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    Re: personalised mando strap

    Plus 1 for Mandolin Straps of Montana. Alan makes some very beautiful straps!
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    Re: Sumi mandolins

    To get more information on what mandolin tony is referring to, type Sumi mandolins into your browser, and click on the link to Desert Rose Banjo (Sumi’s international distributor). Desert Rose has...
  3. Re: Flatirons - festival, performer, artist, signature

    I have a 1991 Flatiron Performer A with an integrated fretboard. As far as tone and playability are concerned, the mandolin is awesome with a nice warm, woody tone and a nice chop. Compared to my...
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    Absolutely check the classifieds right NOW. There is a Kentucky 1000 and a Flatiron Performer A both for $950 (nfi). Both are excellent mandolins spot on your budget. Good luck.
  5. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    For $500 you should be able to find a gently used Eastman 315, which, IMO, would be a better mandolin in terms of build quality and possibly resale value. My first mandolin was a Loar 220, and my...
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    Re: NMD #774 Ratliff R-5 (1999)

    Thatís a beautiful mandolin, and Iíll bet it sounds as good as it looks.
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    Re: Help! Buying my first mandolin!

    If at all possible, play as many instruments as you can get your hands on. If you are near a brick and mortar store that carries Eastmans, go and try out everything they have. Go multiple times if...
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    Re: Pava F-5 Pro at Carters

    I haven’t played this particular mandolin, but I have played a Pava Pro A style at IBMA. It was outstanding in every way. The fit and finish was excellent, and the tone was just awesome. I thought...
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    Re: Flatiron "PerfRomer A" Label

    Interesting that they misspelled Performer too.
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    Re: Best chop around $1000

    +1 on making a trip to a store that is well stocked with mandolins. I know theyíre not plentiful, but depending on where in CT you live, The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA is a possible day trip...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan....I’m so sorry to hear of your possibly having cancer. Stay positive and we’ll all hope for the very best for you. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
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    Re: Recommendations

    There are quite a few good used mandolins for $1K or less. Kentucky 900 and 950 are good. Eastman 515 can be had new for $999. I found a really good 1991 Flatiron A that I love for $1000. Check...
  13. Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    That’s just a crazy good deal, congratulations. You’ve got yourself a very good mandolin at an unbelievable price...enjoy!
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    Re: The age of my Flatiron Mandolin

    You’re correct. I was just repeating what the OP had posted without thinking. My wife always complains about that. :(
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    Re: The age of my Flatiron Mandolin

    The above posts are correct. The first two digits in the serial number of the pre-Gibson Flatirons indicate the year it was made. Hence, 1996.
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    Re: Intermediate Upgrade

    Congratulations on your new mandolin. Enjoy it in good health, and thanks for your service.

    Mike...:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Not much of a mando culture in my area

    If you have family in Gloucester, the next time you visit plan to drive down to Lexington (about an hours drive) to visit The Music Emporium. TME is an excellent store with friendly, helpful staff...
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    Re: Cool music venues in Savannah GA?

    Definitely The Pickin Parlor. Churchill’s on Bay Street used to have an open mic night with some pretty good talent. Don’t know if they still do though.
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    Re: Outer Banks Blugrass October 3-6

    We’ve followed The Barefoot Movement for a while now and have seen them perform three or four times. A very good group, and Noah is outstanding. Moving the festival to May will eliminate some...
  20. Re: Differences between various Eastman A models?

    Definitely better tuners with the higher end models plus more binding and better grained wood.
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    Re: Not much of a mando culture in my area

    I live in NC about two hours east of Raleigh. Like so many other places finding a music store that carries anything but low end mandolins is impossible. I’ve made it a point to know where several...
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    Re: Eastman mandolin factory (video)

    Interesting and fun to watch. The workers are adept with their sharp chisels. I wonder when and how they take their measurements or whether they’re just carving by sight. I had a chance to visit...
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    Re: First Post ... Newbie on the Road

    Invest a few dollars in Mandolin For Dummies. You’ll find lots of good information about any number of things mandolin. It will give you some good things to work on before you start your lessons,...
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    Re: what strings should I use?

    EJ74s are a good choice for your 315. GHS-A270s are another set that I like and may be worth a try.
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    Re: Arm rest a good aid for begginers?

    I have arm rests on both of my mandolins and Like them. They keep my arm in a comfortable position and also protect the finish on my mandolins.
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