"Practice every time you get a chance." -- Bill Monroe
"Style is based on limitation." -- John Hartford
'21 A Jr.; '24 Snakehead; '12 Duff F-5; '13 Black A2Z repro; '82 D-35; Nikes; that watch that keeps getting mentioned in the Gibson/Nike thread
I haven't read all 6 pages of posts but I did see one where you mentioned Lloyd LaPlant. As you and he are both in Minnesota it would be easy for you to give him a call and drive up to Grand Rapids for a visit. There are a number of players in the Twin Cities area that own one or more of his instruments. I don't know of any of them that are not really pleased with what he has built for them. As he is so close it would be easy to discuss with him the various options that you'd like. He can be reached at 218-326-4456.
I couldn't be happier with my Arches. I have had several long time grassers look at me while gigging and asked me to "turn the volume down". Maybe it was my playing, but the Arches does everything I ask of it and then some. Chris Baird in Moab, UT will hook you up for quite a bit less than $5K and give you all the candy.
"Only two kinds of people never make mistakes: Dead people and people that do nothing!" [Al's Dad]
'81 Gibson F5L Fern, J Rowland
'07 Arches A Style #11, "Hoss"
'69 Gibson J-50
Here's another + for Paul Newson.
+1 for Will Kimble
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I have an x-braced Campanella round hole A (although he normally does them with f-holes), and I have to say it's a pretty hot ride.
What an embarrassment of riches that there are so many great mandolin makers out there! Hard to go wrong - you just get a bit different.
I've been looking at two pointers, and will mention Phoenix (Gerhardt), Old Wave (Bussmann), and Paul Sorensen. All in the $2800-$3500 range.
Don't play what's there, play what's not there. - Miles Davis
I chose the 1923 a2z that was in the classifieds.
ˇpapá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!
'20 A3, '84 1N, '84 A5-1, '06 Phoenix Bluegrass, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5
Either a Kimble or I'd hold out a bit longer to put together $6 Gs for a used Gilchrist Model 1. Simply a divine sounding instrument.