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    My Jack Spira Flattop Mandolin is my forever mandolin. Short of economic catastrophe, I won't sell it.

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    I have two. The first is a mandolin I built in 2001 based on a combination of a Lyon & Healy bell shaped tiple and style A mandolin. The second is a Girouard F-5 #83 built in 2014.

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    My Gibson 2003 Gibson DMM. I will never own another mandolin. Hard to believe we have been mates for nearly 20 years.
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    My 2014 Gibson Fern is as close as I have come to the holy grail of mandolins ,love it .It is my go to mandolin for sure

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    I have been fortunate to have a couple mandolins that were my holy grail. Unfortunately, they had to go because of medical issues. After 35 surgeries and disabilities that have made keeping my holy grail mandolin and guitar an impossibility. For some reasons, doctors and hospitals want to get paid. I am thankful I had the opportunity to have a couple of the finest mandolins I have played with the exception of a couple real Loars. I was without one for several years, but I have a mandolin and I love having it. Holy grail? No, but it is a mandolin and it sounds very good and plays very good. I enjoy it more every day, and I can play it in my wheelchair without them getting in the way of the other. I have learned to appreciate what I have and to be grateful to have it. It’s the best mandolin for me because it’s the one I have. I guess that is really as close to a holy grail as a man can expect.
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    My personal favorite is my first mandolin, a plain 1920 Model A. It was what I learned to play on and now, years later, it still gets played most days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Growth View Post
    After a very long journey, it became apparent that I had reached contentment in my search for mando heaven. No more MAS..have other folks found their personal Holy Grail mandolin? Congrats to those who have
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    Not for nothing, but I don't see where you've shared your story. Come on now! Tell us about what inspired you so.
    It is a very unusual occurrence for a poster to pose a question, get three pages worth of interesting replies, but not post anything of his own story. How about it, Old Growth?
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    Just a bit hit and miss on my time these days. I have a 70's Halsey F5 that is hard to beat for my personal taste given the vintage tone and playability.

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    While I have a couple of mandos I love dearly, I'm not sure any of them are the 'Holy Grail', although I would be reluctant to part with them. But I am open to others on offer

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    This is just an addendum to my post #7 about my Heiden Heritage Model F-5.

    Mando & Banjo Week at the Swannanoa Gathering ended a few days ago and once more I got to hear close-up the personal instruments of our instructors Mike Marshall, Matt Flinner, John Reischman, Emory Lester, Don Stiernberg, Casey Campbell, Joe Craven and Alan Bibey (Gilchrist, Gibson, Dudenbostel, Nugget, Flatiron, Rattlesnake) and I spent some time putting Reischman's Loar and Emory's Heiden through their paces again.

    After a week sampling some of the finest mandolins on the planet... I'm still VERY happy with my Heiden Heritage F-5. Very happy indeed.
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    I’m can’t say definitively if my 2014 AL Smart F5 is my holy grail, but since purchasing it several years ago, I haven’t played another mandolin that fits me better. I do have a short list of builders I am curious about like Heiden, Gilchrist, Duff and Ellis, but it would take something extremely special for me to let go of my Smart.
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    The title of this thread seems to suggest that a "Holy Grail" mandolin is one that you hold on to. The first post however suggests that finding that special mandolin results in "no more MAS". Two entirely different things.

    I can't picture ever letting go of my own H.G. mandolin.
    But I can't imagine not perusing the Classifieds wondering if there might not be a Holier Grail out there somewhere.
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    its not the holy grail by any stretch but i got my 29 fern (by trad estimates ) in 2005 its a good one ...itll have to do i guess, i always have secondary mandolins .....i sold my 2012 f-5 gibson to fund a guitar and then stumbled onto a glenn f-5 ( sam bush copy ) that i really like and plan to keep...so i reckon im set for a while....

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    I have always been fickle about my instruments...any however-long favorite of mine has usually been toppled from it's throne by something else eventually. A somewhat spontaneous desire to fully participate in the celebration of the centenary of the Loar-signed era inspired me to recently acquire an F5 that will be 100 years old on 2-24-2024. Izzit my grail? Will it be with me for the rest of my mandolin-stroking years? My plan is to definitely enjoy it at least through it's 100th, and beyond then...?? I suppose I will watch the market and if prices/demand rises again I may release it back into circulation...if not, my heirs can deal with it. In the meantime, I still am beyond giddy about the fact that it is currently mine (MINE!!) and that I get to play it every day and at every show I do that includes me playing mandolin! I have had a Chris Stanley V5 for the past 10 or so years that is fairly Loar-ish and has been my "bluegrass mandolin", but it could be my 1920 F4 that would be the closest to fitting into the one-I'll-always-keep category. But I have no crystal ball or other means of predicting the future, and should add that I am now 66 years old, so...who knows...??
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    "Its sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwgYhy9XTTY
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