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    Prayer for Dennis @ The Mandolin Store

    For those of you so inclined, I would ask that you keep Dennis Vance in your prayers. He is facing some medical issues that must be addressed in the near future. I do not wish to, nor do I intend to...
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    Shout out to Collings

    So, I picked up my 2018 Collings MT2-V today -and all I can say is WOW. When I first got it in 2018, I was a little disappointed as it was great for bluegrass but it a little too out there for my...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Gibson is very much still building and selling mandolins. I have toured factory recently and I was most impressed by the process still being done as it was under the supervision of Charlie...
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    Hello! Wow, that is a wonderful looking instrument and well worth waiting for, my friend. Good for you and I hope you have many happy years of playing pleasure with this one.
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    To Brad's point above, here are two posts from Joe Vest who worked at Gibson alongside Charlie Derrington and Danny Roberts, among others, in developing and bringing to life the Distressed Master...
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    Sweet mandolin.

    Frankly, I wish the finish on all instruments was weighted more towards maximizing tone than protecting an unplayed appearance. I think manufacturers know there are a lot of...
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    The story of the DMMs is here in the Cafe’s forums along with some skepticism but also info from the luthiers closest to the project. You’ll need to search for posts from Charlie Derrington and Big...
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    for my knowledge, as i've never seen or held any of these DSS models, what makes them different than the current top model Gibson is selling currently?

    I can see and understand the distressed...
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    Hey TD: The mandolin to which you are likely referring is D70321 which I was fortunate enough to have purchased from HA in Germany a few months ago. For all intents and purposes, its my "Loar" (and...
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    Enjoy it! We’d love to see a video of it. Are used to own a distressed master model and I miss it so much...
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    Looks like #13 is for sale at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville.
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    This looks very similar to a DMM that was in the classifies about a year or so ago..it was located in Germany ,if anybody recalls that mandolin..
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    It looks amazing. The last time I saw Ricky I asked him which Loar he was playing and he told me is was his distressed master model which he couldn’t be happier with it.
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    Man, that one is just right...

    Iíve not been a fan of the behavior of ďcorporate GibsonĒ for years, but thereís no denying the folks who made and are making these did/are doing a fine, fine job....
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    Iíve played or stood next to half a dozen DMM or Skaggs DMMs. And every one has been a bluegrass hoss.
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    I actually think that is perfect...
    Perfect for me! So if you ever decide to sell it Iím your guy!
    😂
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    I love the distressed look! My F-5G might look like this in a decade or two lol
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    I think it was his first Loar and the guy who he got it from did it. The only reason the guy was selling it was to get his wife a new washer and dryer. Ricky's mom signed for a bank loan for him. ...
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    If a fool and his money are easily parted, I want to be the fool with the money. Alas, I'm only the fool.
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    +1

    That side binding looks really cool!
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    Beautiful! I'd love a mandolin with a thin neck as I came from fiddle. Got any videos?
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    Love the look of that one. Also a big fan of slim/slender necks. So fast and easy to get around on.

    Didn't Ricky sand down a neck on a 20's Gibson till he exposed the truss rod? Seems like I...
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    A beautiful looking mandolin. And what amazingly well done aging. Does look to be a very special instrument. Glad it's out of a closet collection and into the hands of a player. Enjoy.
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    This RSDMM looks fantastic! Was this one signed by Danny Roberts? The neck looks really close to my Dec.1st 24! Was this the one Carters had for awhile? I love the open G on these, well also on any...
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    But how does it sound?
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