We were shocked and saddened last week to learn of the very sudden passing of Quince Buteau. Quince was a long-time friend of The Ventures - we first met him through his connection to the Hard Rock Cafe organization when he was sourcing memorabilia for the Hard Rock venues. Chances are, if you see a Ventures' guitar hanging in one of their Cafes (other than in Japan), it was arranged for by Quince. As memorabilia is switched around periodically, you never know where you might find things. Quince also co-produced the excellent 'Acoustic Rock' CD back in 2002. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his life's partner, Jill, and to all his friends. He will be missed.