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    Although I already posted this information on the cafe and at the Collings Forum, I'll repeat it: #my MT-1 is #33, built 01-00 (happy birthday, MT-1!). #Alex said that they only built 19 MT-1's before switching to the MT-2. #Mine is Englemann, confirmed by Bill himself who looked at it last month at the Music Emporium. #Some MT-1's are Adirondack, some Englemann. #It is a great sounding instrument. #Dan



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    So if they are no longer signed, my signed model must be more valuable huh?

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    My 2005ish MT #647 is signed. I have not seen one that is unsigned.

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    Maybe the unsigned ones are the valuable ones.
    Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (dmargo1045 @ Jan. 09 2007, 10:13)
    my MT-1 is #33, built 01-00 (happy birthday, MT-1!). #Alex said that they only built 19 MT-1's before switching to the MT-2. #
    If they only built 19 MT1s how did they get to #33?

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    Or MT1 #63 (mine). What further confuses me is that there is a Collings MF5 for sale in the classifieds and the seller says it is #63.

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    The F style mandolins clearly have a different serial number sequence. My MF is s/n 229 and it is signed. Iím sure thereís a date on the label but I can not read it. I received it in April of 2004. It was the first MF shipped to Cotten music and I had a hold on it. it shipped to me right after they got it so itís a very early MF. I assume the MF5ís are in the same sequence but canít say for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Michael @ Jan. 09 2007, 15:59)
    Or MT1 #63 (mine). MC.
    Yeah... somewhere in between your mt1 (#63) and my mt2 (#82) was the switch. Maybe someone will get on here and post a later MT1 or earlier MT2. They had to have made at least 63 MT1s unless they were only using odd numbers for the MT1s.

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    dmargo said "Alex said that they only built 19 MT-1's before switching to the MT-2".

    I read in another post that there were 21 MT1s with adirondack tops. I know there were some with Englemann tops...
    So, Does anyone know the total number of MT1's produced?

    and nolan said "somewhere in between your mt1 (#63) and my mt2 (#82) was the switch".

    They were making MT2s at the same time MT1s were being made.
    When I got #63 I almost bought an MT2 and I had been seeing MT2s for sale for at least some months.


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    Why the discrepancy between serial numbers and number of MT-1's? #Who knows? #Maybe they numbered some early prototypes that never saw the light of day. #Maybe the MT-1's and early MT-2's shared the same sequence. #Maybe (although I doubt it) Alex gave me the wrong information. #I guess someone could email the company and ask. #Dan



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    Quote Originally Posted by (Michael @ Jan. 09 2007, 22:34)
    They were making MT2s at the same time MT1s were being made.
    When I got #63 I almost bought an MT2 and I had been seeing MT2s for sale for at least some months.


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    Funny, I read here or on the Collings site that they quit making the MT-1 when they came out with the MT-2.
    Interesting....

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    Yeah, I've read a few things that turned out to be wrong too.

    I've talked to the boys at Collings a few times and gotten different info depending on who answered the phone at that particular time.

    It's got to be tough for them to remember all this stuff without going back and researching and they probably get a lot of calls.

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    There is an MT2 on the classifieds right now, #53, 9/2000. #From what we know, this suggests that MT1's and MT2's shared the same serial number sequence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (dmargo1045 @ Jan. 12 2007, 10:20)
    There is an MT2 on the classifieds right now, #53, 9/2000. #From what we know, this suggests that MT1's and MT2's shared the same serial number sequence.
    Wow, this whole thing has me confused.

    It seems we know more about mandolins made 80 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Nolan @ Jan. 04 2007, 12:49)
    Hereís some info Iíve gathered up from the Collings site and this one.


    MT1
    #33 2000 MT1 Jan

    #63 2001 MT1 Jan

    * Collings only made 21 MT-1's with Adirondack tops then they introduced the MT-2 (according to a post on the Collings site) Iíve heard the rest of the MT-1ís were Engleman. Anyone know for sure?


    MT2

    #82 2001 MT2g Sept

    #125 2002 MT2r Mar
    #155 2002 MT2 April
    #167 ?? MT2h ??
    #186 ?? MT2h ??
    #209 2002 MT2 Oct

    #252 2003 MT2 June

    #496 2005 MT-2

    #1019 2006 MT2V Feb
    #1043 2006 MT2 Sept


    MT
    #525 2004 MT Aug
    #647 2005 MT Sept
    #690 2004? MT
    #999 2005 MT Dec.


    Production info:
    2003 244 Mandolins (97 Aís, 147 Fís)
    2004 558 Mandolins (185 Aís, 373 Fís)
    2005 407 Mandolins (162 Aís, 245 Fís)
    I've got #187 MT2H. Made in 2002.
    Love it. But the finish is peeling off the edge, mainly along the neck. Collings said they'd refinish it free. I've heard of them following through with this promise on others, so I'm not worried.

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    I just noticed on my MT1 #63 that the finish is peeling on the treble side of the neck at frets 1-3.

    Did Collings give you a time frame for having this done?
    Seems like they would have to keep it for a couple months at least.

    Several years ago I had a new Collings D2H guitar that had some finish problems on the back and sides and they refinished the guitar at no charge. It came back looking perfect but I had to do without it for several months.

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    Collings did not give me a timeframe. But I assume, like you, that it would take a couple months. This is why I haven't done it yet. It is a great excuse to buy another mandolin, though!

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    It has been about 7 weeks since I sent my OM2h to Collings for a repair. No word yet from them. I expect it to take at least another couple of months, given what I've heard about their timeframe. No problem; I'm just happy that they're working on it.
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    My #932 MT2V was built in '06 and is signed by Bill Collings. #I sent it to the Collings shop last summer to have Waverly tuners installed by them and I had the mandolin back in my hands in two and a half weeks. #Needless to say, the tuners were installed perfectly.

    This one is still for sale, btw, and only because Michael Heiden built me a replacement!




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    Collings MF s.n.697, August 2006 according to who I spoke to on the phone.

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    My MF5 came direct from the factory in June 2005 #430

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    I have an MT2 # 35 with the date Feb, 2000 on the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (msh_mando @ May 03 2007, 15:51)
    I have an MT2 # 35 with the date Feb, 2000 on the label.
    Cool, an early one. Is it a MT2H, MT2R or MT2G?

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    The label reads mt2sb as far as I can tell. "2-00" and "#35" (at the bottom) are also there of course.

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    I have #15. It's dated 9 99 and is an MT2.

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