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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    How many of those mandolins (and makers) were around in 1979? We are spoiled now with the range of quality instruments and talented builders available, but back in the day, you had to get lucky to...
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    So you have access to Dr. Dave Cohen, one of the leading experts on the physics and mechanics of musical instruments, and you're asking me for my opinion on sound hole selection? Discernment indeed ....
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    I had a buddy named Carl who used to buy and sell lots of cool mandolins. When asked for his advice on which singular one to purchase, he was known to recommend the A5 as a general rule. He argued...
  4. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    Buy the best mandolin that you can afford, ideally used and appropriately depreciated. Learn what you can from it with full recognition that your next mandolin is unlikely to be your last mandolin....
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    While I’m not a fan of blonde F5’s — yet — I do like the look on flattop mandolins . . .

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    . . . and octaves!
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    Re: John Paul Jones F5

    I believe the answer that you’re looking for is Andy Manson.
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    So the “one that captivates you” is actually two? That’s a relief. :))
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    Re: Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    #mutuallyexclusivefinishes

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    Re: New Northfield? Custom? Upgrade?

    Like this one? https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/164570#164570
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    It sounds good too, at least when Mike plays it on this thread:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/64969-Black-6
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    Remember what I said about #5, Sue! :))



    Which one is speaking to you, Mary? You are not usually the mandogamous type. ;)

    My one (and only) octave is an early GBOM from Mike Black. :cool:
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    Re: Tenor guitars

    My tenor was built by David Newton on a Size 2 frame:

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    It has a Carpathian Spruce top:

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    East Indian Rosewood back and sides:
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    Re: Heiden Artist Plus A model mandolin

    Embedded for convenience:
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    Neither do I, as you can tell by my Gibson:

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    Sometimes, aggressive playing is a sign that an instrument simply sounds good!



    Perhaps, but these pancakes were built for medium-light...
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    It looks like an early 1980 Flatiron 1N pancake mandolin, spruce over maple, in the most Spartan version available without binding or rosette. It looks like someone played rather aggressively on it...
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    Re: A-Model Archtop Oval Hole $500-1000

    In your price range, I’d at least kick the tires on this one:
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I seem to be getting dangerously close to threading the needle between these two approaches, with two of every kind: two A5’s, two carved ovals, etc.

    I am well aware of my tendency to collect,...
  18. Re: Semi-beginner here... trade-up or keep what I have?

    I was thinking that it might give a little bit more of the traditional look of an acoustic mandolin as well as improved acoustic performance.
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    This suggestion is the best one yet. My thought had been one of the older American-made Ovations:

    https://reverb.com/item/36798693-ovation-mm68-electric-mandolin

    A lot of us of a certain age...
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    Re: Collings MT vs Pava A

    I owned one of each. I loved how the Collings played but found it a bit strident for solo practice, while the Pava was a tad quieter and more complex yet less comfortable for me due to its full neck...
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    Re: $1000 Budget - What should I get?

    I'd hunt around to see if I could find a Kentucky KM-1000 in that price range, but barring that (and I couldn't find one in a cursory search), I'd buy the best Eastman in my budget:...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Chris Stanley if you can find one.
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    Re: Oval Hole Heaven at Greg Boyd’s

    What means this word, “need?”
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    Did someone say pictures?

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  25. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    I believe that Adrian has only completed nineteen mandolins, and I’ve never seen one listed in the classifieds previously.
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