Re: Suggestions for my next mandolin?
How much shorter than 14" fir the scale? Most are 13 7/8" standard. I wouldn't hesitate to talk with Bill Bussman about having one built with a neck profile you like. I don't like more substantial necks and I remember the Collings MT I played being comfortable (and it was very loud). I've not played the Collings ovals but would love to try one out.
What's wrong with the Aspen? It would do very well in those genres. If the board is flat, it would be much cheaper to have Weber instal a radiused board than buy a new mandolin of similar quality. If the neck is too substantial, you could have them reprofile it at the same time and you're still way under "new mandolin" budget.
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