Just to announce, I took Baby / Flambeau/Lowden in to Oskar Graf yesterday. He's going to put in all new frets and install a Fishman piezo pickup. (Should be OK with the Pro-EQ.) Yippee!
He advised me to ignore the cosmetic scars on the top...
Also, I saw a genuine Flambeau this past weekend (owned by a guy named Del who knows you, Rick). Neck very similar, body different in detail (cutaway/maple binding/exotic wood sides/back) but an interesting comparison.
Also, I met Still On The Hill last weekend. EXTREMELY nice folks. But the bass player referenced earlier in this thread is not playing with them now. Neither is Paul McCartney.
Finally, I know for sure I'm a convert to Elixirs now. Cause after 6 months on the same set, I put cheap ones on (because I knew I was taking it to the shop soon) and within 2 weeks, they are just dead dead dead. And right away I noticed the horrible intolerable scraping noise. So I'm stuck on the twenty-dollar strings now.
And that's the news from McDonalds Corners.