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Feb-22-2006, 7:46pm
Ill start off here I guess. #Collings Model MT2 #396


Feb-22-2006, 7:53pm
Very nice Collings A. How would you describe the sound?

I have a Collings MF and TOB model and would post if I could figure out how. I can never get it to work.

Feb-22-2006, 8:00pm
Ok . . .


Feb-22-2006, 8:02pm
Ive played a few collings and none of them ever seemed to have too much depth. So i was about at the point where i was just gonna scratch Collings off the search list. And I happened to pick this one up and I went "wow". I had never played any mandolin that had such a deep bottom end and now I love Collings!!

Feb-22-2006, 9:49pm
Fred, I love the engraving on your tailpiece. Reminds me of a nice shotgun. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Feb-22-2006, 11:59pm
It's my understanding that the son of the fellow who did the engraving on Remington guns does this on the Collings Deluxes.

Feb-23-2006, 1:29am
Here is an MF I got when I was planning to waste 2 hours at Gruhn Guitar. I ended up getting this cannon.

Feb-23-2006, 11:55am
ABed against; "95 Gilchrist, 2002 Collings (#65), 2004 Gibson Master Model. Kept this one. It is an inspiring instrument. Waitin' for my Daley.

Feb-23-2006, 11:58am
Boy, dinky picture huh? The sound is alot bigger than that http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-23-2006, 1:30pm
MF-5R (#39)

Feb-23-2006, 7:46pm
Pete, I love that color!

Kevin Briggs
Feb-23-2006, 8:55pm
I would like to play an upper-end Collings. I played a lower end one and was somewhat let down. I'm sure the upper-end models kick butt.

Feb-23-2006, 9:26pm
Kevin, one of the best sounding Collings mandos I've played was a MT. I almost bought it, and then I remembered I didn't have any money.

Feb-24-2006, 4:18am
until you sell the Deluxe http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Feb-24-2006, 8:36am
Troika-- you mean "if".

Feb-24-2006, 11:33am
Your mandolin is the best deal on the market. Someone should jump on that.

Feb-24-2006, 11:58am
Yeah, I'll second that!

Feb-24-2006, 6:46pm
If somebody jumps on it, I'll need Charlie Derrington to fix it!


Feb-24-2006, 7:25pm
I wish I had a few more grand and I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Those Collings varnish mandolins are the real deal.

Feb-25-2006, 7:34pm
I don't know how to post a picture , but I can't help but wonder about the description's I'm hearng about the lower end Collings mando's ....I've got an MT that is an absolute CANNON and has the wood of higher end Collings ....It is by far the best looking and sounding MT that I have ever seen or played ....I guess I just got lucky with mine ....If I can find a less expensice F model Collings that sounds any where near as good as my MT , I'll be a happy man !!... Jim

Kevin Briggs
Feb-25-2006, 10:11pm
I recently spoke with a builder who explained that builders typically pick the top tone/figured woods when building the models they charge the most for. That's a no brainer and I'm sure we're all aware of that.

However, the builder also explained that sometimes the less expensive models (less adornment usually) get a more figured piece, because an AAAA quality piece doesn't always have AAAA quality sound.

The MT I played has a good setup. The sound was rich and very even. That was really nice about it. It had good bass and didn't have a dead or tinny string on the fretboard, as far as my limited ears could tell. I just did not experience a tone that stood out from the Stelling or the Breedlove Alpine I played. The volume was not as booming as I like it, and, while it was definitely a higher-end mandolin, it was not on par with all of the raving I'm raeding on here. In addition, the back piece had very little figure to sort of compensate for the tone, at the $1800 price level.

The woods inevitably vary, and the one I played may have been sitting for a while in the dealer's back room, all dried out, or whatever. He may have gotten it the day before after five days of shipping from hot Texas to cold Pennsylvania. Any number of factors could have kept it from reaching its full potential.

Again, I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the super-MF model, and am sure that it's worth every bit of the $11,000 it goes for. Heck, if Jeff Austin upgraded from a Flatiron Artist to the Collings, you know something good is happening with Collings right there.

Feb-25-2006, 11:09pm
I played a few MT's and I didn't like them because they were cannons.
I got this one from the classifieds sight unseen and it is woody and complex and getting better all of the time.

Jim Murton
Feb-26-2006, 12:19am
I just bought a collings mt..I love this baby.I wanted the mf but my wallet is light,and i heard great reviews about the mt..I am a happy picker.:D


Feb-27-2006, 5:05am
I haven't played the higher end Collings mandolins so I can't compare my MT to them, but to me it sounds fantastic. Loud, loads of bass and the trebles are really sweet. Good thunk on the chop too. It compares very favourably with other mandolins I have owned or played in the same sort of price range.

However, I must admit that when I first got this (I bought it without playing it through the classifieds) I was a little disappointed. It sounded thin and weak and I thought I'd made a mistake in buying it. Constant playing over the past few months has completely changed that. Now I couldn't be happier with it. I'll qualify this statement by saying that I've owned 3 different mandolins in the past year and all of them sounded good to me until I got the next one and realised what was missing from the old one's sound. So I fully expect the higher end models to sound even better. But for someone who still counts themselves as a beginner and who isn't yet ready to really splash out on a mandolin, this MT is perfect...

And as you can see from the photo, the flame on the back is pretty nice for a "lesser" model!

Mando Medic
Feb-27-2006, 8:31am
My #78, the back with a black face. Thanks Jim Roberts. Kenc