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MandoAblyss
Sep-17-2016, 10:29am
Fern vs. deluxe flourish?
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Side-only vs. top-and-side purfling?
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Tortoisoid vs. Ivoroid binding?
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Flame vs. birdseye?
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Engelmann vs. Adi?
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James vs. Allen?
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Mark Wilson
Sep-17-2016, 11:23am
1)A,
2)?
3)B
4)either as long as one piece back
5)A
6)A

CWRoyds
Sep-17-2016, 1:17pm
I like the less flamboyant headstock, and I love the dark binding.

Bill Snyder
Sep-17-2016, 9:11pm
I like the less flamboyant headstock, and I love the dark binding.
Which is the "less flamboyant" of the two?

9lbShellhamer
Sep-17-2016, 9:33pm
Yes to both. :grin:

F-2 Dave
Sep-17-2016, 9:37pm
B, b, a, b, a, b.

CWRoyds
Sep-17-2016, 11:16pm
Which is the "less flamboyant" of the two?

The one on the left. :)

terzinator
Sep-18-2016, 9:28am
Love birdseye. Love tortoise. Love the James TP.

I have a new mandolin with a Red spruce top and I'm amazed how open it's been from the get go. (With headroom to spare.)

But make choices based on YOUR preferences, not ours! :)

pheffernan
Sep-18-2016, 9:54am
Fern vs. deluxe flourish?

Side-only vs. top-and-side purfling?

Tortoisoid vs. Ivoroid binding?

Flame vs. birdseye?

Engelmann vs. Adi?

James vs. Allen?

fatt-dad
Sep-18-2016, 10:05am
Fern vs. deluxe flourish?

Side-only vs. top-and-side purfling?

Tortoisoid vs. Ivoroid binding?

Flame vs. birdseye?

Engelmann vs. Adi?

James vs. Allen?

But for flame and Allen.

f-d

MandoAblyss
Sep-18-2016, 10:09am
make choices based on YOUR preferences

Chris, good suggestion! I'm a very lucky guy, both are mine: 2015 #1667 Fern and 2011 #1191 Dlx. Complementary in their contrasts, extending to tone as well--birdseye/Engelmann even as a baby is sweet, complex, lovely to play at home alone; over 1,000 hrs with the Dlx and perfectly loud, raucous, snare chop, cuts in ensemble.

Russ Donahue
Sep-29-2016, 7:28pm
That one!

Steve Ostrander
Sep-29-2016, 8:04pm
I like the Fern HS with the ivory binding. Both backs are nice but I don't like speed necks. As far as the top, I'd have to hear it. TP, no opinion-- Either can be changed out.

9lbShellhamer
Oct-05-2016, 2:13pm
I'll play again:
Deluxe Flourish
Top and Side Purfling
Ivoroid
Flame
Adi
Speedneck
James

and...

bound pickguard

Ivan Kelsall
Oct-07-2016, 2:56am
After the 'fairly' recent action by the Gibson Co. to trademark the 'Fern' headstock inlay design,are other mandolin builders still able to use it ? - http://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_001716.shtml,
Ivan:confused:

Willie Poole
Oct-07-2016, 11:18am
I must admit that I don`t know one kind of Spruce wood from another, I also know that some of them have two or more different names...Where can I find the info as to which ones are called by what name...I know some people have posted that one spruce is called "Red" and also has another name, now I don`t mean their highly educated name, just a common name....Anyway I don`t have any idea as to which is supposed to be the best one for a bluegrass mandolin top....Did/does Gibson use more than one kind?

Willie