Bruce Weber Sr., founder and General Manager of Weber Mandolins, has announced that he is stepping down from active management of the company. It had been sold in 2012 to Two Old Hippies, which also manages Bedell and Breedlove guitars, with the Weber shop moving to Bend, OR with Weber’s son, Bruce, Jr, following along.
Bruce Sr. remained in Montana where he launched the company, and will now set up a repair center to handle warranty services for Weber. He says that his goal was to return to what led him into building from the start.
“My passion is working with the players, and I enjoy being on the bench. Mary and I are grateful for our on-going relationship with Tom Bedell and Two Old Hippies. Their dedication to honoring our forests while crafting the world’s finest acoustic instruments with all three of their brands, Breedlove, Bedell and Weber is bred deep in their culture.”
Junior’s role in Oregon will expand to include product design and customer service. Happy to see his parents taking a step back, he bragged a bit on his dad’s work.
“Weber is the world’s only brand offering traditional eight-stringed instruments in all sizes and shapes from the sopranolins to mandocellos. The skills of our craftsmen are unparalleled. I am delighted for my parents and look forward to my continuing role with Weber and Two Old Hippies.”
Congratulations and well done to Bruce Weber Sr!