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    Anybody played the 2006 Chris Stanley V5 mandolin at Elderly Instruments? You don't see them for sale much these days. I played one once, loved it! Any other Stanley owners out there?
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    Not an owner but my picking buddy had one years ago from I believe 1995 before he bought a Master Model. I really liked that mandolin. Very good traditional tone is my memory of that mandolin.
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    There's this 2012 #62 A5s here that has seen various other above average mandolins come and go, but the Stanley remains. Like an earlier Stanley A5, this one took some 2-3 years to break in and keeps getting even better every month. It does Bach/Beethoven well and everything in between, but oozes Monroe. Kind of like how a lightweight ash body/maple neck Tele gets one into that chicken pickin' groove.

    Chris built it to my spec's and i can't even imagine every parting with it. Should you be interested, it's featured on his Facebook page and there is a Cafe thread about it. It's the plain one with the purty Stanley script on the peghead.

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    I see that Elderly Instruments is bringing this 2006 Stanley down to IBMA. Think I'll check it out!
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    I played a Stanley that Ron Spears was showing when he was with Special Consensus a few years ago, it was a great instrument! The only one I’ve played and that was only for a few minutes but, I liked it a lot!
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    I've got a 2006 Stanley....Great tone, and even across the entire fret board.

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    Chris built me an F5. Simply a great instrument. I moved to some other instruments, due to my style, but wish I had kept it. It had that Loar type tone. I would buy it back in a heart beat.
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    Been years since logging into MandoCafe and went searching for Stanley Mando's...
    I had Chris build me an A-5 (3K$) numbered in the mid 60's delivered in 2012. Great tone v-neck flat neck.
    Had a used F style early numbers used but $5500 in 2012 too much to tie up for a gig mando.
    Going to start listing a couple of other mando's for sale or exchange for a good F style with pickup mando.....
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    That 2006 Stanley F5 (V5) is still at Elderly Instruments, surprised nobody has snapped it up....
    John A. Karsemeyer

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    Mandolins seem to be moving slowly right now. Also that says it has a 1 7/32" nut. I would think almost a 1 1/4" nut would limit the potential buyers significantly.

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    Depends on the size of your hands. Personally I like a little wider than 1 1/8" at the nut; easier to get chords and pick individual notes on the strings. It's all good!
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    The neck in the pic looks closer to 1/8" to my eye. Unless it was a custom build, his usual nut width was between 1/8" and 1/16". Maybe there was a typo in the description...an email to Elderly would answer the question.

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    Default Re: Stanley V5 Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by dan in va View Post
    The neck in the pic looks closer to 1/8" to my eye. Unless it was a custom build, his usual nut width was between 1/8" and 1/16". Maybe there was a typo in the description...an email to Elderly would answer the question.
    You have a good eye, Dan. I just bought # 29 from MC classifieds, from the person who bought it from Elderly. it arrived yesterday. It's nut is 1 1/8.

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