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    Hey everyone,

    I havenít posted much in the last year as COVID kind of drained me of music after a bunch of jams/gigs and festivals were cancelled. Around Christmas something kicked in and Iíve been playing a lot more. Jams are still few and far between, but Iíve been working on solo Telemann and Bach pieces to keep me interested and busy.

    I have a Kimble A style oval hole (#168) mandolin that Iíve had for about 7 years as my only mandolin and love it. Iíve put thousands of hours into it and it has matured very nicely. To be totally honest, I am thankful for such a wonderful mandolin and donít NEED anything else, but WANT is a totally different animal.

    Lately Iíve been thinking about getting an A style mandolin with f holes to go along with the oval. My first thoughts are Will Kimble or Michael Heiden from personal experience, as my son plays a Heiden F that I really like ~ except the point that digs into my leg when I play it sitting down. For the most part Iím mainly a living room picker and play by myself, but did get out to jams a few times a month before the pandemic.

    Would getting a Kimble with f holes (A or 2 point) be a good match, or would there be too much overlap? All the Heiden mandolins Iíve tried have been phenomenal, but that comes in at a pretty penny. I will most likely be looking at a used instrument and still need plenty of time to save up for it (unless Bitcoin goes to the moon this summer).

    What else should I be looking at? Pictures always help!
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    I bought my Kimble A5 in 2008. The choice was between that and an almost identical Heiden. The Kimble sounded warmer and I preferred the way it sounded - even my wife thought it sounded better! The Heiden was around £3500 more than the Kimble. I’ve since bought a Kimble F and that’s a killer. I quite like the way it digs into my leg!

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    You know what I'm going to say.....

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    Buy what you can find.
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    Bitcoin to the moon!! Haha if not in this bull run, absolutely in 4 years
    I’ve always wanted a Kimble mandolin. Everyone I’ve played has been a beast. And I think his aesthetics and designs are second to none and completely unique. Anytime I think about buying one though I just pick up my Harvey Fern and bam! MAS is gone.
    Good luck with your search John.
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    Buy the Gil Model 3 that just hit the classifieds
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    Ellis.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Gray View Post
    Buy the Gil Model 3 that just hit the classifieds
    I wish I could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    You know what I'm going to say.....
    I recon your thinking you want to straight up trade your Heiden for my Kimble
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    I’m sure that Gil an excellent mandolin, but it’s too rich for my blood.

    Ellis make great mandolins, but unfortunately I haven’t found one that speaks to me personally. I can understand why a lot of people like them though.

    Any other suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    I recon your thinking you want to straight up trade your Heiden for my Kimble
    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    I’m sure that Gil an excellent mandolin, but it’s too rich for my blood.

    Ellis make great mandolins, but unfortunately I haven’t found one that speaks to me personally. I can understand why a lot of people like them though.

    Any other suggestions?
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    You canít go wrong with either the Kimble or the Heiden. I know of a very good A Heiden thatís available if you want to send me a PM.

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    ^^this^^ I'm sure both would be awesome. If I were as close as you are, I think I'd go visit Michael Heiden.

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    Tyler White had a pretty one listed on his website . . . briefly. I hope someone here snagged it.

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    That was a while back. It reappeared after that and was resold.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    It was listed as available on Friday and “Sold Out” as of last night. Perhaps that explains why Tyler didn’t respond to my inquiries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    I’m sure that Gil an excellent mandolin, but it’s too rich for my blood.

    Ellis make great mandolins, but unfortunately I haven’t found one that speaks to me personally. I can understand why a lot of people like them though.

    Any other suggestions?
    There are MANY really wonderful mandolins. As you mentioned it all come down to finding one that speaks to you. Good luck in the search.

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    Default Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    Well DJ, A Heiden, in addition to all the tonal attributes, could save you some cross-border shopping.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc holiday View Post
    Well DJ, A Heiden, in addition to all the tonal attributes, could save you some cross-border shopping.......
    Very true Doc. While Michael flirted with retirement last year, I've heard he's in full swing again building a lot of A model mandolins. I do know of a great used
    Englemann A Artist model for sale here in the US (and shipping shouldn't be a big deal) - No financial interest at all...it just happens to be someone I know
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    I don't think of the point as digging into my leg. I think it as anchoring the mando and keeping it from sliding around. All the above suggestions are great. Have fun; you can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    I’m sure that Gil an excellent mandolin, but it’s too rich for my blood.

    Ellis make great mandolins, but unfortunately I haven’t found one that speaks to me personally. I can understand why a lot of people like them though.

    Any other suggestions?
    I'm very satisfied with my Black A5. Very different price point from what you're looking at, but, at the risk of embarrassing Mike, not different quality.
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    Don't discount a Hamlett, they seem to be under the radar unless you own one.
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    Hey Patrick! Yes, that one on my website sold very quickly and was such a great sounding mandolin. I'm sorry you didn't get my response - I had sent an e-mail over on Saturday letting you know that I had made an error with my inventory and that it had in fact sold. Maybe it's in a spam folder?

    I second the advice Evan gave on snatching a Heiden A model if ones available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson84 View Post
    Hey Patrick! Yes, that one sold very quickly and was such a great sounding mandolin. I'm sorry you didn't get my response - I had sent one over on Saturday letting you know that I had made an error with my inventory and that it had in fact sold. Maybe it's in a spam folder?
    Hey Tyler! Thanks for following up with me here. You are correct that your response for some reason ended up in my spam folder, and I apologize if my post came off as unfair or critical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Hey Tyler! Thanks for following up with me here. You are correct that your response for some reason ended up in my spam folder, and I apologize if my post came off as unfair or critical.
    No not at all! Just wanted to make sure that you heard from me. Hopefully another one will become available for you to grab. They're great mandolins.

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