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Tom Wolverton


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Post Posted 2 May 2017 9:51 am     Reply with quote

Ray, in the brotherhood of steelmen, you are top drawer. You have been so generous in sharing your knowledge and wisdom to us all. Personally, you have opened up the Bryd world to me in a deeper way. We all thank you for that.
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Brad Bechtel


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San Francisco, CA
Post Posted 2 May 2017 7:00 pm     Reply with quote

One of the highlights for me in attending the Texas Steel Guitar show was to finally meet and hear Roy playing. He's truly a gentleman in all senses of the word.

I wish him and his family the best.
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 3 May 2017 9:10 am     Reply with quote

I just got off the phone with Ray and he says he is feeling good, not sick.

He is craving a piece of German chocolate cake with some ice cream and a root beer, in case anyone is planning on a visit.
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Bill Leff


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Post Posted 3 May 2017 10:04 am     Reply with quote

Mike Neer wrote:
I just got off the phone with Ray and he says he is feeling good, not sick.

He is craving a piece of German chocolate cake with some ice cream and a root beer, in case anyone is planning on a visit.
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Thanks Mike for reaching out and the update.
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 3 May 2017 10:12 am     Reply with quote

By the way, this is the number to call for the residents:

503-234-0130
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Will Houston


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Tempe, Az
Post Posted 3 May 2017 10:34 am     Reply with quote

Yes, thanks for the update Mike.
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Bob Russell


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 3 May 2017 6:31 pm     Reply with quote

Mike Neer wrote:
I just got off the phone with Ray and he says he is feeling good, not sick.

He is craving a piece of German chocolate cake with some ice cream and a root beer, in case anyone is planning on a visit.
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That's great news; thanks, Mike!!
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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post Posted 3 May 2017 11:15 pm     Reply with quote

Mike Neer, thanks for the update, its good to hear Ray is comfortable. Best wishes Ray, your posts on the Steel Forum are always inspirational.
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George Keoki Lake


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Edmonton, AB., Canada
Post Posted 4 May 2017 1:16 pm     Reply with quote

It's been quite awhile since you and I chatted back and forth. I had no idea you were not feeling up to snuff as for the past 4 months I was confined to the hospital with a shattered spine ! Man, that was very painful !!! I'm learning to walk now which is also a painful project....hopefully at 89 I'll succeed before I reach 101.

Seriously Skip, I hope you'll make a great recovery and I'll be looking forward to your ever informative e-mails.

Cheers from Canada old friend...Get well soon. "Keoki"
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Abe Levy


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California, USA (Currently in Toronto)
Post Posted 8 May 2017 9:47 am     Reply with quote

I don't know Ray personally, but I've always enjoyed his posts here. I also happen to own a '56 Bigsby which is the same year as his. I figured I'd call to maybe cheer him up. They said he's no longer there. Anybody know if went home... Or HOME?
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Bill Leff


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Post Posted 8 May 2017 12:09 pm     Reply with quote

George Keoki Lake wrote:
It's been quite awhile since you and I chatted back and forth. I had no idea you were not feeling up to snuff as for the past 4 months I was confined to the hospital with a shattered spine ! Man, that was very painful !!! I'm learning to walk now which is also a painful project....hopefully at 89 I'll succeed before I reach 101.

Seriously Skip, I hope you'll make a great recovery and I'll be looking forward to your ever informative e-mails.

Cheers from Canada old friend...Get well soon. "Keoki"
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Good to have YOU back Keoki! Keep movin'!
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Russ Blake


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Oregon, USA
Post Posted 8 May 2017 12:38 pm     Reply with quote

Abe, I went over to the facility yesterday with the requested cake, ice cream and root beer and was told that Ray had been discharged to go to a family member's house. I hope that means he's feeling a bit better?
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Abe Levy


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Post Posted 8 May 2017 1:04 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Russ. Glad to hear. By the way, I've started a Facebook page called "west coast steel guitars of the mid century". I think you'd dig it if you're on FB - some of your friends are already there...
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Jerry Wagner


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California, USA
Post Posted 9 May 2017 3:27 pm     Ray Montee Reply with quote

I first became aware of Ray through the Forum, as I found his posts on steel guitar history and many other topics insightful and informative. Ray's dedication to the JB Fan Club website is well known. Most of all, I was really blown away by Ray's playing on Manny Fernandez recordings. Here's a little hapa haole tune I'm especially fond of from Hawaiian Memories, called Hula Breeze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeTfmFjxm3Y

Jeff Au Hoy had this to say about Ray back in 2006:
"In my opinion nobody today plays this pretty, this smooth, this tasty."
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Chris Templeton


From:
The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 11 May 2017 10:32 am     Reply with quote

Russ, Good to hear that Ray his nutrients.
Has he ever seen ye ol' Bigsby? I imagine he has and maybe heard you play it too.
For those that don't know, I was house sitting in Tucson, in the early 90's, and one day I went to The Chicago Music Store and I spied a triple neck, missing the back two legs and no case. leaning against the wall. I bought it and loaded into my van. It was what I imagine loading a wounded solder into an ambulance would be like.
A few month's later, I sent it to Paul Warnick to have it refurbished.
I put it on Ebay and Russ got it.
It made me so happy that it went to somebody who plays it and not just a collector.
Russ is a great player.
Here is a picture Russ sent me of the original owner, Chuck Gillette:

Salut!
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 11 May 2017 11:29 am     Reply with quote

Great story and great photo. Dig that Stratele, or whatever it is. Proof positive that mixing and matching of parts from the assembly line instruments out of Fullerton is no recent phenomenon. Is the legendary Chicago Music in downtown Tucson still around?
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 11 May 2017 1:27 pm     Reply with quote

I haven't been back to the store in years, but would guess it's probably had a makeover.
When I was there, the whole second floor was just band instruments. Horns etc.
I miss those kind of music stores.
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Russ Blake


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Post Posted 20 May 2017 9:37 am     Reply with quote

Update! Pete Burak and I had a nice visit with Ray the other day. He seemed to be feeling pretty well and was in very good spirits. We talked about sponge baths and Sponge Bob and the BIG trucks that Ray loves so much. Pete played us some tunes on his dobro which Ray thoroughly enjoyed, as did I. He is still looking for help with the Jerry Byrd site.

Chris, Ray and I did have a little Bigsby class of '56 reunion a few years back. That quad is something to behold.

Abe, you and Fireball will be invited to the next reunion. I'm not a facebooker, but I'd love to see the page you mentioned.

That's all for now. Keep sending the good wishes Ray's way.
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