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    Default Heron Creek on Baltimore Craigs

    My brother spotted this. I am not familiar with the builder Irv Smoot, but the figure in the wood sure is eye catching.
    those little wires are like cheese cutters.

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    Be Wild Zach Wilson's Avatar
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    Looks like a lot of mando (and extras) for the money!

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    Facebook page for the luthier.
    Allen Hopkins
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    I have a Heron Creek mandolin and Irv Smoot was great to deal with during the purchase process. My mandolin is a quality handmade instrument.


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    Fatally Flawed Bill Kammerzell's Avatar
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    Here's another Craigslist listing on a Heron Creek from only a few days ago I believe. Another from Baltimore.

    It prompted me to look up the builder, call him up and then make arrangements to drive down and see him on yesterday, February 24th. Irv Smoot has an absolutely beautiful location down there in Saint Mary's County Maryland, back in the woods on a creek. Just a really nice guy too. About two hours from where I live in Annapolis.
    And he builds some fine mandolins also. We sat on his porch and I played each of the three builds he had for sale. He had two new builds which can be seen at his Facebook page. Addy Spruce, "Natural" finish, with Maple back sides, and neck. Full Tortoiseshell Binding, Grover Tuners and Compound Radius Board.
    The two new builds sounded great even with older strings on, and being outside. Great tone and volume. Good price point also, $1600.00.
    I wasn't looking to spend that much at this time, but he did have a really good sounding and great looking used model from 2011 that was his personal mandolin. I took that home for $1000.00. I call it "Red" for obvious reasons. Strung it up with EJ 74s and it sounds just great. Has an Engleman top. I'll show a picture here. It was Irv's 5th build from 2011. Great tone and volume, though the new builds did sound much better. The "Natural" finish New Builds looked to have an almost Caramel tone to them. Could have been the bright sunlight?
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    Heron Creek "F" style #5 (2011)
    RAG "F" style #40 (2018)
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