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    Default Re: Mandolin Tasting: Gibsons, Buckeye, Duff, Northfiled

    Like a lot of the others might pick #5 or #1 first. Even though #6 has the least amount of treble emphasis, I do like the overall tone.

    Definitely a nice comparison. Not a bad one in the bunch by any means.
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    Number 4, followed by number 1.
    Great work on your part!

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    I’m most curious which was x braced, in the past I have almost always preferred the sound of an x braced mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Leyda View Post
    I thought they all sounded great!

    1 and 3 were my favorites
    4 and 5 were the next tier
    then 2 and 6
    But I'd be happy with any of em!
    Thanks for listening and giving your input! hope to have the "reveal" in a week or so.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Tasting: Gibsons, Buckeye, Duff, Northfiled

    Quote Originally Posted by J Mangio View Post
    With sound / tone being so subjective, I'm amazed that a great deal of people listen with their eyes, not ears.
    Very true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    #1 has a richness and depth of tone the others don't, and I like the little bit of sparkle #5 has, especially in its higher register. None are anywhere near dreadful, but when compared to the others #6 seems slightly muted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Like a lot of the others might pick #5 or #1 first. Even though #6 has the least amount of treble emphasis, I do like the overall tone.

    Definitely a nice comparison. Not a bad one in the bunch by any means.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Oliver View Post
    Number 4, followed by number 1.
    Great work on your part!
    thanks for giving it a listen!
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    The suspense is killing me

    I've listened on an iPhone, ear buds and over ear headphones and I keep picking #2 every time. #3, #5, #1 are close behind.
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    I listened with a decent pair of headphones. I do like the fact that they all were played by the same player with the same strings and pick. sure some mandolins may prefer a certain string or pick. But this made put them all on ever playing field. There are subtle differences between them but they are all are good sounding mandolins. What it proved to me was it is the player. As long as a good player has good mandolin they will get a lot out of the instrument and sound fairly similar what ever they play. thank you for taking the time to do this. Time to go practice.

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    6 4 1
    6 for depth of tone
    4 for clean sound
    1 for brightness
    If I were buying, it would probably be 4 because that's the type of sound I prefer.

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    I have listened to this way too many times but one thing I wish I would have the first time through was to listen without watching the numbers flash on the screen then see if could tell how many mandolins were played. There are a couple close enough that the first time through I think my guess as to the number of mandolins played would have been four. After listening to this only God knows how many times I can tell more easily now but the first time through I don't think I would have guessed six.
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    After a couple times through, I think #6 does it for me. But, I don’t know if it’s what I would pick if I was a bluegrass player. However, #6 seemed well balanced and had a bit of growl that I love in ITM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwest Steve View Post
    I listened with a decent pair of headphones. I do like the fact that they all were played by the same player with the same strings and pick. sure some mandolins may prefer a certain string or pick. But this made put them all on ever playing field. There are subtle differences between them but they are all are good sounding mandolins. What it proved to me was it is the player. As long as a good player has good mandolin they will get a lot out of the instrument and sound fairly similar what ever they play. thank you for taking the time to do this. Time to go practice.
    Thanks for giving it a listen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eckra View Post
    6 4 1
    6 for depth of tone
    4 for clean sound
    1 for brightness
    If I were buying, it would probably be 4 because that's the type of sound I prefer.
    Thanks for giving your input!! I'll try to give the "reveal" soon... want to leave enough time for people who care to listen and give their input to be able to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nultylynch View Post
    After a couple times through, I think #6 does it for me. But, I don’t know if it’s what I would pick if I was a bluegrass player. However, #6 seemed well balanced and had a bit of growl that I love in ITM.
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    Tough! I like the lot and really like a few a few. Here's my order: 1 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 5 > 6 though I'm almost positive that I'd reorder upon a second listen. My guess is the no. 1 is either the LL or the Fern. But I'm rooting for the Buckeye! Thanks for putting this together. Super fun.
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    You may remember https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/c...-Acoustic-Disc. That was a difficult one. I was sooo wrong with my guesses then. I do not know if the soundfiles are still out somewhere. If so, I didn´t find them.

    That is why I withheld my guesses here also. But the rythm playing in the background, the reverb or whatever was done to enhance the listening experience did make it even more difficult, I think.

    Looking forward to the reveal though. Also, nice playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mando_dan View Post
    Tough! I like the lot and really like a few a few. Here's my order: 1 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 5 > 6 though I'm almost positive that I'd reorder upon a second listen. My guess is the no. 1 is either the LL or the Fern. But I'm rooting for the Buckeye! Thanks for putting this together. Super fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grassrootphilosopher View Post
    You may remember https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/c...-Acoustic-Disc. That was a difficult one. I was sooo wrong with my guesses then. I do not know if the soundfiles are still out somewhere. If so, I didn´t find them.

    That is why I withheld my guesses here also. But the rythm playing in the background, the reverb or whatever was done to enhance the listening experience did make it even more difficult, I think.

    Looking forward to the reveal though. Also, nice playing.
    Thanks for listening!! I have added a sound file with just the mandolins playing the lead and the "chop" mandolin removed... there is a link to the file in the video description now.. check it out and see if that makes it any easier.

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    Listened to the sound file. This is a great sampling of mandolins. Very diverse group of builders. It really demonstrates how much influence the mandolin player has on the overall tone. All though there are slight differences in the sound, they are all very close. Great stuff Gabriel. Thanks again for putting it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addamr View Post
    Listened to the sound file. This is a great sampling of mandolins. Very diverse group of builders. It really demonstrates how much influence the mandolin player has on the overall tone. All though there are slight differences in the sound, they are all very close. Great stuff Gabriel. Thanks again for putting it together.

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    1 and 3 had the special sauce for my ears. Listening on a nice reference system.
    All were nice pro quality sounding, not a slouch in the bunch.
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    I liked #4 best, with #1 and #6 close. #4 and #1 each sounded a bit 'dry' to me, which I liked.

    And 3,2,5 are all tied.

    They are all lovely sounding and the playing was great. thanks so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMatt View Post
    1 and 3 had the special sauce for my ears. Listening on a nice reference system.
    All were nice pro quality sounding, not a slouch in the bunch.
    Thanks for listening and giving your "pic"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    I liked #4 best, with #1 and #6 close. #4 and #1 each sounded a bit 'dry' to me, which I liked.

    And 3,2,5 are all tied.

    They are all lovely sounding and the playing was great. thanks so much
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    Number 1 for me.

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    I'm so far from having any idea of what a "perfect" mandolin should sound like, this was just a fun listening exercise for me. All of them sounded like an instrument I should not be allowed near .

    I'm fairly sure it would depend on the player and what they wanted to do with a particular instrument - solo recording, bluegrass, jazz, whatever, because, just by the names there, they'd all likely find a loving home (if they don't already have one!).

    I tended to like what I am guessing is the "woodier" sound of 2 and then 1, but I've got "+" signs next to all of them on different passes with different headphones. Color me clueless as to which was which and really looking forward to being enlightened.
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