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    Yep, MAS makes no sense at all!!!! An unstoppable force of mayhem and angst-And a lot of fun

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    Everything we have or do loses its impact as time goes by. We obtain a great mandolin, and then after awhile we sell it; not everybody does this, some keep a mandolin for a life-time (think Grandpa's Lloyd Loar F5). But most of us eventually sell the GREAT MANDOLIN that at one time we thought we'd keep forever. That's why eventually we see a Heiden, Red Diamond, Dudenbostel, etc., and yes even a Lloyd Loar signed F5 come up for sale. IMHO there is a link between time and MAS.
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    Sat next to a fellow whacking on a F5 Heiden at the jam tonight, thing sounded like a million bucks
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    "...while a great mandolin is a wonderful treat, I would venture to say that there is always more each of us can do with the tools we have available at hand. The biggest limiting factors belong to us not the instruments." Paul Glasse

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    3 Heidens just popped up at Carter's Vintage this week. 2 F5's and an A model. That's pretty rare really.

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    Jerusalem Ridge brought to you by Starbucks.


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    New Heiden owner here a 2009 Heritage Model F5.

    Back when I was gigging full-time I had two Monteleones that I eventually had to let go. Now, after 30 years, I finally have a worthy successor to to my beloved Grand Artist Monteleone.

    The Heiden and I are still getting to know each other. Pics and a review to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmagill View Post
    New Heiden owner here a 2009 Heritage Model F5.


    Back when I was gigging full-time I had two Monteleones that I eventually had to let go. Now, after 30 years, I finally have a worthy successor to to my beloved Grand Artist Monteleone.

    The Heiden and I are still getting to know each other. Pics and a review to come.
    Pics and review please!

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    Never had the pleasure of pickin on a Heiden! I live in a mando deprived area unless I buy something.. His workmanship is stellar! And the ones I've heard on the computer "what little justice with computer speakers anyway" they sound great, even with a computer one can tell the good from the bad! Them ones that I've heard at the Carter demos with Jack Pearson "I think that's his name?" Isn't he a well know guitar player in a rock band? He can play man!

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    ! Them ones that I've heard at the Carter demos with Jack Pearson "I think that's his name?" Isn't he a well know guitar player in a rock band? He can play man!
    Jack played with the Allman Brothers Band and with Warren Hayes as well.
    Incredible electric, acoustic and mandolin player. Just a great musician

    I played the last new Heiden F5 at Carter's, it was light years beyond any new instrument I've ever played.
    Loud, woody, and all there. Killed everything in the high end room, except maybe the Loars.
    It was $19000, and worth every penny.

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    I acquired this F5 around the first of the year. Michael Heiden seems to have a signature sound. His instruments tend to be rather full, warm, and round in tone. Very pleasant sounding. He definitely has his own thing going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Woods View Post
    Pics and review please!
    At long last, here are a few pics. Click them to see bigger versions. You can find lots more pics and my detailed review from my Instrument Reviews webpage. The Heiden is here. It's still the most remarkable mandolin I've ever owned and I try to play it daily.

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    This one has been causing me to lose some sleep lately ...

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    ... not all those who wander are lost ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasona View Post
    Sat next to a fellow whacking on a F5 Heiden at the jam tonight, thing sounded like a million bucks
    The million bucks might be the player instead of the Heiden !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    This one has been causing me to lose some sleep lately ...

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    Love that coloring. Bet it sounds better than it looks!

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    It was my lucky day yesterday. I saw that Michael had a Standard A available for sale. He sent me some pics. This did it for me.Click image for larger version. 

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    That's a gorgeous A5, Mary. What top wood does that one have? Enjoy!

    Denman John--tell us more about that one. Top wood?

    Still loving my red spruce A-54 that started this whole thread. It gets better every time I play it. Perfect setup, perfect neck for me, best mandolin I've owned and I've owned almost as many as sgarrity.
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    Don, I'm not sure, but I think it's probably engelmann. I was just so excited to see that there was actually something available. I've been hawking his site for a while.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Mary, Congratulations! Nice to see you've added one to your tribe. Michael is a brilliant builder and one heck of a nice guy too.

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    Awesome choice. His F5 was hard to put down at CVG this year

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    I bought an F last week and am really enjoying it. Probably the last mandolin I'll ever buy. Cheers.

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    Bill, congrats but we need pics.
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    Congrats folks. You all trying to stoke some MAS over here?

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    Beautiful, mandolins, I probably saw some under constructon as Michael is only over an hour away from me. I was down about 3 weeks ago I had my A-41 refretted with EVO and setup, ounds and plays great. Picked up mynew Heiden dreadnaught at the same time ... loving it however going back down in a week or so and Michael will reshape neck a little and also speed neck it. Manly for my small hands. Wonderful man to talk to and deal with.
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    Look forward to hearing your thoughts once you get it Mary!

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