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    Default Happy birthday to me - My new Pomeroy #274

    After several years playing my Dad's old Gibson A-40, I decided it was finally time to have a mandolin made for me. Coincidentally, it arrived just a few days before my birthday!

    I play bluegrass but am becoming more and more interested in other genres (classical, Irish, jazz) and wanted something with a warmer, fuller sound. I also don't play very fast and so greater sustain was high on the list of priorities. In addition, while I love the Gibson and I would never sell it, the C-shaped neck and nut width were not ideal for my left hand.

    After searching around for a while I read about Don Paine at Pomeroy Instruments and immediately knew that he was producing mandolins with the sound I was looking for in his violin-style instruments. Don was great to work with and not only did I get the mandolin of my dreams, I also received a first class education in mandolin construction!

    So here is my beautiful new violin-style mandolin, made with walnut back and sides and a red spruce top, and (new for me) a radius fretboard. Don suggested trying flat wound strings and he was right. The sound is incredible. It sustains for days. Hopefully I will get it together to post an audio file soon, but in the meantime here are some pictures of Pomeroy #274.

    More pictures and audio files of his v-style mandolins:https://pomeroyinstruments.com/
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    Default Re: Happy birthday to me - My new Pomeroy #274

    Very nice. Enjoy!!

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    Looks really nice! Since sustain is a high priority for you, walnut instead of maple was a good call.

    Enjoy!
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    What a beauty! Congratulations.

    That walnut looks spectacular.
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    Absolutely gorgeous mandolin and I just fell down a rabbit hole and spent a good while on the Pomeroy website and it was so interesting. The violin style with the walnut is just stunning! Happy birthday and enjoy that mandolin for years to come!

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    Thank you all. When Don was going through the walnut he had on hand, he found this one-piece back in his inventory. I know it would have sounded just as great with a two-piece back, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it!

    I keep alternating between playing it and just sitting here looking at it, it's so beautiful.

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    I guess I'd rather be in Colorado...

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    Congratulations! I've been enjoying #268 outfitted pretty similarly. Don strung up my Thomastik stark strings. It's a true joy to play -- lots of sustain, lots of resonance, lightweight, very easy to play, and it stays in tune for days. I echo your positive experiences working with Don. Enjoy!

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    Congrats! and welcome to the Pomeroy family. Happy owner of #264, his plain oval A model. Love that violin style and the walnut back is gorgeous on yours. Enjoy!
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    I've got Pomeroy F5 #39, and it is a killer mando...bluegrass, old time, celtic - it does it all. Can't say enough good things about it.
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    I play Irish and old time on my Pomeroy oval and love how it sounds. But I've played it in a bluegrass jam in a pinch and it performed well. Enjoy your beautiful mandolin!
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    Pomeroy #243 and I welcome you to the club.Click image for larger version. 

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    Absolutely gorgeous! Great call on the walnut and violin style. Play it in good health!

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    Default Re: Happy birthday to me - My new Pomeroy #274

    Thank you everyone! Great to see so many other Pomeroy owners here!

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    Happy NMD! Congrats!
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    Someone (not me of course!) should start a Pomeroy registry.
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    Default Re: Happy birthday to me - My new Pomeroy #274

    Beautiful instrument. Love the walnut and the burst. Congrats and enjoy!

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