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    Tony Williamson, one of the country's premier collectors, vintage instrument dealers and acoustic musicians has announced the release of his newest self-produced project, Lloyd Loar Mandolins.



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    Can't wait to hear this!

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    What a great recording effort. This ought to be something to listen to. If it is as well recorded as the "At McBanes Mill" it should sound really nice. And talk about product endorsement for Paul Duff (who deserves it).
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    This should be a great project; can't wait.

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    Glad to see that Tony is doing this. We tried to pull off a all Loar tasting at the Loar Fest in California a few years ago, but was unable to complete the project due to circumstances beyond our control. Can't wait to hear the recordings.
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    Default Re: Tony Williamson - Lloyd Loar Mandolins

    My `98 Rattlesnake was built from blueprints made of Tony's Loar (#75941).

    You can read about his association with Rattlesnakes and Olin Davis here:

    http://www.rattlesnakemandolins.com
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    Got my copy in the mail this morning and it is playing in the background as I write this. Beautiful recording- thanks Tony! But there is no way in Hades that I will be able to guess which Loar is which in the contest. They all sound wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stever1422 View Post
    Got my copy in the mail this morning and it is playing in the background as I write this. Beautiful recording- thanks Tony! But there is no way in Hades that I will be able to guess which Loar is which in the contest. They all sound wonderful.
    Could you please post a more indepth review about this recording.
    - How´s the recording setup? Does it sound organic (acoustically pleasing like the Tone Poems/-Poets recordings)?
    - Does each track cover most aspects of mandolin playing (double stops, tremolo, chops etc.)?
    - Is it just the mandolin by itself or is there acompaniment (if so, what instrument)?
    - Were the tracks all recorded in the same environment (I remember "The Lloyd Loar song being recorded on the "All For Naught" record allready and "Cherokee" is on the Tone Poets CD)?
    - Do the instruments sound alike or do they have significant differences in the sound?

    Looking forward to your (or someone else´s) review.
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    Tony Williamson makes some of the most amazing recordings...time to dig some of them out, and buy this new one.

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    Thank you to all the Mandolin Cafe subscribers for the overwhelming support for my new project, "Lloyd Loar Mandolins." As you might expect it is a labor of love and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to play these wonderful mandolins for you. Here, I want to answer questions I have received: yes, some of these mandolins are for sale and listed at mandolincentral.com; some are ones that I own or have owned. All are among my favorite instruments I have ever encountered. The recording is definitely organic, as I explain in the website and on the liner notes, these are solo arrangements recorded live in a pure, audiophile setting. All the tracks were recorded in this setting on two days in August except the "Cherokee" which was borrowed from my performance on David Grisman's Tone Poets. CD Copies are already being shipped from Mandolin Central even though the release date is not until November 1st. We will also be distributed online by Acoustic Oasis and high quality wave files will be available. The session: my mandolin tech Ben Maschal and I spent several days getting the instruments set up, all to the same specs using D'Addario EXP74strings. Ben was also on hand at the studio with last minute adjustments, and as he handed me each instrument, I simply began playing and the resultant track is the music that the mandolin and I connected with at that time. There are individual bonus tracks where all mandolins play the same piece. After mastering, my engineer set the bonus tracks on shuffle play and the resultant order was determined for the CD and the only listing of the order was in the form of a print out, which is stored in the vault at Mandolin Central. It will be opened prior to my solo set at Merlefest in April 2012 and the winner will be decided then and the contest will officially be over. Even I do not know the order and plan to take the test myself (but I will not be qualified for prizes!) To me, all the mandolins are great; there are significant differences in tone, however, which to me are distinct but subtle. If you are interested in discerning these nuances, I would say listen closely! You will not be able to benefit from the subtleties of these instruments by listening to mp3s versions. If you just want to enjoy the program of music, I would hope that the Cd will be very satisfying in that regard as well. Let me know what you think!! --Tony Williamson
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    Just ordered my copy online. Can't wait to get it. Thanks

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    Very Sweet and Super Kool CD!!,,I got 3 copies of it from Tony a few days ago,,and simply love it "And 2 are gifts",,Awesome CD,,really can hear the different tonal qualities of each mandolin,,all sound great but I do have my favorites,,this goes along with the different threads here on the forum I think?,,Everyone should give this a listen if ya think all Loars are alike,,Personally I think even some non-loars sound everyway as good if not better than some Loars!,Its all personal preferance!
    Tony knows how to get the tone out of em and he is a real good guy to deal with,down to a cd or 2 or a fine vintage instrument!
    Buy this CD,,you will love it! Happy pickin,,Billy Smith

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    Today's the release day! I've already got my pre-release copy, and must say that it's the most amazing cd I've ever heard! I have reviewed it here:

    Lloyd Loar Mandolins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Central View Post
    Thank you to all the Mandolin Cafe subscribers for the overwhelming support for my new project, "Lloyd Loar Mandolins." Even I do not know the order and plan to take the test myself (but I will not be qualified for prizes!)
    Now there is a fair guy- disqualifying himself from his own contest!

    I still have no clue about the order of instruments, but every time I listen to the CD I like it more. Nicely done!

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    Just got my copy in the mail today. Can't wait to pop it in to the CD player when I get home!

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    Each week, the "Lloyd Loar Mandolin" page continues to grow, with more photos of mandolins and stories about the songs and details about the instruments. This is an absolutely FREE aspect of this project and is available to everyone, whether you buy the CD or not. Just click on the link below. Thank you to all who have purchased the CD, and it is our hope that this information will enrich your experience with the project. Also, there are hints there which may help with your contest entry (purchase of the CD IS required to enter the contest). Enjoy!

    http://www.mandolincentral.com/lloar.html

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    Received my copy of Lloyd Loar Mandolins last week. I'm enjoying the CD, not only the sounds of the mandos but the songs themselves.

    Inspired me to stop by Mandolin Central. Tony was gracious enough to allow me to listen to and play three of the Loar F-5's he used on this project. Man! Made my heart flutter!

    Thanks Tony!

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    So , Whatdjya think ?
    How'd they compare to other mandos you've played & to each other ?
    I've only had the good fortune to pick on one, on a couple of different occasions .

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    thanks for all the wonderful feedback on my latest cd "Lloyd Loar Mandolins". I wish to remind all those who have purchased and those who intend to get a copy that the deadline for the $1000 gift certificate contest is April 27, the Friday of Merlefest where this material will be performed live. If you plan on mailing your entry form, please make sure your mailing ARRIVES at Mandolin Central no later than April 25 so we can get them counted and graded. Also, we will continue to accept entries delivered in person at Merlefest, right up to the hour of the contest. Good luck!!

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    Tracks revealed. Tony just sent this email:

    At the conclusion of Tony Williamson's "Lloyd Loar Mandolin" set at Merlefest on Friday April 27, a gift certificate for $1000 worth of merchandise from Mandolin Central was awarded to Hayden Savery, the winner of the Lloyd Loar identification contest. Here, for the first time, we reveal the identity of all the mandolins played on the CD bonus tracks 15 through 27:

    scale A: The Fern #84682
    scale B: Fred #75702 2/18/24
    scale C:. 22 #71633 12/20/22
    scale D: Cleveland #75696 2/18/24
    scale E: 2006 Paul Duff F-5
    scale F: Gold 'un #79719 12/1/24
    scale G: Green Hornet #72060 2/8/23
    scale H: Lloyd #75941 3/31/24
    scale I: Lloyd's other brother Lloyd # 72450 3/16/23
    scale J: Mon #73994 7/9/23
    scale K: Short Fern #87367
    scale L: Tiger #72211 4/26/23
    scale M: Zeibarth #72857 4/12/23

    http://www.mandolincentral.com/lloar.html

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    As many of you already know, the Lloyd Loar mandolin project is now available for download at Acoustic Oasis:

    http://acousticoasis.com/rooms/guest...loyd-loar.html

    I would love to hear some feedback on the downloads. My first impressions are that, while the mp3s do give a nice sense of the performance aspect of the project, they do not give the aural definition of the mandolins as captured in this audiophile recording. The FLAC on the other hand is remarkable well defined and compares well with the Cd quality; I am pretty happy with those. Anyone have any thoughts? thanks! tw

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    ps. Due to the amazing response to this project, I making plans to begin recording Lloyd Loar Mandolins Vol. 2 with another amazing dozen; stay tuned! tw

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    Awesome! Include the matching tracks for all of 'em together on the new CD!
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    There is some talk here of making the next volume a DVD instead of a CD... Same high quality audiophile audio recording, just feeding the Neumanns directly into the iPad camera. I think this might actually be very useful in terms of appreciating and associating each unique sound with the individual mandolin. thoughts anyone?

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    Great idea! Better yet, get a local photographer to use a digital hi-def camera and spend a few moments showing the mandolin before playing.

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