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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    That is a question best asked of the seller, but I would guess the used Morris is probably well set up. I do know that Sonny sets them up very nicely in his shop.
    If still pondering an Eastman,...
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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    I haven't heard of any long-term structural/durability issues that are common with either maker. I had my Morris for 3 years without a single problem. I have stayed in contact with the buyer who has...
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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    This is an easy one for me. I would take a Morris over an Eastman without batting an eye. I have owned both. This isn't to say there is anything wrong with an Eastman, but for me it is about the...
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    Re: 1987 Flatiron Artist A5 (Mint)

    Why not? Bruce had a hand in building it...
  5. Thread: Ruhland A5

    by Willem
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    Re: Ruhland A5

    Greg Boyd's has pulled that from their website and the classifieds sometime very recently.
  6. Thread: Ruhland A5

    by Willem
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    Re: Ruhland A5

    Matt definitely builds a fine mandolin. I am the fortunate owner of #41 and it is an absolute cannon.
  7. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    Maybe, but will they continue to be produced in Bend Oregon...
  8. Re: How Has Collings' MT-2 Line Changed Over Time

    Beat me to it. McKenzie River Music are a Collings dealer and were good about test drives when they had them in stock. Great store indeed. Their in-house repair guy Charlie is pretty good too though...
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    Re: Compare these 2 mandolin sound samples

    I am in the Knox Butte area just outside Albany as well.
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    Re: Mandolin Orange is now Watchhouse

    Agreed
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    Re: New Ruhland F5's?

    And if I remember correctly, the mandolin is #50 and was on loan from Matt's brother.
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    Re: New Ruhland F5's?

    Any update on the lost Ruhland? Sure hope it has been located!
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    Re: your mandolin ownership history

    My journey has been brief as my first mandolin was an unsolicited Xmas gift 3 years ago. Fortunately, I think that I was able to settle on a MAS killer pretty quickly.
    That gift was a Washburn...
  14. Re: Hello! New here with question about best bang for my budget

    For a $1000, I do not believe there is much better than a Howard Morris A5 (or A4 if you prefer an oval hole).
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    Re: Builder or Company

    My preferred route has been through the independent builders. I started with Howard Morris and then Matt Ruhland. Both provided excellent experiences and mandolins and I was able to support builders...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    Yeah, that thing sounds great!
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    It certainly sounds great in CJ's hands and he seems to be quite impressed with it.
  18. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy Birthday Dennis and many thoughts and prayers!
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    Re: Off Matt's Bench/New Ruhland

    I don't think Matt has had to make a mandolin that wasn't spoken for in a while. Hopefully he and other great luthiers can continue to thrive!
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    My friends I have been getting together every Wednesday night for about 2 months now and jamming. Outdoors at a private residence, usually 6-8 of us ranging in age from 20-70 (I fall in the middle at...
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    Re: Looking For Morris Tuners

    Those are Grover's on there already, but as Frankdolin mentioned, the 309's are a step up.
  22. Thread: NMD Morris A5

    by Willem
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    Re: NMD Morris A5

    Congrats on the Morris! I have sang Sonny's praises many times on this forum. Great instruments at really good prices. My Morris has been dethroned as a daily player by my Ruhland, but is still a...
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    Re: Trade in KM150 for an MD305 or MD505?

    In the 1000-1200 range I would throw Howard Morris up in Oregon in the mix. $995 gets you a new A-style and the $1,200 gets you a 2 point. I think his building has slowed down due to current world...
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    Re: What is the "Must Have" Mandolin Book(s)?

    I am also eternally grateful for the Parking Lot Pickers Guide. A lot of the songs I play in jams came from that as most are truly universal. Its not meant to make you the hottest shredder out there,...
  25. Re: Pick-guard/finger-rest, on-off "Stay at home" gallery.

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