Ironically . . .10,000 mandolins and 24 years further on down the road . . . I reckon it's time for the '1st true ZETA built acoustic mandolin in history' . . . and for me . . . #10,000 and 1 . . . or somewhere there a-bouts. My good bud Tom Murphy has been breaking this pony in and together with the able assistance from the other 'Lone Mountain Trio' members, John Lowell on Guitar and Kevin Fabozzi on Mando-Cello . . . a beautiful night up on Lone Mountain at Big Sky Resort, Montana . . . was the perfect setting for a good work out and test ride. Giddy-Up . . . ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA 5-String Cello (JV25 Roasted/Roasted) ships out to Frost School of Music (University of Miami). Our Cellos, both 4 & 5-String, are now available for ordering . . . starting at $3,240. All our ZETA Cellos come with 'Body Position' attachments as shown. Available also with Custom Cello stand. Check out our online catalog for more details . . . and/or contact your favorite ZETA dealer. ... See MoreSee Less
A different kind of Montana gun-rack. Fully loaded for Jazz . . . instead of bear. These matched Roasted Chocolate beauties shipped off to Germany and Romania. Hope they don't suffer separation anxiety. ... See MoreSee Less
You know when you're feeling lonely so you decide to have a party and invite just your Cello friends over. Things are going well and then right when someone says, 'Let's take a group picture!", Roasted Charlie shows up with his 2nd cousin . . . you know, Billy Bob Bass. All you want is a pic with your best Cello buds . . . but to be polite and inclusive . . . you take a 2nd picture. Then the Alder twins shout, 'We need a diversity shot!' . . . and before you know it Charlie and Bob need a portrait to update their Facebook profile. Finally the jokes start flying, 'What do you get when you cross a Roasted Fusion Cello with a Roasted Fusion Bass? . . . a Roasted Fusion Baby' . . . and that's when you realize it's just not that bad being alone sometimes. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm loving Ms. Jo A-Ram's latest cover . . . 'Hot Stuff' (Donna Summer_1979) . . . and she's loving her new ZETA Jazz Modern . . . Roasted Maple Top & Neck, Cremona Burst with Custom Inlay and Monogram. You can check out the full version of Ms. A-Ram's video here: youtu.be/1mgLSjR3YVE... See MoreSee Less
Recent sighting . . . a ZETA Crop Circle . . . ready for an early Spring harvest. Roasted Fusions and Classics ripe for the picking. I'm seeing some Naturals, as well as Chocolate or Cremona Bursts. Add a couple of Flame Maple outriggers, perhaps Trans-Blue or Red? . . . what's your flavor? ... See MoreSee Less
The custom inlaid 'Heartbeat' Jazz Fusion (JV44) we made for Nicolas Draps was a show stopper . . . and one of my favorites for sure. His control and self-expression with his new 'Heartbeat' is . . . spectacular! . . . so creative . . . Love it! Thanks for sharing with us Nico. ... See MoreSee Less
What a treat . . . Evan Garr with his ZETA 'Strados' Acoustic Pro 5-string is currently on tour with Al Di Meola and the 'Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour 2017'. You can check out their performance schedule here . . . www.aldimeola.com/tour. Don't miss them if they're in your neighborhood. Evan Garr . . . what can you say . . . oh I know . . . WOW! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for putting yourself on Facebook. I never do facebook but after Dez showed me U on there I can't seem to stay off. I enjoy hearing and seeing you. You are Fantastic keep it up. Luv ya. Auntie B.
I love the processes involved in the start of a new batch. The sorting and matching of beautiful wood for . . . color, flame & grain. Then the layout and band-sawing in prep for machining, shaping & gluing. ZETA's next batch of Roasted Flame and Birdseye for Jazz Fusions and Jazz Classics is well on its way . . . oh boy!
Finishing up on the set-up bench today . . . all dressed up and heading south. Some amazing roasted maple continues to make its way thru our shop here at ZETA. You can check this one out when it arrives at the Electric Violin Shop next week. The wood . . . a natural wonder . . . the instrument a 'Natural' beauty.
Taking flight to Dallas, TX . . . 'Gabriel's Wings' in Pearl, Gold Pearl and Stone. The Chocolate Burst finish on this Roasted Maple Top/Neck perfectly compliments Marek ENETI's custom inlaid ZETA SV24 Strados Modern. Heading into the studio with this beauty next week . . . I can't wait to hear it soar under Marek's masterful bow. Cranking up the GR-55 I believe! ... See MoreSee Less
Since the rebirth of Zeta you've raised the bar. Unfortunate that the previous owners tarnished what was a good reputation. Nice to see you bring it back. Those chocolate burst instruments are stunning!
...posting this in the various The Light Crust Doughboys Facebook Pages and Groups where Marek Eneti Leszczynski Marek Eneti official is a popular official band member of The Light Crust Doughboys. Follow the band and Marek by "liking" our pages and by joining The Light Crust Doughboys In Concert discussion Facebook group.
So how does the sound of ZETA's Jazz Acoustic Pro stack up to the JLP? With Gabe Gladstein in town last week we had the perfect opportunity to find out. We were recording a long awaited looping session with Gabe and thought . . . 'well lets throw this into the mix'. ... See MoreSee Less
Lots of recording here at ZETA over the holiday week. We were sending off our 1st Jazz Acoustic Pro [MIDI] to Bulgaria . . . so we enlisted Kaito Irizarry to stop by and demonstrate the plugged in perspective of this instrument. Kaito loved exploring its' unique sonic signature with the GR-55. Interesting to hear the 'warm character' the acoustic body adds to the ZETA Jazz bridge sound . . . yeah buddy! ... See MoreSee Less
2017 will find ZETA posting to Instagram and Twitter. Join us on one of these platforms if you'd like to 'follow us' in some of our day to day happenings here at ZETA. For instance . . . what's in the pipeline, custom builds, what's shipping, what's new, work shop activity, and other everyday nitty-gritty, etc. Should be fun! And with that . . . here's our first tweet as a sample. Natalie was in town and stopped in to check out a couple of items.
Custom JV45 Jazz Fusion Roasted/Roasted Natural heading out for Christmas. What a beauty! Thanks to everyone for all the support in 2016. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to a great 2017! ... See MoreSee Less
Calvin Vollrath and James playing fiddle tune 'Big John McNeil' at the ZETA booth in Guthrie. Calvin (playing ZETA's Acoustic Pro 5-string) and James (playing his custom ZETA C_Octave Cowboy). ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA is looking forward to a great evening of fiddle music presented by Calvin Vollrath, Canada's Fiddling Sensation, with special guests: Kimberley Holmes (piano) & Clinton Pelletier (guitar). The concert will be held at the Belgrade High School Auditorium. Tickets for open seating are available for $15 at Rosauer's in Bozeman and at the door which opens for seating at 6:30 pm.
Calvin is a musical prodigy, with a huge catalog of compositions, 58 albums, and a mantle full of fiddling awards. For more information about Calvin, visit www.calvinvollrath.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic trip to the International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, OK this last week. Lots of good videos and pics to share. What a great festival! First up is Canadian Fiddler extraordinaire, Calvin Vollrath. In this impromptu video Calvin (playing ZETA's Acoustic Pro 5-string) and James (playing his custom ZETA C_Octave Cowboy) take 'Lady Be Good' out for a ride. I'm lovin' the bottom end the C_Octave puts out there. ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA is heading to Byron Berline's International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma. JAMES SCHLENDER is on the bus and packing his custom Modern SV45 and his Acoustic Pro5. James will be rockin' the late night jam sessions for sure . . . but you can meet him at our booth and just say Howdy! Come join us and check out several custom ZETA's . . . including a JLP5, a Double Edge-Double Lam-Roasted, Roasted, Roasted Choclate JV45 Fusion, Acoustic Pro_4 & 5-strings, a ZETA custom C_Octave . . . and the JM25 MIDI mando. Don't tell anybody were bringing the MIDI though. More festival details found at oibf.com. JAMMIN! ... See MoreSee Less
I actually tried to find it once. I think it was take time it handled Gibson. Also I made a commitment on the sight that Byron Berline have been friends since the early 1960's and played at the fiddle contest.
Byron Berline is a friend of mine from the early 60s. He and I used to play together at the fiddle contest back then
If you ever get to Montana you must go through Steve shop it's absolutely amazing he is a genius building instruments.
After playing out with the ZETA JM25 for about a month . . . Tom graciously came back to check-in and record a looping demo with the GR-55. It's fun to hear him talk about his gigging . . . the heads that turn when audience members can't figure out what just happened on stage . . . 'WOW . . . what was that!' ... See MoreSee Less
Ever since we launched ZETA's 'C-Octave' I have dreamed of recording Nancy Padilla's tune 'The Promise' as a duet with Violin and C_Octave. Natalie's recent hometown visit to Bozeman gave us just that opportunity, and was timed well with the completion of our first modern body instrument with the 'Cowgirl' trim. So here ya go . . . my dream come true! ... See MoreSee Less
ZETA JM25 MIDI Mandolin As seen 1st on Mandolin Cafe . . . ZETA's new Jazz 5-String Fusion Mandolin is alive. Our unique design represents the total 'ZETAfication' of the traditional Florentine mandolin styling. Like its namesake . . . ZETA's all new 'Jazz Fusion' Mandolin, the JM25, combines the best from ZETA's linage: styling, performance, semi-hollow body design, and of course . . . high-tech electronic MIDI capability . . . ie, total compatibility with Roland's performance Synth, the GR-55. Hope you enjoy our demo video as local mandolinist Tom Murphy takes the JM25 out for an initial test pick. This video is long and includes both analog and MIDI samples, and an informative interview with Tom Murphy. ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing our new ZETA->Roland GR-55 cable. This new Synth interface for ZETA finally opens up a host of new MIDI connection possibilities for your ZETA instruments (8-pin) and; (USB) DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, piano synths, etc. And did I mention . . . as Tim and I found out . . . it's just plain fun. ... See MoreSee Less