Journeyed down to Island Park, Idaho last week. ZETA artist James Schlender is currently touring with 'Songs from the Road Band' out of Ashville, North Carolina. Great chance to catch up with James and watch him kill it with his Acoustic Pro 5. Hope you enjoy our montage of the evening at 'Trout Hunters' lodge. James has played in many many of our ZETA videos . . . it was a joy to watch him perform in his element. Be sure to hang for 2:25 to the end. That'll wake you up! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's MIDI 5-String Jazz Mando has left the building. Greg Floor picked up his custom Roasted Birdseye Double Lam this week. 1st pic below is Greg's 1st person view when he opened the case last Thursday . . . and it was all smiles. We spent hours playing with & dialing in his GR-55 and then it was back to Utah. Greg later reported: "I opened the case on Friday and turned on the GR-55 . . . next thing I knew it was 4 hours later!" Greg also picked up ZETA's 1st retrofit Mando bridge. I installed it on his Gibson 'Sam Bush' model. I've spent the last two years developing this bridge and let me tell you . . . there is no boom box effect (problem with all other mando pickups) . . . the bridge action adjusts up and down easily while under tension . . . and best of all . . . the amplified tone of the mandolin directly corresponds to its acoustic tone. I told Greg it just didn't seem right him getting both these great instruments at the same time . . . but he insisted he could handle it. It was a busy and rewarding week here at ZETA. ... See MoreSee Less
"You know I take you there with me . . . In my mind and in my heart"
Happy Mother's Day!
Just recently on the Montana PBS show '11th & Grant' our ZETA C_Octave (Strados) was featured played by local fiddler Chelsea Hunt. The show, featuring songwriter Jim Averitt, aired 2 of the 'Cello' pieces but did not air my favorite . . . 'Mother'. So here is the live feed broadcast for all to enjoy on this special day. I love the warmth of our chin-cello as it reminds me of the many warm and comforting memories of my own mother.
"Every loving touch and kind word . . . and a heart you had to know" ... See MoreSee Less
Tim loved the Roasted Jazz Fusion so much he ordered one and here we are 2 years later. The 'Gypsy Fiddler' inlay idea and drawing came courtesy of his then 12 year old daughter. Thank you Lucy for your inspirational work! We love projects like this.
Tim's concert is Sunday night at the Rialto Theater in Bozeman, 8:00 p.m. - A NIGHT OF GYPSY JAZZ WITH TIM KLIPHUIS AND ALFONSO PONTICELLI.
Next Tuesday morning about 11:00 a.m. we'll be doing a Facebook live broadcast from the ZETA shop here. Tim and Alfonso will be playing some favorites and taking requests. Hope you can join us. ... See MoreSee Less
1st out this week , , , a JLP5 and a JV45 Reissue Black Imbus off to Fly Music, Romania.
A special JV45 Rstd/Rstd Light Cremona Burst custom for Gypsy Jazz Violinist Tim Kliphuis. Tim's in town this week for a concert this Sunday. So great to get to deliver a custom like this in person. More on that in the next post.
And last but not least a stunning JLP5 sent off to Riverside, CA. This is going to one lucky son from a wonderful father. Congrats young man! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA's 'Roasted Maple' models are proving quite popular. We just finished processing our newest batch of Violin bodies featuring our latest shipment of roasted maple. This round we have some exquisite Quilted tops, along with both Flame and Birdseye. I've grouped the bodies in a variety of poses. Available this time is a nice mix and match of 4 & 5-strings models. What's your favorite body style? . . . wood?
There is 1 killer DblEdg DblLam Quilted Fusion that is certainly over-the-top, drop-dead . . . well you know . . . just AWESOME!
In total this batch gives us 5 new Classics, 5 Moderns, 5 Fusions, and 4 Fusion (sequentially matched) Double Lams.
Time to pick the Wood Type, Body Style, Finish Color, and Pickup of your dreams. Lets build it! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA Fusion Basses and Cellos are heading into the spray booth this week. Ready to ship in May.
Check out the matching set of Roasted's . . . ooh la la! A show-stopper for any trio out there. What's your vote . . . Honey Shade . . . Cremona Burst . . . or Chocolate? Hmmm . . . ... See MoreSee Less
Busy couple weeks here at ZETA . . . shipping Moderns and JLP5's out the door. A very sweet JLP5 Fusion headed out to Chicago . . . a JLP5 Imbus off to Belgium . . . and a 3rd JLP5 which is on it's way somewhere. Apparently a fraudulent purchase of some sort . . . more on that later.
Both Strados and Jazz Moderns were sent out. A SV24 Rstd/Rstd to EVS and a SV45_Legacy-Black to California. ... See MoreSee Less
Off to Fly Music, Romania was a JV45 Rstd/Rstd/Rstd Chocolate Burst 5-String. I think this Roasted Flame Maple model is gaining popularity with our friends over there.
Off to Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC: JV45 Fretted (Z-Style Inlay) Rstd/Rstd Cremona Burst 5-String SV24 Spalted Maple Cowgirl 4-String w/Purple Heart Trim JV44 Burl Maple Cowgirl 4-String w/Mahogany Trim
Off to James Schlender in Ashville, NC . . . a backup Acoustic Pro 5-String in our ZETA Buckskin Case. James will be out on tour this summer with 'Songs from the Road Band'. Check out their schedule here: songsfromtheroadband.com/news--blog.html
Off to Marek ENETI in Dallas, TX . . . a backup of his custom personalized SV25 Rstd/Rstd Cremona Red Burst 5-String w/'Gabriel's Wings' inlay. Be sure to scroll to the end and check out this beauty. Only thing better than one of these is two of them. Play well Marek . . . and enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
Total of 9 ZETA's out the door this week . . . including the Roasted Birdseye Strados Viola you got to hear James play in our Facebook live stream last week. If you didn't . . . then check it out just below (~26:50). Then check it out in person at EVS!
Shipments include: 4 - total to Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC; a CV44 Roasted Flame Classic Chocolate Burst, a JV45 Legacy Black Fusion, a SV24 Roasted Birdseye Modern Viola and a CV44 Trans-Red Classic with custom red Jazz bridge. 3 - JLP5's to Fly Music in Romania. 1 - CV44 Legacy White to Elena in Ontario, Canada 1 - JV45 Trans-Blue Fusion with custom blue Jazz bridge (last week's auction item) to Matt Williams in Asheville, NC. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us at ZETA's Shop LIVE TOMORROW, Friday 16:00 GMT w/James Schlender . . . that's 11:00 New York and 9:00 a.m. in Montana. Join us and enjoy James playing our JV45 Jazz Fusion TransBlue beauty, 'the auction item' . . . and request a tune. See you then!
ZETA LIVE: James Schlender just in from Asheville, NC for the auction banquet. Stopping by for a warm up recording session. Any requests . . . ... See MoreSee Less
Join us LIVE TOMORROW at ZETA's shop, Friday 16:00 GMT w/James Schlender . . . that's 11:00 New York and 9:00 a.m. in Montana. Join us and enjoy James playing our JV45 Jazz Fusion TransBlue beauty, 'the auction item' . . . and request a tune. See you then!
CURRENT BID: $2,500 . . . Thank you Antwerp, Belgium! 10th Bid: $2,400 . . . Ramnicu Valcea, Romania! 9th Bid: $2,300 . . . Orange County, CA, USA 8th Bid: $2,200 . . . Ramnicu Valcea, Romania 7th Bid: $2,100 . . . Asheville, NC, USA 6th Bid: $2,000 . . . Bucharest, Romania! 5th Bid: $1,900 . . . Antwerp, Belgium 4th Bid: $1,800 . . . Bucharest, Romania 3rd Bid: $1,500 . . . Dublin, Ireland 2nd Bid: $1,100 . . . Florida, USA 1st Bid: $993 . . . Nevada, USA
Special Auction Item this week . . . a ZETA JV45 Artist Trans-Blue BlackEdge Burst with Flame Maple Neck. This violin also features a Post-Style custom Blue Jazz Bridge and Tail-piece. ZETA Violins is donating this beauty to AALRM.org for their benefit auction.
All proceeds (100%) from the sale of this ZETA 5-String Jazz Violin go to AALRM.org. 'Alive Again Life Recovery Mission' is a local addiction recovery program in Bozeman, MT for individuals of all ages. AALRM provides a safe Christian environment to fellowship, learn and heal from addiction and addiction-related effects . . . putting lives back on track through counseling and individual mentoring.
This years banquet and benefit auction is Friday, March 2nd in Bozeman from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. ZETA fans world wide are invited to bid on this special ZETA Jazz Fusion w/case. Facebook message me your bid. Throughout this coming week as the auction progresses, I will be posting the current active 'winning' bid at the top of this post. Just think - one week from now you could own this special ZETA. Catalog price is $3,540. Send me your bid . . . and help AALRM keep making a difference in many deserving lives. ... See MoreSee Less
C_Octaves dominated our activity this week . . . shipping a beautiful TransBlue Jazz Modern SV45 off to EVS, recording samples from Evan Garr, and Montana PBS television's '11th & Grant' broadcast with Chelsea Hunt playing 2 tunes with a ZETA Burl Redwood Cowgirl C_Octave.
Evan Garr created a beautiful loop sample of One Republic's "Secrets" for me. I've combined it here with his cover of Stanley Clarke's "La Cancion de Sofia". Hope you enjoy Evan's monster ability, his 'monster' ZETA Octave, and the beautiful rendition of both tunes. ZETA's C_Octave . . . I love the many possibilities . . . thanks Evan!
It was a regular Ponty Party this week here at ZETA . . . shipping off 4 JLP5's in total. Well . . . technically only 3 shipped and 1 was picked up in person. Congrats Dennis! That's always fun. 2 JLP5's hit the trail for EVS in Durham NC, USA and 1 headed out to Fly Music in Romania, along with a JV45 Legacy Black Jazz Fusion. ... See MoreSee Less
El Violin Gently Weeps! Patrick Contreras is in fact making us weep here with his 'breakin-in' video . . . taking his new signature ZETA out for a . . . a good cry I would say.
WOW! Thank you so much Patrick Contreras for sharing your George Harrison cover with us . . . your 1st of many great videos to come, I hope. I can see your adjusting well to your signature ZETA 5-string. Beautiful my friend. Maybe send 'El Violin' back and I'll add a thorn and some tears to your Rose . . . ... See MoreSee Less
I have an old JV44 (early 2000s (newer volume knob; bridge w/ newer footing; non-imbus neck)) - totally functional and playable, but has a few chips/scratches and the paint is really worn out. Would you be able to quote me what it would cost to sand & re-paint? I can send pictures.
Wow! I should have mine updated. I had #24 or 25, JV5-string, but it had to be replaced because the neck was cracked in shipping. I stopped playing when my midi controller died and no one could fix it around here. I needed this motivation! Beautiful!
How much does this Zeta! Thank you ! ... (Y)
Is this a jazz fusion? Is it available with regular pegs too?
Wow that turned out great. I’ve gone one to send to you! Definitely need to make this happen with mine!
Got my 5 string in 91. Still playing it. No major problems. Best violin ever.
Yes, our ZETA Violas are going out the door. 1st one this week. A beautiful Cremona Burst Spalted Maple SA24 heading to Utah. The sound is quite distinct and magical . . . full bodied and rich . . . very well balanced. Interesting to me the spectrum produced with the longer scale length of the Viola . . . 'C' string 'BIG'!
Next week . . . a Chocolate Burst Roasted Birdseye/Flame with Roasted Birdseye/Flame Neck SA24 . . . is in setup now and will be ready to ship to EVS in Durham, NC. ... See MoreSee Less