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    Hello all I have been lurking here for a while. About 6 months ago the mandolin bug hit me hard even though I had never played one. I have played guitar for a bout 10 years, but never mandolin. I search and could never pull the trigger. Then a 2008 Collings MT popped up on the classifieds and took the plunge.

    Then not really looking a Girouard popped up for a great price. It's #33 Carpathian Spruce over Maple.

    So now I own 2 and I am just learning to play. Boy when I fall hard, I fall hard!

    Both play and sound incredible (Much better than I can play) but I look forward to the journey!
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    Welcome to the Forum, and enjoy playing your new mandolins. As you've no doubt noticed, folks at the Cafe are very helpful, so don't be shy with your questions.
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    Good choices. Everyone needs a backup
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    No oval?
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    No oval?
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    Welcome from another happy Girouard owner and well done on two great first mandolins! Nice instruments definitely facilitate learning, great to have you here!
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    You have just embarked on a very fulfilling journey equipped with two very fine instruments. Good luck and I hope we will see you posting some examples soon - have a look at the Song-A-Week Group and see what is on offer there.
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    Those are some nice looking instruments! Have fun!
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    Congrats! And welcome! Those two beautys should keep you on target...

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    Nice looking mandolins. This question for you: If circumstances were such that you could only keep one, which would it be?

    If you haven't heard yet, you'll find the mandolins from your makers are pretty consistent. Not at all with Gibson ovals. Finding the right one can become an expensive education. 'Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan in va View Post
    Nice looking mandolins. This question for you: If circumstances were such that you could only keep one, which would it be?

    If you haven't heard yet, you'll find the mandolins from your makers are pretty consistent. Not at all with Gibson ovals. Finding the right one can become an expensive education. 'Nuff said.
    That is a really tough question for me. First off I am fortunate to be able to have both. That said, sound wise the Collings is mellower, the Girouard is louder and has more "bark. But I need to change the strings on the Collings. I had to change the strings on the Girouard as one of the "E" strings was broken and they were pretty old.

    The Collings is very close to mint condition and does not seem to have been played a lot. The Girouard on the other hand has and that may attribute to the sound differences. Also, the Collings has an Engleman Spruce top, Maple back and sides, ebony finger board, nitro finish vs the Girouard is Carpathian Spruce, Maple back and sides, rosewood finger board, varnish finish. Different builders and the internals may or may not be different. To my ears they di sound a little different, not in a bad way! Maybe I should through in the owners ears may be the biggest difference.

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    Welcome to the Cafe!

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    Welcome to the Cafe! Your MAS (mandolin acquisition syndrome) is off to a good start.
    As a fellow Girouard mandolin owner, I will tell you that if you have any questions about your mandolin, Max and Lauri are more than willing to answer. They are incredibly nice to deal with.
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    Nice looking instrument!

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    Beautiful! And welcome to the cafe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slaminsam View Post
    So now I own 2 and I am just learning to play. Boy when I fall hard, I fall hard!

    Both play and sound incredible (Much better than I can play) but I look forward to the journey!
    I had a similar journey and started playing mando (after decades of guitar) on a really nice mandolin, far better than I deserved. The great thing is, now I spend hours looking at pretty mandolins; but, I never actually buy any because I just want to play the one I have, and a new one will eat into that time. If I had started with a cheapie, I would have gone through a few upgrades in the past year or two for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan in va View Post
    Nice looking mandolins. This question for you: If circumstances were such that you could only keep one, which would it be?

    If you haven't heard yet, you'll find the mandolins from your makers are pretty consistent. Not at all with Gibson ovals. Finding the right one can become an expensive education. 'Nuff said.
    Although I'm on my first Gibson oval and love it. Luck of the draw, I guess.

    Still need a sunburst OMI Dobro mando to complement my sunburst OMI Dobro guitar, though! And a Harmony electric batwing to complement my Strats.

    Welcome, Sam! Your house will be cluttered with mandos in no time. I a good way!
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    Congrats on the two fine new (to you) instruments and welcome to the cafe!
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    Welcome, SlaminSam! Nothing wrong with skipping the entry level mandos and picking either one of the ones you got. Or both!

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