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    Smile Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    I received some pics from Audey of my new mandolin. He said it needs a few weeks of curing before shipment. I am possessed with excitement and anticipation. Adirondack top, satin lacquer finish. Triple bound top and side, tortoise/white/black, Walnut headstock veneers, Speed neck. Extras include EVO frets, satin sliver Waverlys with ebony buttons, Weber armrest/tailpiece, a Weber traditional bridge, and a Northfield Airloom case.
    The pics are a little digitized, will upload high quality pics when I get it.
    It's been a decade since my last custom mandolin order, and I wish I could afford to do it from all the great builders working today.

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    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Look forward to seeing the finished product. I'm sure the wait is a killer.

    Audey is a very under rated craftsman.

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    The wait has been less than a year, which I didn't expect...when I first contacted him, he said two plus years. I think he took pity on me
    The first six months seemed to stand still, as I thought I was waiting two years...the he told me he had started, and a year of slow time was gone in a blink...from the fountain of youth to one step closer to the grave in a single email!lol!
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    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    O man, that's nice. Lp
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    Oh wow, it's really nice! Good job, keep going.

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Congrats, that looks very nice. I'm expecting delivery on a new Apitius in a couple of months, so I can definitely relate to the anticipation.
    A quarter tone flat and a half a beat behind.

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bob View Post
    ... I'm expecting delivery on a new Apitius in a couple of months, so I can definitely relate to the anticipation.
    Totally Bob! Waiting on a new mandolin does strange things to the passage of time. Which Apitius model are you getting? I hope to have a chance to play an Apitius, the recordings I've heard are quite impressive.
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    Too many microphones

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    I'm getting the Vanguard.

    He sent some pics last week, but it's still in the build stage. If it looks anything like the one in his album, I'll be very happy.
    A quarter tone flat and a half a beat behind.

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    Heck yeah Bob, that should be a sweet mando. The videos of D. Benedict playing his are really nice.
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    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
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    Really nice looking mando, Matt!
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    Wow! That is a beautiful mando.

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    This is looking amazing!
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    Looking Good!!!!!!

    Anticipation of the wait is the hardest price to pay.
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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Tick-tock, still waiting...probably two more weeks till it ships
    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Lovey aesthetic choices, and the design and execution of the headstock inlay is quite something.

    Curing time is important, lest you endure case rash from shipment.

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    It looks like a beaut and you are getting sooner than anticipated. As most of us know, the anticipation is the hard part.
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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    It ships next week! Pics and sound soon to follow.
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    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
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    Too many microphones

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMatt View Post
    It ships next week! Pics and sound soon to follow.
    The wait is almost over. Congrats, and be sure to give us a review.
    A quarter tone flat and a half a beat behind.

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    Sweet!! I love everything about it but I'd like to see a closeup of the binding. It looks great from here. Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Trujillo View Post
    Sweet!! I love everything about it but I'd like to see a closeup of the binding. It looks great from here. Congrats!
    Thanks, I plan to update my profile and album with new pics of both my mandos next week when the Ratliff arrives. It's triple top and side, tor/w/b.
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    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Got some more teasers pics from Audey...it ships tomorrow. I'm looking forward to some sore fingers!
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    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    I'll bet the setup is low and sweet. Buttery soft and no sore fingers. Lp
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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    I have been loving my first few weeks on my new Ratliff. I haven't tried to shoot a video of myself yet, but I did of John Reischman. I opened for a show of his here in Bozeman last week and he took my axe for a spin after the show. Dam he's an awesome picker!
    https://youtu.be/nJHg1aWQOF4
    Audey made me a real nice mandolin.
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    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

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    Default Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Nice!!!! If I didn't have a 20 year old RA5 of Audie's I'd sure be looking to have one of his "F's".

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelcj View Post
    Nice!!!! If I didn't have a 20 year old RA5 of Audie's I'd sure be looking to have one of his "F's".
    You need one of each. I has a pair of country boys. Really nice.
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