Re: Ellis and Dudenbostel mandolins: Hands-on impressions?
Y'know, when I almost sold my Collings A several weeks ago in favor of my Ellis A I received an email from a well-known small dealer. He seemed surprised that I was selling my Collings. He told me that he had had about a dozen Ellis mandolins come through his shop and that, while they were beautifully built, the sound didn't move him much. Since I own an Ellis I didn't love hearing this, especially since this guy has probably played and lived with hundreds of fine instruments, which I haven't.
It just goes to show that opinions can be across the board and fly in the face of conventional wisdom. My Ellis (haven't played a Dude) is a very fine instrument. Is it the best possible A style that I could have bought for the money? Maybe not, but it's durn good, and I did not have the time and inclination to try a hundred instruments.
Were I to do it again I would follow the advice of others in this thread who recommended trying a bunch. Heck, if you're thinking of really expensice instruments it might be worth your time and money to fly to a store with a lot of mandolins to try. For example, I've been to Fiddler's Green in Austin (NFI) and they have a really good selection. Good luck!
Your problem is, you think you have enough time.