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A little bit about us at "The Mandolin Store"
Dennis Vance:From the time we could talk my dad had my brother and I singing. Dad did his best to get me to play the guitar with him but I had little interest. Dad would tune the guitar to open tuning and pay me a dollar to play, but I'd take the dollar then go back to playing ball. I finally got interested in playing guitar around the time I was in the 6th grade. My mom says dad would come home from work and I would be in my room playing guitar with old Hank Snow and Flatt & Scruggs records.....dad would just grin. My dad always traded around with musical instruments so you never knew what he would pack home from the flea market. Guitar was always my main instrument and first love. I remember my first exposure to a mandolin. Dad had traded for a Hondo A style and I was fooling around with it in the back seat on the way home from the flea market. I was hooked! In addition to playing music I love to play softball and bass fish.
My first job was working in a hardware store. I wound up making a career of that and spent over 20 years in the hardware business. The last ten of those years, I spent as a District Manager for Ace Hardware and did a lot of instrument trading during that time as I was always looking for the next best thing. Working for Ace Hardware, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see beyond the surface of how people operate their businesses and attend many business seminars. After 10 years, I was growing tired of spending so much time behind the windshield of a car. I decided it was time merge what I had learned in my career and what I had learned trading musical instruments. Now I can share my knowledge and love of fine instruments with you. I present to you "The Mandolin Store".
Kathy Vance:Kathy won't let us put her picture on the website. She mumbled something about the "witness protection program" but I think she's lying! Kathy spent her career as a nurse before taking over the accounting for The Mandolin Store. Before Brian came on board, Kathy was working heavily in the shop fielding phone calls and packing orders. She still helps us out from time it time when it's busy
Brian Farmer: Anyone who calls or visits the shop has met Brian. Brian was installing carpet before working at The Mandolin Store. It's convenient having a carpet installer in the family..........but you should see his knees. It's not pretty. Brian's been playing guitar since he was 13 and he loves Les Paul's. He's been a member of our team since 2006. We have converted him to an acoustic player....I think. Brian is married and his wife is a nurse and in addition to playing music Brian loves to play softball in his spare time. Brian does all of the set up work and repairs as well as sales.
Brian, Kathy and I want to thank you for visiting "The Mandolin Store" and we want you to know that nothing is as important to us as your total satisfaction. Having played musical instruments for over 30 years, I know that having the right instrument, with a proper setup, means everything. Buying online can be scary but you can rest easier knowing that we personally inspect and set up each instrument before it ships to you. We are family owned and operated and will do our best to make you feel like our extended family while shopping with us