I also want to throw something out about the OP of this thread. When I first heard Monte play, he was playing a resonator in an odd tuning. His skills were rudimentary at best...but there was something there...you could see it in his vids and hear it... Like Omar, he did not bring any ego to the door. His love of music was on his sleeve. The other day in another thread, he gave a dead-on musical/theoretical explanation of what was going on. Dead frigging on. He recent posted a bossa nova tune that wasn't possible 3 years ago. He too has come a long way.