Steve Carlson

Steve_AboutRaised in Boulder, Colorado, Steve moved to Bozeman, Montana to study Architecture at MSU in 1972. His passion for banjo playing led him to opening a music store, “The Backporch Pickin’ Parlor” in 1976. At that time there were numerous quality guitar brands available; Martin, Mossman, Gurian, Taylor, as well as quality banjo brands; Ome, Stelling and Deering. The Pickin’ Parlor became well known throughout the northwest for the many high quality instruments in stock, and people would drive all the way from Seattle and Denver just to pick on, and from, the banjo selection . . . but there was no such thing as a quality mandolin available . . . which was quite frustrating for Steve.

In the summer of 1977 Steve and his wife Maxine went to their first bluegrass festival, the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Henderson, Colorado. It was at that festival that Steve came upon a card table vendor setup with two little mandolins that sounded just great. Steve thought these mandolins would be a great addition to the Pickin’ Parlor and he immediately bought both of them, taking them back to Montana. Over the course of the next year Steve had sold and reordered about 10 of these mandolins and then the maker, Chuck Morrison, informed Steve that he would not be making any more mandolins. It was just not profitable for him to continue. Chuck was a guitar maker and did repair work for a local Boulder music store. Steve, frustrated with the thought of losing this great mandolin for his store, quizzed Chuck about how hard it would be to build these mandolins (and being extremely entrepreneurial Steve had considered that; since he had sold 10 of these mandolins in the course of a year, in the little town of Bozeman, then surely every store in the country could sell them). Chuck seemed to think it would be possible to learn so Steve convinced his friend Dennis Balian to partner with him to setup and build these little mandolins. For $200 Chuck sold Steve and Dennis a single page plan/drawing of the mandolin and a list of the tools they would need. They bought a bandsaw, drillpress, belt/disc sander, and a spray gun, but despite best efforts, it seemed they could not get past the dovetail joint. Steve was always busy with lessons and Dennis was busy playing music and skiing. Mandolins were just not happening.

In December 1979, the Carlson’s were visiting Steve’s folks in Boulder for Christmas, and they met up with Chuck for lunch at the Boulderado Hotel. At that time Chuck’s desire was to leave Boulder and move to Vermont where he wanted to live and build classical guitars. Steve still wanted to build mandolins so he convinced Chuck to move his family to Montana and build mandolins first, for at least a year. Vermont wasn’t going anywhere, so why not build some mandolins on the way? Steve bought out Dennis from their partnership and Chuck and Steve became partners in the new ‘Flatiron’ mandolin company. Early sales continually outpaced production which became a source of contention between Chuck and Steve, and while remaining friends, the partnership never really worked all that well. After a year was up, Steve bought out Chuck, who then moved on to Vermont.

With Chuck’s departure, Steve’s role in the Pickin’ Parlor diminished as he dove headlong into retooling and fixturing the fledgling mandolin company. First help and insight into jigs and such came from Dave Brough, a local violin maker. It was however, a chance meeting with Bob Taylor at the summer NAMM show in Chicago, probably 1981, that really changed the course of things. Steve was sharing a booth with Greg and Janet Deering and all three; Flatiron, Deering, and Taylor were staying at the same $34/night motel about 30 miles north of the McCormick Convention Center. After setting up their booths they all went out for pizza. For some reason Bob really got a kick out of listening to Steve talk about different problems with production and he offered up an endless stream of suggestions. Things he had gone through at Taylor Guitars, things he had tried, what worked and what didn’t. Steve and Bob developed a fast friendship and for years their conversations would go something like this. Steve: “We’re having a problem with ‘A’, and this is how we currently do it.” Bob: “Yes, we used to have that problem, and we fixed it by doing ‘B’. But I’ve thought about it a lot and if I had the time I think I would try ‘C’.” Steve: (2 weeks later) “Bob, man you’ve got to set up and do ‘C’. It works great! Just perfect! Now our problem is ‘D’, and this is how we currently do it.” To which Bob would reply: “Yes, we used to have that problem, and we fixed it by doing ‘E’. But I’ve thought about it a lot and if I had the time I think I would try ‘F’.” Steve: (2 weeks later) “Bob, it’s fantastic!” . . . well you get the idea.

Steve is probably first and foremost a puzzle solver. He likes asking questions, and excels at finding the answer. He is a romantic who likes to think through the possibilities of ‘why not?’ He simply loves making great stuff. With the purchase of ZETA he’s now put himself back in the instrument making mode, something he loves to do and excels at. With his first 44 new Zeta’s nearing completion he can’t wait to jump into the next batch; buckeye burl, redwood burl and macassar ebony. The 1st new Zeta Upright Bass and Cello are going together now and Steve is looking forward to building a custom matching set of instruments.

“The path leading to what one finds merit in doing is most often found by taking a step forward”
Steve Carlson

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4 days ago

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I started playing (I mean learning) banjo when I was 18. My hero was John McEuen, banjo player and multi-instrumentalist with the Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band. 'Clinch Mtn. Backstep' and 'Randy Lynn Rag' ('Uncle Charlie' album) . . . unbelievable . . . I wore that album out. When I first saw the 'Dirt Band' perform live at Tulagi's on the Hill in Boulder, CO (circa 1972) . . . I could only marvel at John's banjo and fiddle playing. I grew to love that music more and more . . . and who could have guessed that love, that passion, would grow to mold my life and career.

John McEuen was first introduced to ZETA when John McFee (of the Doobie Brothers) loaned him his ZETA fiddle during a gig at Cheyenne Frontier days. It was the mid-80's and after that first introduction John pursued getting his own ZETA . . . and has been playing one ever since.

I've been following John's music and career for so many years, including the 'String Wizards', and enjoyed reading his recent book 'The Life I've Picked'. WOW - what a great read! So now here it is, ahh . . . well . . . ahh - a long time later, and as the owner of ZETA Violins I couldn't help but reach out and see if he was interested in replacing his old ZETA with one of our current Acoustic Pros. He thought it a grand idea and so his new ZETA fiddle was born (after a little collaboration of course).

In John's words:
" It is unusual, this fiddle. I almost feel like someone 'did a deal with the devil' as from the first bow draw I sounded better than I ever have, which continued as I played it .... and then tried it out in a concert. It continued to make it just seem easier, and like a great book, it was hard to put down! Then taking it to its first show yesterday (Sat., 3/15), at the incredible Folly Theater in Kansas City, many people went out of their way to say 'that's a great fiddle'... Rodney Dillard (I had him on the show too) even commented that I had never sounded better and he has heard me since the beginning. Thank you Zeta/Steve for making my music , and because of it my show, better!" John McEuenโ€ฆ

. . . and thank you John McEuen . . . a full 'Circle' for me for sure my friend. Hope to see you on the road one of these days.
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What a story. Keep up the good work Steve.

Mark Condit

Nice one! ๐Ÿ’–

What a great story!

Wow! Thank you for sharing!

Awesome instrument.

Cit costa una?

Great story

Very cool

5 days ago

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ZETA's shipments made it to the post office despite our snow and cold here in Montana. Shipping a very nice variety of Legacy, Artist and Custom models to North Carolina (EVS), Illinois, Texas, UK, Romania and Ecuador! Wow . . . 1st time to Ecuador.
Enjoy your ZETA my friends!ZETA's shipments made it to the post office despite our snow and cold here in Montana. Shipping a very nice variety of Legacy, Artist and Custom models to North Carolina (EVS), Illinois, Texas, UK, Romania and Ecuador! Wow . . . 1st time to Ecuador.
Enjoy your ZETA my friends!
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Nu la rosie

ุณุฑู…ุฏ ู†ุฌุงุญ

Beautiful. Love those violins.

Hesham Kamal

Kenny would love these

Very nice

Wow the green is outta sight

Fiyatlar nedir

โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Always stunning!

Teresa Joy - see?

ZETA ( Steve Carlson ) the best World

Preศ› la ceea verde?

Vreauesi eu una cum pot ave situ sau sa vorbesc cu cineva ศ™i cat coasta

1 month ago

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ZETA's 'PHAT' Thursday offering this week is a Strados Modern featuring a Tobacco Burst Flame Top with a Straight Maple Neck, Traditional Pegbox and Gold Trim . . . available as either a SV24 or SV25. We made both a 4-string and a 5-string matching neck, so it can be ordered either way. Currently it is setup as a 4-string and added to our 'Field of Dreams' inventory . . . available to ship . . . now.

For Pricing, Details and Ordering 4-String . . . click here: zetaviolins.com/product/sv24-artist-flmmp_stmp-tobbrst
For 5-String . . . click here:
zetaviolins.com/product/sv25-artist-flmmp_stmp-tobbrst

That's 'PHAT' . . . Pretty Hot And Tempting . . . by ZETA.

ZETA's current 'Field of Dreams' inventory . . . click here:
www.facebook.com/pg/zetaviolins/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1998002306980146

For general Ordering, Payment and Check-Out info . . . click on our 'FAQ's' link here:
zetaviolins.com/faqs . . . and follow the questions, 'How to Order', 'Purchasing from Overseas' and 'Payment Options'.
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๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Hesham kamal

Only problem is you're putting these adverts under my nose and I'm poor. Great player, in love with your products, just poor.. ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜…

Send it to me!

I’m glad that 5-string neck doesn’t have frets, or else I’d be very tempted.

1 month ago

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ZETA's January shipments also included a nice trio of Cellos. Two headed off to Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC. A Trans-Blue Artist and a Ensemble Model - Natural Alder Top with an oil finish. Check them out next time you stop by their shop!
A special order Fretted model, also Alder top, was picked up at our ZETA shop by a Livingston, MT customer . . . quite fun to play.
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Shana Tucker will be ecstatic!

Absolutely perfect!!

Amazing!!!! Beautiful!!!@ 100%

2 months ago

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ZETA's trip to NAMM this year was a great time hangin' with ZETA Artist Patrick Contreras. We enjoyed meeting up with Matt Bell of the Electric Violin Shop . . . and the many players and 'Violin People' at Matt's 'Violinist Meet-Up'.

Meeting with our friends, customers & vendors is always a good time. This year Patrick and ZETA spent a good amount of time testing equipment and lookin' for a good jam.

Check out some of Patrick's Jammin' here: vimeo.com/315541491

ZETA also spent some time with Rob and Allison Turner at EMG . . . going over specs for the new ZETA Mandolin Pickup & Preamp.

The whole NAMM trip was topped off with a wonderful Italian dinner at Carolina's . . . where Patrick treated us to an evening of . . . well . . . the many sounds of Patrick Contreras. WOW!

Patrick's cover of 'House of the Rising Sun' had many of Carolina's patrons peeking around the corner to 'see who it was': vimeo.com/315544962ZETA's trip to NAMM this year was a great time hangin' with ZETA Artist Patrick Contreras. We enjoyed meeting up with Matt Bell of the Electric Violin Shop . . . and the many players and 'Violin People' at Matt's 'Violinist Meet-Up'.

Meeting with our friends, customers & vendors is always a good time. This year Patrick and ZETA spent a good amount of time testing equipment and lookin' for a good jam.

Check out some of Patrick's Jammin' here: vimeo.com/315541491

ZETA also spent some time with Rob and Allison Turner at EMG . . . going over specs for the new ZETA Mandolin Pickup & Preamp.

The whole NAMM trip was topped off with a wonderful Italian dinner at Carolina's . . . where Patrick treated us to an evening of . . . well . . . the many sounds of Patrick Contreras. WOW!

Patrick's cover of 'House of the Rising Sun' had many of Carolina's patrons peeking around the corner to 'see who it was': vimeo.com/315544962
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Wanted to go so bad!! Hope the show was a huge success!

2 months ago

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ZETA January shipments were out the door just as we left for NAMM in Anaheim, CA. This years early shipments included our 1st Jean-Luc Ponty models for 2019 . . . shipping to Fly Music in Romania (2-Imbus and 1 Fusion). Shipping to Electric Violin Shop in Durham, NC was an Acoustic Pro 4 and Pro 5 . . . plus a spectacular special order custom JV45 Trans-Blue Black Edge Burst, Flame Maple Top/Neck, Dbl-Edg, Dbl-Lam, with the 'Heartbeat' inlay in Silver Wire. A big 'BIG' thanks goes out to ZETA Artist Nicolas Draps for allowing us to use his personal design as a new ZETA insignia. I LOVE IT! Thank you Nico! (check out his work here: www.nicodraps.com/)

It was just in December we made the 1st Trans-Top Green with Black Body/Neck and I'm lovin' that combo. Our 1st in 2019 is a Trans-Red Black Body/Neck heading out to Russia.

Sometimes when your not sure which model you want to order we send out a demo so you can try the 'sound and feel' of a particular model over another . . . perhaps its Jazz vs Strados, Imbus vs Fusion, Wide vs Sandard or Slim, etc. Our final violin shipment was just that . . . a Reissue Black Imbus to Pennsylvania. Can't wait to make his custom. Enjoy your ZETA my friends!
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The best violins in the world Zzettaa๐Ÿ˜š

Stunning!

That blue one is hot!

Choosing which one is right is my problem living in Western Australia! I think I need to chat!

2 months ago

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ZETA's 'PHAT' Thursday delight this week is a CV45 . . . a Jazz Classic featuring a Tobacco Burst Flame Top and Neck with traditional Pegbox and Gold Trim. This beauty is added to our 'Field of Dreams' inventory and available to ship . . . now.

For Pricing, Details and Ordering . . . click here: zetaviolins.com/product/cv45-classic-artist-flmmp_flmmp-tobaccobrst

That's 'PHAT' . . . Pretty Hot And Tempting . . . by ZETA.

ZETA's 'Field of Dreams' inventory . . . click here:
www.facebook.com/pg/zetaviolins/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1998002306980146
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โœจ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

MmMh Gustoso...sicuramente anche, costoso ๐Ÿ˜„

Piฤ™knoล›ฤ‡

So beautiful!!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Veronica Miller

Aida Lemus

Lauren Munzer Eugenio

Preศ›?

$$$$$$

That is gorgeous!!!

Ce preศ› are

I wish I had one !!!!

Zeta classic! Beautiful and great electric violin!

Beautiful!

Drool.....

Where can I listen to its sound?

Wow!

2 months ago

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It's 'PHAT' Thursday here at ZETA. Today marks the beginning of our weekly 'FOD' series . . . ZETA's very own 'Field Of Dreams'.
This weeks 'PHAT' offering is a beautiful JV45 Reissue Trans-Blue Black_Edge Burst, Flame Maple Top, Imbus Neck with Gold Trim . . . all dressed up and ready to ship.

Available to order here: zetaviolins.com/product/jv45-reissue-trans-blue_blkedgbrst

That's 'PHAT' . . . Pretty Hot And Tempting . . . by ZETA.
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Beautiful instrument

Ma quanto costa???????

Incomparabile

Aida Lemus

ูƒู… ุงู„ุณุนุฑ. ูˆุงู„ุดุญู† ู„ู…ุตุฑ

Pret

Love it love the color

Ma quanto costa?

Pret?

Highly recommended! A real piece of art!!

Mmmm lo voglio anche io!!!!!!

ูƒู… ุงู„ุณุนุฑ ูˆุงู„ุดุญู† ุงู„ู‰ ุงู„ุณุนูˆุฏูŠุฉ

ููŠ ูƒู… ูŠูˆู… ูˆุชูˆุตู„

Want!!!!

Preศ›?

This is a master piece! As usually ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ™

Vinny Amerikanac

Perfect color love it

Any cellos!?? Love your desing work and sound.

Zeta violin and Steve Carlson the best !

Zeta the best 100%

Amazing

Zeta are the best

Perfect time to show off the ladies of Phat Strad playing our purple Zetas at CES in Las Vegas.

3 months ago

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Could it Be? . . . a sparkly Templar Treasure mysteriously eludes the Oak Island Treasure Hunter's and finds its way to our ZETA shop.

A real 'Top-Pocket Find' . . . Could it Be?
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What are the prices for a zeta 4 string strasdo

Really i love Zeta violins

That’s a Vegas Violin if I ever saw one. Haha.

That’s the perfect shirt, and a heck of a fiddle, to boot!

Omg I need my jazz fusion like this!!!!

Looking for a new one

One of a kind Steve๐Ÿ‘Œ

Super Vioara Zeta

That’s hot!

I like the instrument, but off with the dazzler

Violin Felicitari

3 months ago

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Wrapping up a great year here at ZETA. An eventful year for us as we started shipping our Violas, Cellos, Basses and MIDI Mandolins. Merry Christmas Chicago, North Carolina, Germany, Romania, Florida, Washington and New York. ... See MoreSee Less

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โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ‘♥๏ธ๐ŸŽป♥๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

Zeta nr1

๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ž

ู…ู…ูƒู† ู†ุนุฑู ุงู„ุณุนุฑ ูˆูƒูŠู ุชูˆุตู„ ู„ู„ุณูˆูŠุฏ

๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜‡

๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ

4 months ago

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ZETA's Fall shipments 2018 . . . a nice variety of customs mixed with our standard models.
Hello France, Romania, Finland, Italy, Argentina . . . California, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and points beyond. Enjoy your ZETA's!

Winter has set in and I'm working hard finishing up our ZETA mandolin . . . launching soon!ZETA's Fall shipments 2018 . . . a nice variety of customs mixed with our standard models.
Hello France, Romania, Finland, Italy, Argentina . . . California, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and points beyond. Enjoy your ZETA's!

Winter has set in and I'm working hard finishing up our ZETA mandolin . . . launching soon!
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Nice work!

ูƒู… ุงู„ุชูƒู„ูุฉ ุŸ

can't wait to get my "Zeta" mandolin. See you soon.

Meraviglioso!

Foarte frumos succes felicitฤƒri sฤƒnฤƒtate

7 months ago

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ZETA's flagship JLP5 Jazz Fusion Violin heads out to the the Cremona Musica Festival & International Exhibition in Cremona, Italy. AWESOME!
Our summer here at ZETA just keeps sizzling with several beauty's leaving our shop, shipping worldwide . . . just last week!
Browse through all our shipments this summer:
www.facebook.com/pg/zetaviolins/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1769846009795778
Listen to Evan Garr performing with Jean-Luc Ponty at Chene Park, Detroit, MI: www.facebook.com/zetaviolins/videos/1429746827161872/
Watch Evan as his new ZETA Signature JV45 Model is revealed for the 1st time:
www.facebook.com/zetaviolins/videos/257089644912898/
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Wow

Velasüto Khusoh

I think I will learn to play the violin so I can have one of these beautiful instruments.

I wish a one with 4 strings

Wow #fantastic I love Very much๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿค—

ุงุฑูŠุฏ ุงุดุชุฑูŠ ูƒู…ุงู†

Amazing job to you and your crew Steve for what you’ve been doing with the Zeta brand - it’s better than it ever was! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

เคฌเคนเฅเคค เคธเฅเค‚เคฆเคฐ เคœเฅ€

how mach

Also - what was different about the neck width on Evan’s custom Fusion, that the two of you were discussing in the video?

7 months ago

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Finding time to work on Vintage ZETA's is always rewarding in the end. Kind of like revitalizing the ZETA troops out there. When packing for shipment back to their owners I find myself humming . . . 'On the Road Again . . . 'Finding time to work on Vintage ZETA's is always rewarding in the end. Kind of like revitalizing the ZETA troops out there. When packing for shipment back to their owners I find myself humming . . . 'On the Road Again . . . ' ... See MoreSee Less

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hola nos gustaría sabe el precio

ุงุญู…ุฏ ุงู„ู‡ุงู†ูŠ

7 months ago

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'Sunset Drive' . . . Jean-Luc Ponty live at Chene Park with special guests Evan Garr and Ralphe Armstrong. ... See MoreSee Less

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get it Evan!

You are astounding and inspiring.

AMAZING !!!!!!

That's so great!

Yes sirs!

Amazing.

7 months ago

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Seeing Jean Luc Ponty and his band perform anytime is a rare and special treat. But adding to our enjoyment . . . we were able to spend some real quality time with ZETA Artist Evan Garr. The entire event (two days) was magical indeed. Hope you enjoy our album of photos covering ZETA's trip to Detroit, Baker's (Piano Lounge) Jazz Club, and Chene Park.Seeing Jean Luc Ponty and his band perform anytime is a rare and special treat. But adding to our enjoyment . . . we were able to spend some real quality time with ZETA Artist Evan Garr. The entire event (two days) was magical indeed. Hope you enjoy our album of photos covering ZETA's trip to Detroit, Baker's (Piano Lounge) Jazz Club, and Chene Park. ... See MoreSee Less

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Va rog sami trimiteti viori de vinzare si cit costa se poate?

Great stuff

7 months ago

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Chene Park sound check with Jean Luc Ponty, Jamie Glaser, Rayford Griffin, and special guests Evan Garr and Ralphe Armstrong. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great stuff!

Dope

I absolutely love my two Zetas. Best electric violins!

THAT brought a smile to my face!! Heir Apparent!!

Classic ponti riffs, sound and blasting back to 70’s!

7 months ago

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Jean Luc is in town . . .
ZETA's in town . . .
it's Wednesday morning . . .
we're all rev'd up to see him share his magic at Chene Park . . . T O N I G H T !

But first . . . Detroit . . . the Motor City. ZETA arrived Tuesday and our 1st stop . . . deliver Evan Garr a new engine . . . his 'Evan Garr' signature Jazz Fusion. Eight months in the works . . . take a look and a listen and see what you think?!
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Saw you Wednesday night you were great.

Wow thanks soooooooo much for sharing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

I love ponty love to here this played

It's a beauty!

Congratulations!!!

You’re gonna kill it with that new gem!

You sound great tonight Evan. ๐Ÿ˜

Niiiiiice...both the violin and your skills at playing. You are the bomb bro!

You always put a big ole smile on my face. I just love seeing you in your element. Keep being GREAT ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿคฉ

Well done, Evan. Thank you!

That's beautiful. The instrument and the music

STUNNING!!!! Green and White! This Spartan approves.

Magic!!!!!! Not only is that Zeta spectacular, the tone and your playing is amazing!! Congrats and have fun with the guys tonight!

Look at you look at you look at you. You're a living example of why it pays to believe in yourself. Love your new baby and I know you gonna break her in with love.

Amazing!! I can’t decide what is more thrilling, the look or the sound — phenomenal work, and Evan’s playing is always masterful.

Wow, Wow, Wow Evan Garr! Such a beautiful violin! Custom made for you, I'm so happy for you!๐Ÿ˜€ The violin sounds AMAZING! I'm looking forward to seeing some video of you playing this with Ponty tonight, I hope!

Beautiful piece of art my friend. But you bring it to life so spectacularly! So excited for you. Live a long way from Bakers now, but you will be worth the trip! Enjoy!!

Such a beautiful instrument and amazing musician.

Man that’s sweet as...so jealous!

Good job Evan GarrGarr.That is on pretty instrument. I know you will play it well.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’›

Love it Evan!Well deserved!!

Wow!!!

That’s too awesome Bro!!!! Well deserved...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸพโœŒ๐ŸพโœŒ๐ŸพโœŒ๐Ÿพ

That's beautiful....

7 months ago

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ZETA is heading out to see Jean-Luc Ponty at Chene Park, Detroit, MI. So looking forward to the show . . . and a chance to catch up with Jean Luc again. It's been 3 years since 'Talking Sticks' AZ, and a year+ since 'Boulder Theater' CO . . . can't wait. Jean Luc with this band (his band) is an epic experience.

As if that isn't enough . . . we also get to see ZETA Artist Evan Garr, who's performing an opening set . . . and also playing with Jean Luc in the concert finale. ZETA's traveling to Detroit with a little surprize and will be spending some time with Evan before the show . . . so stay tuned . . .This is the new Jean-Luc Ponty Signature Violin by Zeta which I played for the first time on tour with the AndersonPonty Band tour in America in 2015
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ZETA is heading out to see Jean-Luc Ponty at Chene Park, Detroit, MI. So looking forward to the show . . . and a chance to catch up with Jean Luc again. Its been 3 years since Talking Sticks AZ, and a year+ since Boulder Theater CO . . . cant wait. Jean Luc with this band (his band) is an epic experience.As if that isnt enough . . . we also get to see ZETA Artist Evan Garr, whos performing an opening set . . . and also playing with Jean Luc in the concert finale. ZETAs traveling to Detroit with a little surprize and will be spending some time with Evan before the show . . . so stay tuned . . .

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When is the Detroit concert?

Enjoy Steve

Very cool

I was at that show last year. It’s worth the trip. SO good!

8 months ago

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Updates to ZETA's summer shipments 2018 . . . a wide variety of new ZETA's hitting the streets . . . perhaps playing at a venue near you.Updates to ZETA's summer shipments 2018 . . . a wide variety of new ZETA's hitting the streets . . . perhaps playing at a venue near you. ... See MoreSee Less

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So beautiful

Superr

I want !!! Price?

I need one 4strings how can you ship me to jordan

I love mine!!

How mach!??

How much?

ูƒู… ุงู„ุณุนุฑ. ูˆุงู„ุดุญู†

Hola.... Le escribo desde Ecuador, quisiera saber si hacen envíos y como es el medio de pago? Requiero de este violin

Cv45 is my favorite one๐Ÿ˜

9 months ago

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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

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Simply amazing!

Charles R. Humphrey III is playing bass. Phenomenal violinist. I better buy their recordings.

Lucky l have one...

That’s just insane clarity

10 months ago

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This violin os simple the best

Hello, what kind of jazz fusion is the first violin of the video? The violin how he plays hallelujah

Which model is this one?

Are these test drives?

He’s the man!

Ghoy Stradivari Abainpah

Take care of Fresno’s Favorite!!

10 months ago

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Wow!

ู‡ู„ุง

ZETA The first electric violin in the world

10 months ago

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Patrick Contreras - Electric Violinist live at ZETA party . . . Castle Pines, CO. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations David on an awesome bday party with Patrick Contreras here thrilling everyone with his incredible talent!!

The best electric-violins!!!

Hola zeta violin patrocinenme un violin jejejejeje para danzas tradicionales en Aguascalientes México.

Sounds great!

10 months ago

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Designed Inspiration . . . the trouble is putting it down.
("I opened the case, turned on the synth . . . next thing I new it was 4 hours later" - Greg Floor)
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Gabriel Ferreira

True statement by me.

Zein Daknosh

I’ve gotta get one!!

10 months ago

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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.
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Beautiful, Cuz!!โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wow. This is amazing!!

Wait. What???

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10 months ago

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Mom -

"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"
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ุฑูˆูˆูˆูˆุนุฉ

ุฑุงุฆุน

ูƒู„ ุนุงู… ูˆุงู…ู‡ุงุช ุงู„ุนุงู„ู… ุจุฎูŠุฑ

ุฑูˆูˆูˆูˆุนู‡ ุงุจุฏุงุน

Good...Happy mother's day...

11 months ago

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Richard Choi reports . . . 'Wow!!! Great Concert!'

Wish we could have been there Richard. Can't wait for a video or two. Thank you so much my friend.
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Richard Choi reports . . . Wow!!! Great Concert!Wish we could have been there Richard. Cant wait for a video or two. Thank you so much my friend.

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Thanks ~! Richard Choi.

Hannah

11 months ago

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Heads UP! . . . ZETA Artist Ms. Jo A-Ram is performing live at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea. Her concert 'Elegy' is tomorrow night, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Big Congrats and Best Wishes from all of us here at ZETA!

Ms. A-Ram plays her custom SV44 RstdFlm/RstdFlm Jazz Modern as well as her ZETA customized original EV Modern. ZETA's posted video with her Jazz Modern can be found here:
www.facebook.com/zetaviolins/videos/1228981283882256/
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Heads UP! . . . ZETA Artist Ms. Jo A-Ram is performing live at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea. Her concert Elegy is tomorrow night, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.Big Congrats and Best Wishes from all of us here at ZETA!Ms. A-Ram plays her custom SV44 RstdFlm/RstdFlm Jazz Modern as well as her ZETA customized original EV Modern. ZETAs posted video with her Jazz Modern can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/zetaviolins/videos/1228981283882256/Image attachment

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Fathi Al Jarrah

I’m Jo A-ram fan club member. Thankful ZETA.

11 months ago

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Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli playing live at our ZETA shop. Tim is playing his custom JV45 Rstd/Rstd with personalized 'GypsyFiddler' inlay. ... See MoreSee Less

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Puศ›in olteneศ™te va rog eu

Cat costa

Minor Swing....

Much respect !

Pls bessame โค

Bessame mucho

Romanian music

Moonlight in Vermont

Good !!!Awesome from Italy :-)

How muchie zeta violin

Let's hear the fiddle doing melody.

greetings from Egypt โค

Very fine

Who is playing the Zeta? Bio,???

Hannah

Great! isn't that Tim Kliphuis?

woooooow

wooow!

O zeta

I have a Zeta c. 2005-07. Is there much difference i these newer models?

Great work guys ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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About Us

. . . meet the ZETA team

Natalie Padilla Koob

Originally from Montana, Natalie began fiddling at the age of 3 under the instruction of her mother, acclaimed fiddler & composer Nancy Padilla; soon a[Read more]

Phil Brug

Phil was born and raised in the Cody area of Wyoming. His parents were some of the last homesteaders in the United States. Growing up farming and ranching [Read more]

James Schlender

James, a native of Montana, grew up in a home filled with the sound of guitar and mandolin being played by his father, a traditionalist in the old-time sty[Read more]

LoudBox Artist

"I lead a flat life here at Zeta Violins. Sure, I'm supposed to hang in the background, I know that. But give me a break. Turn my knobs please. Add some co[Read more]

Helen Beausoleil

With over 20,000 instruments having passed through her hands (give or take a few hundred), Helen is what you might call an expert . . . and of course, that[Read more]

Steve Carlson

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Steve moved to Bozeman, Montana to study Architecture at MSU in 1972. His passion for banjo playing led him to opening a music[Read more]

Jamie Carlson Henley

Jamie, born and raised just north of Bozeman, grew up in a world that seemed to revolve around musical instrument production. Even on weekend visits to her[Read more]

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