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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 seiminars. 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.
Brian Farmer: Anyone who calls or visits the shop has met Brian. Brian was installing carpet before working at The Mandolin Store. It's real nice having a carpet installer in the family..............but you should see the boys knees. It's not pretty. Brians been playing guitar since he was 13 and he loves Les Pauls. 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
Adam McIntosh:Adam started playing guitar at 11 years old. At 16 had formed a band and started playing at a theme park in Ohio in the summer time. After graduating high school he hit the road with Rounder Recording Artists the Dry Branch Fire Squad where we played guitar, and sang harmony, and recorded one record titles "Live at the Newberryport Fire House". After living on the road for 3 1/2 years, he met Jessica who soon became his wife, and he decided he needed to be at home. It didn't take long for the road to come knocking again. In early 2006 Joe Mullins formed the Radio Ramblers, and recruited Adam to play guitar and sing lead, and harmony. While with Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Adam recorded a total of 4 projects. 3 of which were Rebel Records releases. The band enjoyed mounting success having a hit all gospel project called "Hyms from the Hills", and the current hit record "They're Playing My Song", and earning the International Bluegrass Music Association's - Emerging Artist of the Year for 2012. Adam now works at The Mandolin Store now and enjoys being home with his family.
Adam, 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, properly set up, means everything. Buying on line 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