,
- Folk Dance Competition: Millers, Martins, Kline & The Country Folks Band 7/8
- Cat Elwell & Saucony Grass 7/9
- Mountain Folk Duo 7/10
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Festival Commons (Central Loop)
Daily
- Noah’s World Animal Petting Zoo Daily Antique Engines
- Farm Demonstrations
- Pony Rides
- Kutztown PA German Cultural Heritage Center
   Hex Sign/Barn Stars, Pow Wowing Artifacts, One-Room School House
11:30 on July 4
4th of July Parade – On the Commons
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Union Church, 12:00-5:00
12:00-5:00 Hymn Singing
12:00-3:00 Children’s games
2:00-2:30 Union Church Tradition
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The Gallows, 12:00-5:30
11:30-12:00 Hanging of Suzanna Cox. (July 4th at 12:30)
1:00-1:45 Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase  
2:00-2:30Bob & Mimi Koerner, Magical Flute Duo 7/5, 7/6, & 7/7
2:30-3:00 Hanging of Suzanne Cox
3:30-4:15 Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase
4:30-5:00 Hanging of Suzanna Cox (*5:00-5:30 on 7/2, 7/3, 7/8, 7/9)
5:00-5:30 Bob & Mimi Koerner, Magical Flute Duo 7/5, 7/6, & 7/7

The Gallows 5:30-7:30
7/2 Grexin
7/3 Acoustic Roadshow – Local Musical Showcase
7/8 Zepp Family
7/9 The Kickbacks

Top Left: The Quilt Room
Bottom Left: Old Time Plowboys Club
Top Right: Food Vendors in Period Garb
Bottom Right: Patrick Donmoyer and Hex Signs

GOATS CAN SAVE YOU $$$

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC, BUT IT DOES HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH GETTING A DISCOUNT AT MEADOWOOD.

Many of you know that Paula is rather fond of goats - especially the four Nigerian Dwarf goats who live with her and Mike. YOU will be fond of Paula's goats too, because you can earn a $5 MEADOWOOD GIFT CERTIFICATE by correctly identifying their names. If you haven't yet learned their names talking with Mike and Paula, you can find the information on the web with just a little ingenuity and effort.

Have a look at the four photos below, do whatever research you need to do to correctly identify the names of the goats. Then, send an email through the link below and submit your entry to earn a $5 gift certificate.
 
Hint: GOAT I is male. GOATS II, III AND IV are female.
You might find something on Facebook :-).
GOAT I
GOAT II
GOAT III
GOAT IV
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US THE CORRECT NAMES OF EACH OF THE GOATS. 

REMINDER
MAIDENCREEK OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

SUNDAY - JULY 10
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
MAIER'S GROVE PARK

GROVE ROAD
BLANDON, PA


To see the workshop schedule and register for workshops, master clinics & concerts, visit the festival web site.
Help out at the Old Fiddlers’ Picnic - Sat, Aug 13
Are you interested and available to help the nice folks at Chester County Facilities & Parks with this year’s Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic on Saturday, August 13? The event is 10 am - 4 pm in the Hibernia County Park. It's a day when musicians and music lovers gather for music and memories on stage and in the woodlands of Fiddlers' Field. There are kids activities, Mansion tours, food and craft vendors. To volunteer, contact 
Jessica Cirilo, Program Coordinator, Chester County Facilities & Parks
313 W. Market Street, Suite 5402, West Chester, PA 19380
610.344.5929 (phone), 610.344.5984 (fax), jcirilo@chesco.org.

MUHLENBERG RIVER FEST

The first annual Muhlenberg River Fest is slated for Saturday, August 27 from 10 AM to 10 PM and Sunday, August 28 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Jim Dietrich Park - 4899 Stoudt's Ferry Bridge Road, Reading PA 19605. It's going to be fun!

From the Jim Dietrich house to the rivers edge, Muhlenberg Township Parks & Recreation department is preparing select locations at some of the most scenic areas along the Schuylkill River to host two music stages, a beer and wine garden, food and arts vendors, interactive activities and fun for all ages.  There will also be an open mic stage on Saturday - you can sign up on the Muhlenberg Parks Facebook page.

For more information about attending or becoming a vendor or performer, you can contact Muhlenberg Township Parks & Recreation department at (610) 929-4727, or visit its website at www.muhlenbergtwp.com.

SHAMELESS COMMERCE SECTION

These are a few of the things in the store that we think are especially cool.

John Burgess NS promo.mp4
NS CR5M Electric Double Bass.
We have one on consignment for WAY less than a new one costs. It is AWESOME!

Martin 00L-17 Black Smoke
Acoustic Guitar
$1799
Buy Now
NS CR5M
Electric Upright Bass
$2999
Buy Now
Martin 00L-17 Whiskey Sunset
Acoustic Guitar
$1799
Buy Now
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