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    Well actually I recieved it on Wednesday, but haven't wanted to stop playing it long enough to write about it. It sounds and plays really great. I am really impressed by it. I got it used fron MandoDan who was great to buy from. I think this will help me learn what I like in mandolins because I will have something I like to compare to when trying other instruments. I Feel like I got my moneys worth and then some. Any suggestions on differnt string types on this mando for differnt tonal effects? It seems to wake up after a few minutes of playing each time I pick it up. Sounds great on pretty tunes like moonlight waltz and on the more aggresive tunes. All in all it is just a lot of fun to play.

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    I love those MTs. Its on my list.
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    Best bang for the buck...Because it's so nice, quality made and affordable...you aren't afraid to play it a lot and hard...Love my MT...I just J74's or EXP74's...I put a Edwards McClung armrest on and love that addition...

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    I have been interested in the McClung armrest. Is it easy to put on the Mt? Is there any risk of damging the insrument? (scratching etc.)

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    Piece of cake putting it on...Since your MT is satin finished and not varnished you are less likely to damage the instrument...I usually wait at least 6 months before putting anything on my varnished mandolins...Once I got the MT, BAM the McClung went on and haven't looked back since...There's a thread or two about the McClung's just do a search and you'll find it...

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    cool. Thank you I shall search.

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    Congrats, I have MF5 but still lust for a MT for me.




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    Out of curiosity. What makes you want another mt when you have the Mf-5 ? Is their some type of sound that the mt does differently. Just a less costly instrument you can take everywhere with less worry? Not that you have to have a clearcut reason. Having this one spurs some strange desire to get another one(perhaps blacktop?)

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    I'll toss in an opinion, not having an MF5, but another nice mandolin...I play my Ellis a lot, but also baby it too...I know some people on the forum hate hearing that...But the MT is awesome sounding, easy playing and one that I can take anywhere and not worry about it getting flamenco'ized (term from my classical guitar training)...I even let my 5 year old play with it hoping he'll get the bug too...

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    Thanks surfandstrum. I was wondering the same thing when I saw that you have an Ellis and an Mt.

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    Pics?
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    I'll see i I can make some pics happen. I think mandoDan still has them on his site in the sold setion. It is the burst one, not the blacktop. It would be cool to put some here though. I was just playing it. Have to go back to it now!

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    Regarding the strings question; I absolutely love Thomastik starks on my MT. One and a while I will go back to J74's, but withing a week I have TI's back on there again. Worth a try if you like TI's.

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    Enjoy!



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    still digging my MT... It kicked me back into the Bluegrass thang. Working on my Monroe licks. Semi obsessed...
    I guess that's what getting a new instrument will do. Especially an MT.... Enjoy yer new toy, Ctone.

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    Congrats on the new MT. I've had mine for about 10 months now and its starting to sound real nice. Regarding string choices-I like the EXP74s. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Ctone @ May 04 2008, 17:36)
    Out of curiosity. What makes you want another mt when you have the Mf-5 ? Is their some type of sound that the mt does differently. Just a less costly instrument you can take everywhere with less worry? Not that you have to have a clearcut reason. Having this one spurs some strange desire to get another one(perhaps blacktop?)
    Englemann top & no $2000 strap thingy! #Proud owner of 2 MT's. #BTW, J74's for strings.

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    It seems like the Collings MT is fast becoming the mandolin of choice for members of the mandolincafe. Maybe we should have our own section on the forum, MTcafe or something
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Ctone @ May 04 2008, 17:36)
    Out of curiosity. What makes you want another mt when you have the Mf-5 ? Is their some type of sound that the mt does differently. Just a less costly instrument you can take everywhere with less worry?
    The MT is not as complex as the MF5 but the tone is of the same Collings quility, perfect! Also I like the Collings neck it plays like butter, and the MT and MF5 are the same. It would be the perfect travel mandolin for long and far away trips.

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    As far as I know, they are not the same. #MF5 has an Adi top and the MT has an Engleman top. #Engleman is preferred by several top players these days. #Some characteristics I've heard attributed to Engleman are warmer / smoother response with a shorter "break in" period. #Feel free to disagree if I'm wrong! # #I've said it before and I'll say it again: I've played them both side by side, and I prefer the MT regardless of price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Ctone @ May 04 2008, 17:36)
    Out of curiosity. What makes you want another mt when you have the Mf-5 ? Is their some type of sound that the mt does differently. Just a less costly instrument you can take everywhere with less worry? Not that you have to have a clearcut reason. Having this one spurs some strange desire to get another one(perhaps blacktop?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Chunky But Funky @ May 05 2008, 14:24)
    As far as I know, they are not the same. #MF5 has an Adi top and the MT has an Engleman top. #Engleman is preferred by several top players these days. #Some characteristics I've heard attributed to Engleman are warmer / smoother response with a shorter "break in" period. #Feel free to disagree if I'm wrong! # #I've said it before and I'll say it again: #I've played them both side by side, and I prefer the MT regardless of price. #

    Doug
    Engleman sounds more open out of the box and as for the MT's price $4,000 that is great. But I have a MF5 almost three years old and opened up it is another world to explore and worth every cent. That's my 2 cents for today

    PS I still think the MT is the best bang for the price!

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