Hi everyone. Just a quick follow up to my last post. I have re-installed the controller for the pug mill and she works great. Peter Pugger even cleaned the old clay off of it. You know, any piece of equipment can have a problem. What really counts is how well a company stands behind it's products. I can't say enough good things about the service I received. When I removed the controller I was a little apprehensive about re-assembly but mapping and tagging the wires made it a piece of cake. It looked like this but it all made sense.
The other event of the weekend was that my brother had invited me to go see Ralph Stanley Saturday night. Ralph said he and brother Carter started performing in 1940. That's 73 years on stage. Wow!! His grandson Nathan leads the CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS now but Ralph still travels with them. He didn't touch a banjo all night so I suspect he is past being able to play at a professional level but he can still sing. Mainly Nathan sings lead and Ralph sing harmony but he does take the lead on many songs. On some numbers, he just sits in a comfortable chair onstage and rests for a bit. Even though he needs assistance getting onstage, his voice is as good or better than it ever was. I don't think the show was well promoted because there may have only been 350 to 400 people. I was a little sad that more people did not show up, if not to be entertained, just to see a living legend. Crowd or not, it was an honor to be there and to have a chance to hear him live. There won't be many more chances.