I used to own a very nice Duff F5 a couple years back. #It was a 2000 (number 63 or around there), X-braced, varnish finish, etc. #It was nice, but as most do, I moved to something else.
Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting Paul Duff in person and picking with him for quite awhile. #If you've met him, you know he is a very nice, unassuming guy.
Any case, the point of this thread is that Paul seems to have revamped his mandolin building and is making one helluva mandolin. #He says he almost exclusively makes tone bar instruments now and what I played was incredible. #Lots of volume, clear/strong midrange. And, it was only 5 days old! Excellent fit and finish (which was the case previously). #He's now doing a lot darker (than his previous finishes) Loar-type finish. #I think Paul is really hitting his stride as a builder and would highly recommend his mandolins. #He's taking orders (either directly or through Tony Williamson) and is only about a year out in his waiting list.
I've got no dog in this fight as I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Kimble man. #But having admired Paul's work and having been an owner, I can't say enough good things about what I played last night.