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    So, with few exceptions, the list of sponsors on the home page of the cafe that you might want to check out would be:

    The Mandolin Store
    Mandolin Bros.
    Janet Davis Music
    Elderly Instruments
    FolkMusic.Com
    The Music Emporium

    Almost all have been mentioned.
    So is this list still accurate? I saw where Mandolin Brothers is online only now.

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    Mandolin Bros. is an online operation and pretty much has been since Stan Jay passed away. I know nothing of the new operation. Janet Davis Music went out of business years ago. I'm not sure Folk Music.Com is still around, we haven't heard from him in quite a while. Elderly and the Mandolin Store are still in business and doing well. The Music Emporium is still out there. There's also Carter's in Nashville.

    We also have Morgan Music, the Denver Folklore Center, Lowell Vintage, and Gryphon as well.

    By the way, that original list was from 2011. Things change over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Mandolin Store is an online operation and pretty much has been since Stan Jay passed away. I know nothing of the new operation. Janet Davis Music went out of business years ago. I'm not sure Folk Music.Com is still around, we haven't heard from him in quite a while. Elderly and the Mandolin Store are still in business and doing well. The Music Emporium is still out there. There's also Carter's in Nashville.

    We also have Morgan Music, the Denver Folklore Center, Lowell Vintage, and Gryphon as well.

    By the way, that original list was from 2011. Things change over the years.
    Mike, would you know offhand which of these is closest to Dallas Texas? If not, I'll figure it out.

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    Fiddlers Green (Lockhart) is probably the closest store to Dallas with a sizeable inventory
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Mandolin Store is an online operation and pretty much has been since Stan Jay passed away. I know nothing of the new operation. Janet Davis Music went out of business years ago. I'm not sure Folk Music.Com is still around, we haven't heard from him in quite a while. Elderly and the Mandolin Store are still in business and doing well. The Music Emporium is still out there. There's also Carter's in Nashville.

    We also have Morgan Music, the Denver Folklore Center, Lowell Vintage, and Gryphon as well.

    By the way, that original list was from 2011. Things change over the years.
    You may be thinking of The Mandolin Brothers as being online only? The Mandolin Store was located in Surprise, AZ and relocated to north Nashville last year. The have a brick and mortar store as well as online. Two others would be Carter's Guitars (looking on like may have the largest selection) and The Music Emporium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Winn View Post
    Fiddlers Green (Lockhart) is probably the closest store to Dallas with a sizeable inventory
    I had checked Fiddlers Green's website and saw only 2 oval As, both Eastman. Just looked again.

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    Please just buy the Pava oval at The Mandolin Store so I can stop lusting after it. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwest Steve View Post
    You may be thinking of The Mandolin Brothers as being online only? The Mandolin Store was located in Surprise, AZ and relocated to north Nashville last year. The have a brick and mortar store as well as online. Two others would be Carter's Guitars (looking on like may have the largest selection) and The Music Emporium.

    I was writing that while waiting in line for a vaccination. I've corrected it. Yes, I meant Mandolin Bros. I know Dennis is still in business.
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    Sherry, it’s not close to Dallas, but if you can get to Nashville, the mando world is your oyster...or something like that. Carter’s, Gruhn’s, TMS, Cotten Music, Artisan Guitars, and I’m sure there are others. I know for a fact you can spend the better part of a day in Carter’s, Gruhn’s, and Artisan (well, at least pre-Rona), cuz that’s what I did the Saturday I was in town. Awesome day!

    Fiddler’s Green was also cool to deal with when I bought my Rigel from them, and, much closer...
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    Lol. Oh, you mean, like a store?
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Why did I just now notice I was reading a 10 year old thread? Shame on me..

    Well, at least the OP updated us on his choice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Lol. Oh, you mean, like a store?
    Literally laughed out loud.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Lol. Oh, you mean, like a store?
    Pretty sure we know which member has the largest selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens View Post
    Why did I just now notice I was reading a 10 year old thread? Shame on me..

    Well, at least the OP updated us on his choice!!

    I'm guilty of reviving this thread. I've read too many comments chastising those who didn't do their research as to previous threads first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    Sherry, it’s not close to Dallas, but if you can get to Nashville, the mando world is your oyster...or something like that. Carter’s, Gruhn’s, TMS, Cotten Music, Artisan Guitars, and I’m sure there are others. I know for a fact you can spend the better part of a day in Carter’s, Gruhn’s, and Artisan (well, at least pre-Rona), cuz that’s what I did the Saturday I was in town. Awesome day!

    Fiddler’s Green was also cool to deal with when I bought my Rigel from them, and, much closer...
    Chuck, my husband, who doesn't see the need for a second mando, or even an upgrade, has actually agreed to a road trip to Nashville! I have checked out Fiddler's Green, but it seems there are only 2 oval hole As there right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F. View Post
    Pretty sure we know which member has the largest selection.
    Oh, no, there are some folks who have quite a few more, and then some
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Just an observation. I usually window shop at many of the online stores mentioned in this thread and there seems to be less new mandolins in the system in general then there was say 6 months ago. I could be wrong, but in seems that way to me online anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Lol. Oh, you mean, like a store?
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F. View Post
    Pretty sure we know which member has the largest selection.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Oh, no, there are some folks who have quite a few more, and then some
    Do we have to distinguish between sheer quantity and mere quality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    Chuck, my husband, who doesn't see the need for a second mando, or even an upgrade, has actually agreed to a road trip to Nashville! I have checked out Fiddler's Green, but it seems there are only 2 oval hole As there right now.
    Sounds like FUN! I love road trips, and with mandolins as the goal of the trip, what could be better!

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    Bernunzio has a decent inventory, though probably not in the league of the Mandolin Store, Gruhn, Carter Vintage, or Elderly.

    Enough to keep a local boy tempted, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Do we have to distinguish between sheer quantity and mere quality?
    I think a bit of both. Largest selection, was the criteria.

    And as there are a lot more people playing and learning to play these days, the inventories in shops has been a bit scarce.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    The Mandolin Store can sometimes have more copies of one single model of one Eastman model than other stores have in their entire collective mandolin inventory. If that's what's important... there you go.

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    I was surprised at the selection at Dusty Strings in Seattle had before Christmas. My niece has started playing and lives just down the street from them. We went over the inventory they had on-line before she made an appointment and it was quite a selection. They even had a New Mad carbon fiber A5!
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    I was surprised at the selection at Dusty Strings in Seattle had before Christmas. My niece has started playing and lives just down the street from them. We went over the inventory they had on-line before she made an appointment and it was quite a selection. They even had a New Mad carbon fiber A5!
    I’ve been eyeing the Cohen. Priced very fairly too.

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