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    Hi Everyone,

    Okay, okay.... I've been silent on this topic since it started in October 2020. But...

    I've had a custom build in the works since then and it is scheduled to arrive TODAY at 6 pm! Did you hear me? I said TODAY!

    It was completed by a luthier whose work I've admired for years and based on the pictures and his great communication mojo it's a very special instrument. Plus, it is a gift from my family for completing a doctoral program last Fall, so has a significant amount of sentimental value already.

    I won't reveal who made it yet. Honestly, I had a custom build years ago and it didn't work out, and I had been blabbing on about the instrument for months while it was being built only to resell it within a few months due to not liking it. It was bad press for the builder. However, this is a much different situation and I of course don't anticipate that happening again.

    The plan is to receive the mandolin, let it acclimate in my home over night, and wake up like a kid on Christmas tomorrow, lol. Stand by....
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    Congratulations on completing the doctoral program! Congratulations on the mandolin too!

    I can't wait to see photos of your new mandolin!

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    Oooh, ooooh!
    I can hardly wait!
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    The suspense is killing me...

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    I'm watching this space!

    Congrats on your Doctoral program. I'm one thesis away from my masters......for about 9 years.. I can only imagine the work it must take for a dissertation.
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    Thanks, everyone!

    It's 2 p.m. and despite checking my front stoop periodically it has not arrived, lol. I even went and checked my mailbox (a few blocks away) to see if USPS left a slip saying to come and pick it up. Nothing.

    Granted, it is supposed to be by 6 p.m.

    Stay tuned (pun intended)!
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    Yee hah. I love that feeling.

    I blogged this just to share on such an occation.

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    Charley

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Jeff,

    This is amazing. Thank you so much. I'm going to attempt to do the same, although I'm on the fence whether or not I want to be worrying about my phone in the midst of the good - albeit temporary - MAS (Mandolin Acquisition Satiation, a.k.a. MAS2.0).
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    I am very excited for you! I understand. And, congrats on your academic achievement! Now, go play!
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    Oh wow, 1st world mando-torture (morture?)....

    The USPS guaranteed delivery by 6 pm last night and that did not happen. The good news is I received an update at 6:30 this morning that it was out on a truck for delivery. So, it was likely in a temperature controlled small-town, rural USPS building most of the night, which may impact how quickly I open it once it arrives!

    More later...
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    Congratulations on both. I would wait to open in cold weather, warm weather I wouldn't worry about. Open it and play away.
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    Fun, and congratulations. What did you study in your doctoral program?

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    Unbox, pace for fifteen minutes, stare at case, pace another fifteen minutes, post results on opening! I don’t think weather is going to be an issue but, building suspense might cause you to faint when tuning up!
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    Congrats on your academic accomplishments. State College, PA / Penn State?
    Perhaps your benevolent family would consider adopting this 68 Year old retiree. My accomplishments would be much more modest (take out the garbage, mow the lawn, fetch the mail, go for my cardio walk, etc.). Hey, can't hurt to ask!
    Keep us posted, we are all suckers for a story like this.
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