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    Well so far the roll call for Mike Black mandolins come to:
    #? Black GBOM
    #7 Black oval hole Mandolin with Virzi
    #11 Black A-5 mandolin
    #12 Black mandolin with no Virzi
    #14 Black oval hole mandolin with Virzi and sound port
    #27 Black mandolin with no Virzi
    #34 Black oval hole mandolin with Virzi
    #35 Black oval hole mandolin with Virzi

    Any else out there like to add to our collection so far?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    I hold that video clip, particularly the part in which Mike is chording and the tone seems almost in technicolor, singularly responsible for my decision to order a Black A2-z with a Virzi last year.
    Same here. That video clip sold me on the Virzi. Now that I have been playing my blonde A2z with Virzi daily since November, I have grown accustomed to have the fuller sonic-scape. My Givens A5 sans Virzi still sounds great, but it is 37 years old and should sound outstanding. Once the Black gets to be 37 years old, I won't be around to enjoy it but my grandchildren will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Gellie View Post
    #? Black GBOM
    Fun project, Nic. The GBOM in my signature is #6!

    We also saw the Black #8 A2-z without Virzi in the video clip that I posted. That one seems well traveled, passing through the hands of Jill McAuley, Clement Barrera-Ng, and even (briefly) fatt-dad!
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    I bought the Black #8 A2z two years ago this week. Pretty sure this will be its final resting place, at least in my lifetime. It is a wonderful instrument. The owner before me noticed the top sinking, sent it to Mr. Black for evaluation, and he re-topped it on a warranty basis--even though it had been through a number of owners by that time. That's just the kind of guy Mike is!

    Eddie, we should get #7 and #8 together for a reunion!

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    Thanks Doug for chiming in and telling us about the history of #8. Sorry I overlooked you since we have had some correspondence about Black oval hole mandolins.
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    an updated roll call for Mike Black mandolins come to:
    #6 Black GBOM
    #7 Black A4 oval hole Mandolin with Virzi
    #8 Black A2z oval hole mandolin
    #11 Black A-5 mandolin
    #12 Black A2 oval hole mandolin with no Virzi
    #14 Black A4 oval hole mandolin with Virzi and sound port
    #27 Black A4 oval mandolin with no Virzi
    #34 Black A2z oval hole mandolin with Virzi
    #35 Black A2z oval hole mandolin with Virzi
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    No other A5's?
    Mine barks and growls like a rabid dog.
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    A perusal of the archives reveals:
    Black
    #1
    #2
    #3
    #4
    #5 Brownburst A5 Brent Hutto
    #6 GBOM Me
    #7 Sunburst A4 with Virzi Eddie Sheehy
    #8 Blonde A2-z Jill, Clement, fatt-dad, Doug Freeman
    #9 Brownburst A5 Bill Duvall
    #10 Blackface A2-z
    #11 Brownburst A5 Gary Wilson
    #12 Brownburst A2 Nic Gellie
    #13
    #14 The Black A4 Jim Clover
    #15
    #16 Sunburst A4 Piccolo with Virzi Molly Black
    #17 Brownburst A4 with Virzi
    #18
    #19
    #20 Sunburst A5 Piccolo
    #21 A2-z with Virzi?
    #22
    #23
    #24 Brownburst A4 with Virzi
    #25 A2-z with Virzi Randy Smith
    #26 Brown A1 Dave Weiss?
    #27 Sunburst A4 Mike Snyder
    #28
    #29
    #30
    #31 Blonde A4
    #32 Brownburst A2 with Virzi
    #33 Brownburst GBOM
    #34 Blackface A2-z with Virzi Me
    #35 A2-z with Virzi Teak
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    Brent's #5 A5 is what got me started.
    It's one beautiful Hoss.
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    Brent's A5
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    Now I really miss #8 - it was a fine fine mandolin.

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    I'll help fill in the Early ones.

    #1 - Sunburst GBOM - (MB logo)
    #2 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi
    #3 - Natural top GBOM with Carp inlay for Dave Firestine
    #4 - 2-point Piccolo for son James Black (JAMES inlayed in the fingerboard)

    Also #13 is a Lucalele (Uke) made for my nephew Luca

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    Hi Mike
    I believe #5 was an A5, wasn't it? I remember one of the cafe member ordered it from you and it was a very good sounding one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Freeman View Post
    I bought the Black #8 A2z two years ago this week. Pretty sure this will be its final resting place, at least in my lifetime. It is a wonderful instrument. The owner before me noticed the top sinking, sent it to Mr. Black for evaluation, and he re-topped it on a warranty basis--even though it had been through a number of owners by that time. That's just the kind of guy Mike is!

    Eddie, we should get #7 and #8 together for a reunion!

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    Sure, Doug. Right now #7 is enjoying a reunion with a Gibson A2-Z. I'll prolly only hang on to one of them though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clement Barrera-Ng View Post
    Hi Mike
    I believe #5 was an A5, wasn't it? I remember one of the cafe member ordered it from you and it was a very good sounding one.
    Well it must be one of those days as I had no idea how I missed all of the posts beforehand. Good work Nick and Pat on compiling a list of known Black mandolins and their owners. And better still to see #8 back in Southern California. Glad you like it Doug!

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    Well I am glad we have managed to locate most of the owners. I am really proud to be an owner of a Black oval-hole mandolin.

    Thanks Mike for filling in the gaps.

    Here is the more complete list with Mike's notes added:

    #1 - Sunburst GBOM - (MB logo)
    #2 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi
    #3 - Natural top GBOM with Carp inlay for Dave Firestine
    #4 - 2-point Piccolo for son James Black (JAMES inlayed in the fingerboard)
    #5 - Brownburst A5 Brent Hutto
    #6 - GBOM Pat Heffernan
    #7 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi Eddie Sheehy
    #8 - Blonde A2-z Jill, Clement, fatt-dad, Doug Freeman
    #9 - Brownburst A5 Bill Duvall
    #10 - Blackface A2-z
    #11 - Brownburst A5 Gary Wilson
    #12 - Brownburst A2 Nic Gellie
    #13 -
    #14 - The Black A4 Jim Clover
    #15
    #16 - Sunburst A4 Piccolo with Virzi Molly Black
    #17 - Reddish brown burst A4 with Virzi
    #18 -
    #19 -
    #20 - Sunburst A5 Piccolo
    #21 - A2-Z with Virzi
    #22 -
    #23 -
    #24 - Brownburst A4 with Virzi
    #25 - A2-z with Virzi Randy Smith
    #26 - Brown A1 Dave Weiss?
    #27 - Sunburst A4 Mike Snyder
    #28 -
    #29 -
    #30 -
    #31 - Blonde A4
    #32 - Brownburst A2 with Virzi
    #33 - Brownburst GBOM
    #34 - Blackface A2-z with Virzi Me
    #35 - A2-z with Virzi Teak
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    Hi,

    Two of Mike's mandolins living happily in Scotland. A4 with virzi no.17 came to Scotland from Kansas via Australia and Italy. A5 no.28 came straight from Mike .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Gellie View Post
    #20 - Sunburst A5 Piccolo
    #21 - A2-Z with Virzi
    I listed #21 with a question mark as there is some confusion about #20. On one hand, Mike's Facebook page seems to suggest that #20 is an A5 piccolo:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...6505312&type=3

    On the other hand, there is an A2-z formerly of Mike Romkey and Nic Gellie that has also been identified as #20:

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/gr...103&do=discuss

    Could there be more than one #20 or was one of these instruments misidentified?
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    #1 - Sunburst GBOM - (MB logo)
    #2 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi
    #3 - Natural top GBOM with Carp inlay for Dave Firestine
    #4 - 2-point Piccolo for son James Black (JAMES inlayed in the fingerboard)
    #5 - Brownburst A5 Brent Hutto
    #6 - GBOM Pat Heffernan
    #7 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi Eddie Sheehy
    #8 - Blonde A2-z Jill, Clement, fatt-dad, Gary Bauer, Doug Freeman
    #9 - Brownburst A5 Bill Duvall
    #10 - Blackface A2-z
    #11 - Brownburst A5 Gary Wilson
    #12 - Brownburst A2 Nic Gellie
    #13 -
    #14 - The Black A4 Jim Clover
    #15
    #16 - Sunburst A4 Piccolo with Virzi Molly Black
    #17 - Reddish brown burst A4 with Virzi Nic Gellie, mandrian
    #18 -
    #19 -
    #20 - Sunburst A5 Piccolo or A2-z with Virzi
    #21 -
    #22 -
    #23 -
    #24 - Brownburst A4 with Virzi
    #25 - A2-z with Virzi Randy Smith
    #26 - Brown A1 Dave Weiss?
    #27 - Sunburst A4 Mike Snyder
    #28 - Sunburst A5 mandrian
    #29 -
    #30 -
    #31 - Blonde A4
    #32 - Brownburst A2 with Virzi
    #33 - Brownburst GBOM
    #34 - Blackface A2-z with Virzi Pat Heffernan
    #35 - A2-z with Virzi Teak
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    I am pretty sure the A2z had #20 on the lable on the inside. Here is an image showing the lable.

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    The Piccolo is #19 and was listed wrong on the facebook page.

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    FYI...21 and 32 are listed wrong above. 21 is a sunburst A2 and 32 is a special short scale A4 w/ virzi and side port.

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    I'm guessing my GBOM will be late 30's to early 40's!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Black View Post
    FYI...21 and 32 are listed wrong above. 21 is a sunburst A2 and 32 is a special short scale A4 w/ virzi and side port.
    Thanks for correcting my guesses, Mike. I questioned whether the #20 A2-z might be #21, due to the confusion with the piccolo, and speculated that the brown A2 which sold through Mass Street might be #32.

    I also noticed that your A2-z design looks to have added a fret somewhere between #8, seen in post #29, and #20, as shown in post #45. I'd be curious to learn what precipitated this change.
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    #1 - Sunburst GBOM - (MB logo)
    #2 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi
    #3 - Natural top GBOM with Carp inlay for Dave Firestine
    #4 - 2-point Piccolo for son James Black (JAMES inlayed in the fingerboard)
    #5 - Brownburst A5 Brent Hutto
    #6 - GBOM Pat Heffernan
    #7 - Sunburst A4 with Virzi Eddie Sheehy
    #8 - Blonde A2-z Jill, Clement, fatt-dad, Gary Bauer, Doug Freeman
    #9 - Brownburst A5 Bill Duvall
    #10 - Blackface A2-z
    #11 - Brownburst A5 Gary Wilson
    #12 - Brownburst A2 Nic Gellie
    #13 -
    #14 - The Black A4 Jim Clover
    #15
    #16 - Sunburst A4 Piccolo with Virzi Molly Black
    #17 - Reddish brown burst A4 with Virzi Nic Gellie, mandrian
    #18 -
    #19 - Sunburst A5 Piccolo
    #20 - A2-z with Virzi
    #21 - Sunburst A2
    #22 -
    #23 -
    #24 - Brownburst A4 with Virzi
    #25 - A2-z with Virzi Randy Smith
    #26 - Brown A1 Dave Weiss?
    #27 - Sunburst A4 Mike Snyder
    #28 - Sunburst A5 mandrian
    #29 -
    #30 -
    #31 - Blonde A4
    #32 - Short scale A4 with Virzi
    #33 - Brownburst GBOM
    #34 - Blackface A2-z with Virzi Pat Heffernan
    #35 - A2-z with Virzi Teak
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