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Damir Besic


From:
Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 14 Jan 2017 3:48 pm     Reply with quote

just received this sad news from his son Slobodan, Mr.Papic passed away today at the hospital after being admitted for pneumonia...at this point I don't know if Slobodan will continue with Promat or not... true pedal steel guitar enthusiast and luthier Mr. Papic made 26 guitars all together, all done by hand, he refused to use any computers or CNC machines, each of his guitars was done by hand, one at the time, with love and passion...




life long love affair with steel guitars




every guitar was hand made, with highest quality parts available




me and my friend




his pride and joy

RIP my dear friend...
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John Brock


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Xenia, Ohio
Post Posted 14 Jan 2017 4:13 pm     Mr Papic Reply with quote

My sincere condolences.I know times have been trying lately..God Bless
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Mark van Allen


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Watkinsville, Ga. USA
Post Posted 14 Jan 2017 6:15 pm     Reply with quote

So very sorry, Damir. For you and the SG world, which has lost another visionary.
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Damir Besic


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Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 14 Jan 2017 6:47 pm     Reply with quote

thank you my friends, I lost a dear friend, and steel guitar community lost a wonderful builder, and steel guitar enthusiasts...Dusan didn't speak English, but this forum was a huge part of his life, and he would have family and friends translate forum discussions for him...Dave Diehl and Henry Matthews were among some of his dearest forum friends...
but he respected views, and opinions of all of you...Dusan is now talking push pull with Ron Sr. and Bobbe, and finally has a chance to meet Big E, his hero, and his idol...
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Bill Ladd


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Wilmington, NC, USA
Post Posted 14 Jan 2017 7:39 pm     Reply with quote

So sorry for your loss Damir.
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Jan Mulder


From:
The Netherlands
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 2:16 am     Reply with quote

My sincere condolences !

Jan Mulder, proud Promat owner
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DG Whitley


From:
North Carolina
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 5:15 am     Reply with quote

My sincere condolences on the loss of your friend Damir. I had hoped to get a Promat one day as I had given up hope on getting an Emmons. I agree with Mark, the PSG world has lost a true visionary.
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Marco Schouten


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Assendelft, The Netherlands
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 6:46 am     Reply with quote

Damir, so sorry you lost another great friend
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Damir Besic


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Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:11 am     Reply with quote

thank you my friends, Dusan had a small surgery, unfortunately, while in hospital, after the surgery,he become sick with pneumonia, and at his age, and system already weaken by the surgery, he just didn't have enough strength to fight pneumonia...he was 82 years old...
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Rick Barnhart


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:17 am     Reply with quote

I'm very sorry to hear this, Damir. Your admiration and respect for Mr. Papic was evident in every word you ever spoke about him. I pray for comfort and peace for you, his family and friends.
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:17 am     Reply with quote

Our condolences and thoughts are with you.
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Dennis Wireman


Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:36 am     Dusan Reply with quote

RIP Dusan another great person of the steel world left us . He was a great builder and I had several of his promats wished i kept one. condolences to all the family
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steve takacs


From:
beijing, china via pittsburgh
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 12:49 pm     Sorry for the loss of Mr. Papic. Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this, Damir as I know he was your friend. Talk about "old school", making steels by hand. That was a true labor of love. Condolences to his family and other friends. Stevet
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 1:47 pm     Reply with quote

I'm so sorry my friend. My thoughts are with you his family.
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Dave Diehl


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Mechanicsville, MD, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 2:43 pm     Reply with quote

This is surely a hugh shocker. I have been talking with Mr Papic recently quite a bit on some parts and had no idea he was ill. But this explains why I had not heard from him for the past couple weeks. Mr. Papic was a fine man who would not do anything unless it was absolutely done correctly. He had become a close friend to me and taught me a lot in discussing steel guitar problems and solutions. I will surely miss him. Rest in peace my dear friend.
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John Brabant


From:
Calais, VT, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 5:05 pm     Reply with quote

Very sad news and very sorry to hear Damir and Dave. Let's hope his son Slobodon continues on his legacy. My condolences to the Papic family. Thank you Damir for posting the notice together with the photos of your friend and gifted artist crafting his beautiful Promat pedal steel guitars.
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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:27 pm     RIP Mr. Papic Reply with quote

Very sad news... Please send my sincere condolences to his friends and family. I once owned a beautiful Promat D-10 steel and got to know Mr. Papic fairly well; initially while buying parts and later exchanging Holiday greetings with each other over the past several years. I'm sure he will be missed by many people in our community.
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Lee Warren


From:
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 7:32 pm     Reply with quote

Sad news, indeed, Damir.
I'm very sorry you lost such a dear friend.
My condolences to you and his family.
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Dan Robinson


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 15 Jan 2017 9:26 pm     Reply with quote

This is very sad news. Damir, it must be hard on you personally. I am sorry that you lost your friend.

What he was doing showed amazing dedication to something all of us hold dear. I hope the 26 ProMats get played and appreciated for a long time.
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Andy De Paule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 12:01 am     Such sad news Reply with quote

Thank you Damir for letting the community know about this.
So sorry for his family and friends.
I guess there is now nobody making the PP guitars any more.
He was such an artist as a machinist and that last guitar that you showed is so very beautiful.
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Bob Watson


From:
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 2:16 am     Reply with quote

Damir, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. It was so cool that Mr. Papic built P/P's. May he RIP.
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Tomi Graso


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Sydney / Australia
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 2:51 am     Reply with quote

Hi Damir, I am really shocked to hear of Mr Dusan Papic passing. Dusan's son Slobodan sent me a message. My sincere condolences to Papic family ! May God bless him and his work forever !
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Damir Besic


From:
Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 10:01 am     Reply with quote

I have never heard Dusan say a one bad word about any steel guitar builder or any brand, he just tremendously enjoyed pedal steel guitars, and everything about them... this forum and all of you were his world, and I know that for sure... Lynn, I have to tell you, Dusan told me many times in the past, that every Promat should go to you for the service or repairs ... he had a huge confidence in you and your work... last thing he was very excited about was Henry Matthews recording some songs on my Promat ... he loved his playing so much, that he wanted him to demo some other Promat guitars as well, but we never had a chance to do that...


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Henry Matthews


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Texarkana, Ark USA
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 2:43 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear Damir, I know he meant a lot to you. He was a fine gentleman and built a great guitar, he will be missed by us all.
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Danny Bates


From:
Fresno, CA. USA
Post Posted 17 Jan 2017 12:12 am     Reply with quote

Sad news. Another great steel guitar craftsman is gone. RIP
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