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The Loar LM-700-VS Giveaway

By Mandolin Cafe
October 3, 2012 - 11:00 am

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The Loar LM-700

The Loar LM-700

Hayward, Calif. — In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, The Loar is combining efforts with the Mandolin Cafe to give away one of their top of the line LM-700-VS mandolins to a lucky visitor to the Mandolin Cafe web site.

Registration for an opportunity to win the LM-700-VS will commence on the Mandolin Cafe on October 23, 2012 with a winner randomly chosen on this year's shopping Black Friday, November 23. No purchase is necessary to participate and registration is open to all visitors to the site, regardless of location.

In addition to the mandolin shown here, the winner will receive a hard-shell case and two The Loar ball caps.

The LM-700-VS is a tribute to classic design techniques. From the hand-carved, hand graduated AAA spruce top and AAA Flamed Maple back and sides to the abalone/mother-of-pearl headstock inlay, these mandolins were built to represent Golden Age craftsmanship updated for the modern era.

Carved and assembled in the Loar Hand Carved Design Workshop, then hand-rubbed with nitrocellulose lacquer for clean warm tone and powerful projection, these mandolins deliver professional-level sound and playability.

The LM-700-VS is assembled with a one-piece maple neck and bound ebony fretboard, ebony bridge and vintage-style Gotoh tuners. The bone nut and ebony bridge allow for the singing sustain and sharp "chop" that professional players look for in a high-quality mandolin.

The LM-700-VS has an MSRP of $1,499.99.

Specs:
Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated AAA Spruce
Back & Sides: Solid Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated AAA Flamed Maple Back, Solid Flamed Maple sides
Neck: One-Piece Maple with Rounded V-Profile
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Abalone/M.O.P. Custom Fern
Finish Type: Hand-buffed Nitrocellulose
Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
Tuning Machines: Gotoh
Scale Length: 13-29/32"
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Frets: 29
Binding: Ivory and Black/White Purfling
Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
Upper Bout: 6-3/4"
Lower Bout: 10"
Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8"
Depth: 2-1/2"
Body Length: 12-3/4"
Total Length: 27-1/4"
Pickup: None

Additional information:
The Loar LM-700-VS
The Loar YouTube Channel
The Loar on Facebook
The Loar on Twitter

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Kristibob
October 03, 2012 11:53 AM
Thanks a lot!! Now I have to clean the drool off of my keyboard!smile)
mofiddler
October 03, 2012 12:05 PM
Count me in...
mdelabano
October 03, 2012 12:32 PM
How do you sign up for the giveaway?
Jeffrey Sawyer
October 03, 2012 12:44 PM
Registration for an opportunity to win the LM-700-VS will commence on the Mandolin Cafe on October 23, 2012 with a winner randomly chosen on this year's shopping Black Friday, November 23. No purchase is necessary to participate and registration is open to all visitors to the site, regardless of location.
richardbradford
October 03, 2012 12:51 PM
Thanks Scott for setting this up and thanks in advance to Loar. I realize responding to the announcement of the contest does not qualify as "entering". I also appreciate that posts along the lines, "Hey Scott, enter me", or "Count me in", or "I'm in", etc do not qualify as "entering".

I look forward to October 23rd when the contest commences and I can formally enter
to win the Loar by filling out an online entry form. If memory serves, there were a lot of
questions and confusion about "entering" the last time a give-away was offerred to us.

I hope we can all agree, we'd rather be pickin' than posting about how to enter the contest.

Thanks.
Dodeejeroo
October 03, 2012 12:55 PM
What's up with the Hayward, CA location? That's near my area.
Folkmusician.com
October 03, 2012 01:19 PM
[QUOTE]Hayward, CA location End Quote

Hayward, CA is where The Loar's parent company is located. There is no showroom. smile
Fstpicker
October 03, 2012 03:21 PM
I'd love to win this great sounding mandolin!
Will register on the 23rd of October as specified.
Thank you so much!!

Jeff
scottnesbit
October 03, 2012 03:34 PM
I've played this model, it is amazing all the way around. I'm excited to enter the contest on Oct. 23rd!
Eric Hanson
October 03, 2012 03:53 PM
What Fun!!!
A giveaway determined by chance that begins on the day that Avogadro's constant is celebrated. Hopefully the chances of one of us winning will not be better than the number.
smile)

The Avogadro constant expresses the number of elementary entities per mole of substance and it has the value 6.02214129(27)x1023 mol−1.[2][3][4] Changes in the SI units are proposed that will change the constant to exactly 6.02214Xx1023 when it is expressed in the unit mol−1

Previous definitions of chemical quantity involved Avogadro's number, a historical term closely related to the Avogadro constant. Revisions in the base set of units of the International System of Units (SI) necessitated redefinitions of the concepts of chemical quantity. Avogadro's number was defined by Perrin as the number of molecules in one gram-molecule of hydrogen. It was later redefined as the number of atoms in 12g of the isotope carbon-12.[5] Thus, Avogadro's number is a dimensionless quantity and has the numerical value of the Avogadro constant given in base units.
DaveK
October 03, 2012 06:03 PM
I love my LM 500VS
Tdq
October 03, 2012 06:42 PM
Yes please. I'm not a Mando player, but will start once I win!
bklopfen
October 03, 2012 07:36 PM
Love my Loar, could sure use another!
Ron McMillan
October 03, 2012 11:29 PM
Quote from Eric Hanson: What Fun!!!

The Avogadro constant expresses the number of elementary entities per mole of substance and it has the value 6.02214129(27)x1023 mol−1.[2][3][4] Changes in the SI units are proposed that will change the constant to exactly 6.02214Xx1023 when it is expressed in the unit mol−1
End Quote

Whoah, that's uncanny. I was just about to hit 'enter' when I realised you'd completely pre-empted my thoughts. smile

rm
Eric Hanson
October 04, 2012 08:04 AM
What a hoot!smile)
albeham
October 04, 2012 10:08 AM
Man..my wife is going to so mad at me!!!!

I am in!!!

AL
Jimzartman
October 04, 2012 01:17 PM
Yes Please! I would like to stop borrowing my friend's mando someday and have my own!
telepbrman
October 04, 2012 02:17 PM
This is a great Mandolin.
morazda
October 05, 2012 09:04 AM
This is soooooooo awesome!

I am going crazy over this beautiful mandolin.

I would so love to win this.smile
Charles E.
October 07, 2012 09:04 AM
After playing one recently at a local shop, I am looking forward to a chance to win this mandolin.
shortymack
October 07, 2012 03:01 PM
Quote from albeham: Man..my wife is going to so mad at me!!!!

I am in!!!

AL End Quote

So she'd rather you pay for it than win it?:confused:
Pribar
October 07, 2012 07:47 PM
Quote from Eric Hanson: What Fun!!!
A giveaway determined by chance that begins on the day that Avogadro's constant is celebrated. Hopefully the chances of one of us winning will not be better than the number.
smile)

The Avogadro constant expresses the number of elementary entities per mole of substance and it has the value 6.02214129(27)x1023 mol−1.[2][3][4] Changes in the SI units are proposed that will change the constant to exactly 6.02214Xx1023 when it is expressed in the unit mol−1

Previous definitions of chemical quantity involved Avogadro's number, a historical term closely related to the Avogadro constant. Revisions in the base set of units of the International System of Units (SI) necessitated redefinitions of the concepts of chemical quantity. Avogadro's number was defined by Perrin as the number of molecules in one gram-molecule of hydrogen. It was later redefined as the number of atoms in 12g of the isotope carbon-12.[5] Thus, Avogadro's number is a dimensionless quantity and has the numerical value of the Avogadro constant given in base units. End Quote

Those words are english, I recognize em, but assembled in that order they make absolutely no sense to me....

/I think my brain just blew a seal trying to process that, thanks a lot
Jim Ferguson
October 07, 2012 07:59 PM
I'll be entering!!!! Thanks a bunch Scott & to The Loar.
I love my LM220-VS & wouldlove to have that LM700-VS to keep it company.
smile
mandograndad
October 08, 2012 07:48 PM
I - for sure - am going to enter this contest, 'cause - should I be lucky enough to win - it would solve a huge problem I suddenly found myself with. I only recently purchased a new The Loar LM-700-VS, but I have two sons who are pickers, and was having a hard time deciding who was going to inherit The Loar. Thanks for the opportunity of leaving them one apiece.smile

mandograndad
Sondrew
October 10, 2012 05:02 PM
Usually I do have a portion of good lucksmile!
Alan Lackey
October 12, 2012 10:41 PM
Well, this may be way too much mandolin for my first one as I am just beginning my quest to determine if its crazy for a 50 yo guy, who has never played a stringed instrument seriously, to start now. Love the sound of mandolin and figured what a great way to relax and enjoy this period of my life.

Man, someone's going to get lucky!
poniverus
October 15, 2012 04:48 AM
This would make a great bday present for me! (nov 24)
Dave Cowles
October 15, 2012 06:21 AM
OK, count me in,too! I haven't played a 700 series yet, but I'm definitely a fan of The Loar mandos.
Angela
October 15, 2012 08:52 PM
I would LOVE to have this mandolin. I'm a newbie and I am currently playing a cheap beginner's mandolin. I've said that one day I will buy a better mandolin as a gift to myself. This is so pretty I would have to practice playing standing in front of the mirror. Good Luck to everyone. smile
BTW - My birthday is Nov. 23rd
Yotanka72
October 16, 2012 12:14 PM
Nice one!
keebler
October 17, 2012 05:05 PM
OOooh ooh, me me me :D
smann
October 22, 2012 08:58 AM
Sweet mando!
Scott Tichenor
October 22, 2012 04:31 PM
Registration is now open.
renemarieuner41
October 22, 2012 04:42 PM
whistlingwould love to win this!
renemarieuner41
October 22, 2012 04:44 PM
My birthday is Nov. 23rd also.
Ken Scarbrough
October 22, 2012 06:49 PM
I would Love to win this Great Mandolin, and I wish the best of luck to everyone that enters.
Tiderider
October 22, 2012 09:13 PM
You can always find a great giveaway on the Cafe. My wife says I can't buy anymore mandos (yeah right) but she didn't say anything about winning another. smile
Wupeide
October 22, 2012 11:35 PM
Hi,
I just tried to register and got this message:

Sorry, there's a problem with that address. Contact the site owner if you believe this is in error.

I have sent an email. Please let me know if it will be possible for me to register. Thanks!

-Peter
Scott Tichenor
October 23, 2012 06:18 AM
Quote from Wupeide: Hi,
I just tried to register and got this message:

Sorry, there's a problem with that address. Contact the site owner if you believe this is in error.

I have sent an email. Please let me know if it will be possible for me to register. Thanks!

-Peter End Quote

That's a message received when your email address is part of a large spam database of emails (over 50 million) we compare submissions to. Obviously, it blocks the submission. Doesn't mean you're a spammer, but someone has used your address in a spam situation and its been reported. You did the correct thing by contacting me. Leaving this reply here so others might see it. I can manually register folks that might receive this or you can use another email address if you have one.
cparr
October 23, 2012 10:57 AM
Awesome giveaway!
gordonfi
October 23, 2012 11:13 AM
I'm sure whoever wins this will play so much better. I know I could. Best of luck to everyone! ...and thanks for the opportunity.
JFDilmando
October 23, 2012 11:23 AM
Ok... I have entered the drawing... if I win, I am going to sell it here in the Cafe, and donate ALL the proceeds to Scott and his Cafe endeavors....

I would love to challenge others to consider the same...

good luck and I hope the Cafe wins !!!
JimRym
October 23, 2012 11:32 AM
Sign me up for the Loar LM-700 giveaway! -Jim ;)
rgray
October 23, 2012 01:28 PM
Gee, being as November 23rd is my birthday, just maybe.....,
johnn0hj
October 23, 2012 07:48 PM
Oops - I messed up. I misinterpreted the rules and entered twice with different email addresses. I truly don't wish to be disqualified, so is it possible to have one of my entries removed please?

john evans - colorado springs, co
Scott Tichenor
October 23, 2012 08:35 PM
Quote from johnn0hj: Oops - I messed up. I misinterpreted the rules and entered twice with different email addresses. I truly don't wish to be disqualified, so is it possible to have one of my entries removed please?

john evans - colorado springs, co End Quote

We would have caught that. No need to ask how smile

No need to worry. We'll take care of it.
journeybear
October 24, 2012 09:35 AM
Throwing my hat in the ring. Er, pick in the tip bucket. Well, entering the drawing, however it is expressed.

Regarding Avogadro's number: Copying and pasting entries from wikipedia and similar sources will produce results such as this example, if no attention is paid to formatting. The "x1023" part is utterly useless and inaccurate; it should be "times 10 to the twenty-third power." This is a very large number and needs to be appreciated in its proper order of magnitude. If you don't have the capability of typing an exponential superscript it's better left alone, or you will cause confusion, as Pribar expressed. Also, it's best to edit out the footnote links. That's substandard work there. Our standards may be low, but we've got 'em. ;)

PS: The chances of one of us winning will be better than anything to do with that number. We do not have 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 members! Yet ... smile
johnn0hj
October 24, 2012 02:53 PM
Loar should make an Octave and a Mandocello.
Astro
October 24, 2012 10:07 PM
I'm in.

Pretty mando. That would be quite a win for somebody.

I like their small bodied guitars too.
tonymozingo
October 25, 2012 12:29 PM
On the contrary, I feel like I'm going to win. Thanks for my favorite website/Facebook posts.
Thackeray
October 25, 2012 12:57 PM
I still don't see a word to click that will take me to register to win. Anyone know how to register?
albeham
October 25, 2012 01:49 PM
Hey, When you sign up ..do you get an email that tells you you are in the running?

AL
Scott Tichenor
October 25, 2012 02:04 PM
Quote from albeham: Hey, When you sign up ..do you get an email that tells you you are in the running?

AL End Quote

No such thing. We select one winner and that's the only person contacted. This is covered in the Entry Rules listed on the page where folks register:

- We will contact the winning entry by email.
- Non-winning entries will not be contacted.
Richard J
October 25, 2012 02:05 PM
As a traumatic brain injury survivor I bought and starting playing a mandolin because it's better therapy then any other therapy. Please let me win so I can play a better mandolin then my budget will allow.
Scott Tichenor
October 25, 2012 02:08 PM
Quote from Thackeray: I still don't see a word to click that will take me to register to win. Anyone know how to register? End Quote

Right here. Primary link is on the Cafe home page.
albeham
October 26, 2012 07:58 AM
I was asking ..how do I know if my email went though ? any confirmation that it got to you? I just got nothing even to say I signed up for the news letter.

AL
Scott Tichenor
October 26, 2012 08:02 AM
Quote from albeham: I was asking ..how do I know if my email went though ? any confirmation that it got to you? I just got nothing even to say I signed up for the news letter.

AL End Quote

You didn't send an email. You registered on a web form. The resulting page upon submission told you the registration was successful. The guidelines are clear and spell out how this all happens and who is contacted and who is not. This really works. We've been doing it for years. I do this for a living.

More questions?

smile
keebler
October 26, 2012 11:21 AM
Quote from Scott Tichenor:
More questions? End Quote

Can I still be contacted even if I don't win? At least I won a free email smile

"You just lost the giveaway, thanks for playing. Maybe next time!"

jusssss kiddin' smile
Mandomarc
October 27, 2012 11:49 AM
I'd love to win this mandolin. Will you send it to Europe if my ticket wins? smile

All the best and thanks for all
Marc
Scott Tichenor
October 27, 2012 12:55 PM
Quote from Mandomarc: I'd love to win this mandolin. Will you send it to Europe if my ticket wins? smile

All the best and thanks for all
Marc End Quote

Just like the guidelines say on the page: Registration is open to all Mandolin Cafe visitors.

That means anywhere it can be shipped it'll get sent. Poughkeepsie to Pakistan or wherever the winner resides.
vrdpkr
November 06, 2012 12:46 PM
Recently bought a used LH-300. Bottom of the line Loar archtop.

Fabulous.

It has become my number one go-to guitar.
Would love to have a matching mando.

Thanks for the giveaway.
Vrdpkr
woodwizard
November 08, 2012 06:33 PM
Well I hope 7,827 is a lucky number smile
Pikachu
November 08, 2012 09:09 PM
Wow.smile
Jim Baker
November 10, 2012 07:15 AM
What a sweet opportunity! This could be the only chance I would ever have such a fine instrument. smile
Tstangem
November 11, 2012 01:15 PM
Just bought the LM 500, and the LM 700/500 would make a nice pair.
Thackeray
November 18, 2012 03:54 PM
I played the same Loar model and was very impressed. It was the best mandolin at the Guitar Center on Pico blvd. performing better than higher priced brands. Top pick for sure. It'll bring great pleasure and joy for the Lucky winner.
Astro
November 23, 2012 09:19 AM
Todays the day !

Who is the lucky Mando Head ?????? (no emails for me this morning :(

Drum Role Please...
Scott Tichenor
November 23, 2012 09:50 AM
As you may see on the home page, we've tossed out a hint as to who the winner is. Turns out he has been a mildly active member that appears to be based in California but hasn't logged in for a few weeks. Not unusual. People join, lose interest, come back sometimes. Sometimes they don't.

Here's the funny bit. I *think* he's a high school student. Just guessing but possibly 15-18. If he's anything like my daughter, email is that old thing grown-ups use. Texting is what it's all about now. She checks her email... almost never. Thinking I may have a hard time getting ahold of him but thanks--no volunteers need apply.

That's the bad news for the 10,500+ others that applied, but look for another giveaway to be announced in the near future.
John McCoy
November 23, 2012 02:51 PM
For a high school student who's really into mandolin, this would be a magnificent thing. I speak from somewhat-relevant experience. When I turned 16 my father offered me a choice of a car or a French horn. I took the horn. 45 years later, I'm still absolutely certain that I made the right decision. Let's all hope this works out well.
Thackeray
November 23, 2012 05:06 PM
So do we have a winner?
McMahon
November 23, 2012 06:19 PM
Oh my! I am so excited for this new mando, I was going to save up all the money i could to get a new one, but now that this is in the mail, looks like I wont have to!
Ill update the forums with some pictures of The Loar when it arrives!!!
Wow this will be amazing!
roady43
November 23, 2012 06:34 PM
Quote from McMahon: Oh my! I am so excited for this new mando, I was going to save up all the money i could to get a new one, but now that this is in the mail, looks like I wont have to!
Ill update the forums with some pictures of The Loar when it arrives!!!
Wow this will be amazing! End Quote

Congratulations! I couldn't imagine a more fitting winner. Please show us pictures of the Loar PLUS your smile!

roady43
John McCoy
November 23, 2012 06:35 PM
Many congratulations! Trying not to put too much pressure on you, this could change your life--entirely for the better.

Good luck!
Astro
November 23, 2012 09:32 PM
Congrads !

Yes photos please !!
Londy
November 23, 2012 09:54 PM
congratulations..this is a great opportunity for you. i look forward to the video/pis!
Clement Barrera-Ng
November 23, 2012 11:06 PM
Fantastic and congratulations. Looking forward to an update once you receive it.
Thackeray
November 27, 2012 02:13 AM
Congrats! To the lucky young guy!! I'll keep my eye wide peeled for these giveaways!
Scott Tichenor
November 27, 2012 11:39 AM
A follow-up on this. I was able to contact Ryan mid-afternoon on the day we drew his name. He was totally excited and really a nice kid. Enjoyed my visit with him. He said he thought my email was a hoax and then he checked the Cafe home page and saw his name. Fun to make those calls. Ashley Atz, The Loar rep I work with is in the process of getting it shipped to Ryan and I hope he posts a follow-up and picture of it when he receives it. Appears he posted a note on the previous page.

Congratulations again, Ryan.
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