Re: New Breedlove OF
I have a Breedlove Quartz OF from 2006. It is a fantastic instrument. I happen to love the tailpiece design. I'm one of those who believe the tailpiece doesn't affect sound. I changed to a Allen tailpiece on two other mandolins and heard no difference whatsoever. I love the simplicity of the stock Breedlove tailpiece. The one thing I did change on mine was the tuners. The budget tuner that it comes with are just fine. I never had a single problem with them. I just think the white buttons look a little out of place on that model with all of the other black details on the instrument. It has a black tailpiece, a black headstock veneer, graduated black on the top and sides, and then there are the white tuner buttons. I replaced mine with nickel-plated Elites with black buttons from Stew-Mac. One of the things I get comments on all of the time is how loud it is. I use flatwound strings on it and it still has enough volume to cut through. It is easily the most playable mandolin I have ever used and I have done nothing to the set up since I bought it. The tone continues to mature all of the time. I used Thomastik flatwound strings when I first bought, but the tone has warmed up quite a bit and I found the TI's to be sounding dull, so I switched to the D'Addario FW-74's and it sounds fabulous to me. I understand that Breedlove's are about to have quite a price increase, so I'm glad I got mine when I did.
Last edited by mandobassman; Jan-31-2012 at 10:37pm.
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