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    This was a completely unplanned NMD. Had Friday off work and decided to stop by the Homestead Pickin' Parlor in Richfield, MN. Was going to maybe get some strings and check out the picks. Wandered into the instrument room and Bruce says - "you here to try the Brentrup?" Uh, what? Didn't expect to see a used one for sale locally. Ends up getting handed to me and it was love at first strum. Even with the extra narrow nut I could tell this was something special. After about a half hour of playing had to text my wife who thankfully gave the okay.

    Details - 2000 Model 23. S/N 6006R, which from what I've read means June 2000 and the 6th mandolin built. Red spruce top. Nut width is 1 1/16" flat fingerboard. Single bound in tortoise on top only. Early headstock logo. Unplated James tailpiece. Lacquer finish. Color is a little more brown than red as shown in the photos.

    Bridge on this one is very tall. Someone added 1/8" of ebony to the base and the saddle still cranked up. The builder also scratched out the warranty information on the label.

    Also, the body is slightly more shallow than my Northfield. Approximately 1/8" all around.

    As to sound. Still getting my hands around this. Drier and more articulate than the Northfield. And louder. Did I mention it's loud? To my ears it's something special. Haven't had a chance to try it in a jam or with either band yet. But looking forward to it.

    Okay, enough rambling. Here are some pictures -

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    Default Re: NMD - Brentrup Model 23

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    ... it was love at first strum....
    Cool!
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    Hi Eric,

    I have only ever heard of good things with Hans' instruments. Good luck and happy picking!!

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    What a beautiful mandolin. Many happy years of playing, Eric!
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    What does NMD stand for?
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    What does NMD stand for?
    New Mandolin Day

    And nice score Eric!!

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    New Mandolin Day. Newly acquired by the person posting. And picture(s) always required or at least desired. This Brentrup is one beautiful instrument. Off topic but zi do wish Homestead would actually reboot their basically empty website.

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    Enjoy Eric, I love my Brentrup.
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    Congrats, Eric. I recently got a 2002 23V and posted about it here. They are something special. https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-Hans-Brentrup
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    Hey, Eric, welcome to the Hans Club. I still treasure mine. I guess at that point Hans just has that B on the headstock not his full name. Best of luck with it. I only played one of those Stealth models aside from my A4C.
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    Congrats! You're getting quite the collection
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    Wait - what? The Homestead had a Brentrup? Sorry I missed that!

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    I also should add congratulations, Eric. You’re a very fortunate fellow.

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    Hoping to hear that one someday. Congrats!

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Really enjoying it.

    A couple of things. The neck is narrow in width, but somewhat deep front to back. Still adjusting to it. Am used to 1 1/8" or wider. Also, while looking it over yesterday, realized the back of the headstock has a maple overlay. It's more of a burl than flame of the rest of the neck. Also discovered by chance that the back is a deeper carve than "normal".

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    The scratch out on the label is curious. Maybe a second owner brought it back to Hans and gave him a hard time? I have to measure the neck on my A4C. I don’t think it is particularly narrow but it is on the funkier side, but not more than typical teens Gibsons. I assume the “B” on the headstock was only for the early ones. On the registry site there is a 1999 one that precedes yours, Eric, and it has that “B” as opposed to the inlaid pearl “JBrentrup.” There are no mandolins from 2000 on the site. By 2001 they all had the “JBrentrup” inlay. You should contact Larry and get a listing for yours on the registry.

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    Mine is from 2005 and the neck is 1 1/8" with a shallow depth. I like it a lot, and it has spoiled me.
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    My 2002 has the same profile as yours, pops. Easy player. I was a little nervous about the neck profile when I was deciding to buy it, but it works like a charm.
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    I just checked the nut width on my A4C and it is also 1-1/8". Like I said a little chunky but no worse than teens Gibsons. A little heftier than Gibson snakeheads but still fine for me.
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    Congrats Eric! Interesting about the label. Maybe this was some kind of one-off prototype. The important part is that it sounds like it found a good home, congrats!
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    Update - after looking at the bridge on the mandolin, had two thoughts 1) it's too far back. A quick check of the 12th fret intonation confirmed this; 2) wonder if a CA bridge saddle is taller and would look less out of place? Yup.

    Looks a lot better now. And still happy with this one -

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    Yeah buddy, that is one mighty fine mandolin! I've never had the pleasure playing one of these! SWEET!

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    Just a little update - was able to play mine side by side with Fred Keller's Model 23 from 2007. Both have a 1 1/16" nut width. His is more V shaped than mine.

    Was also able to compare, and yes, the neck on mine is set back much further. Fred has a Brekke on his and there is no way one would fit on mine. Definitely more like folks described John Duffey's mandolin with the bridge on mine being approximately 1" tall at the center.

    Both were good, although one can tell (a) Fred has played his a lot more, (b) his has a varnish finish, and (c) the tone is different. Maybe his is better. Maybe. But am still not complaining about mine.

    Pops1 - too bad you didn't come over to Lanesboro. We could have had three to compare and contrast.

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    Eric I was at Lanesboro on Friday, wished i'd have known you were there.
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    Default Re: NMD - Brentrup Model 23

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Just a little update - was able to play mine side by side with Fred Keller's Model 23 from 2007. Both have a 1 1/16" nut width. His is more V shaped than mine.

    Was also able to compare, and yes, the neck on mine is set back much further. Fred has a Brekke on his and there is no way one would fit on mine. Definitely more like folks described John Duffey's mandolin with the bridge on mine being approximately 1" tall at the center.

    Both were good, although one can tell (a) Fred has played his a lot more, (b) his has a varnish finish, and (c) the tone is different. Maybe his is better. Maybe. But am still not complaining about mine.

    Could you talk about the difference in tone in the two instruments, please.

    I played a PML (Poor Man´s Loar) at TAMCO quite some time ago. It didn´t have the best setup. Yet it sounded very nice (certainly top tier).

    What do you mean by "the neck on mine is set back much further"? Do you mean that your´s has a steeper neck angle and therefore needs a higher bridge (and therefore has more pressure on the top)? I find it interesting that these factors cause inconsistencies in mandolins. I know at least 3 Vanden mandolins. They are all different. While they are all good mandolins I sort of like only one of them (soundwise). It has to do with the differences in the way they are built.
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