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I love playing bluegrass on MF5 but I am really having a great time playing classical and english folk and draws me to that a lot,what about you MF5 players?
I own a Collings Model A. I use it as my main instrument when I perform on mandolin with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. I would not describe it as a "classical" sound as that term is used in these parts, but it works extremely well in a MO context. Normally it is strung with Thomastik.
Use whatever mandolin you like for whatever music you like. There are no hard and fast rules. It really doesn't matter. I have played some jazz and swing on my bowlback.
The Gibson F5 was originally intended to appeal to players of classical music.
On the other hand, no reason you couldn't branch out into alternative tonalities. At any rate, that excuse has always worked for me.
Hey Rick: I play my MF for classical more than any other style of music. I love the way the sound just soars when I play up the neck. I used Thomstiks originally, but now I use J-74s and they sound great.
I'll second jgarber's post. Look at Mike Marshall, he plays everything on his Loar: jazz, classical, 'grass, choro, fiddle tunes...you name it. I don't think the instrument matters, just "play 'er pretty son".