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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    I notice that your new Weber Gallatin is not far off your a Breedlove FF mandolin in terms of looks. In some ways you have gone back to a semi-traditional looking mandolin like the Breedlove FF...
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    Eric. I really like the modern F scroll on it. It sets the mandolin off nicely. I will listen to your video tomorrow.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    A good quality of flat-top with a built in arch with the braces can project really well in a jam. They are also quicker and easier to make and can look as beautiful as arch-tops.

    See this for...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Well flattops are the rage for Celtic Mandolin in Europe. It seems as if flattops are not regarded as a serious mandolin in the USA. Still I prefer carved tops because of the type of music. I play....
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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    While these are not OFs they are kindred spirits.

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    Re: Breedlove AM OF

    Well a Breedlove FF could have done the job in terms of appearance. It is amazing how conservative people can be to other mandolin designs. For me the FF is a good looker. I still like the look of...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    So James the question is have you made one like the Holy Grail of mandolins you seek?
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    I had an interesting encounter today. I went busking in the pueblo and a young man with a Laud Alhambra came up to me and asked if he could play with me. So we carried on a conversation in Spanish....
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    That is where the most gains can be made I believe too. Just work on every aspect of bluegrass-manship that you can and enjoy the journey and the ride to a better tonality overall.
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    I tried the KO mandolin out busking in town today. It was awesome in the space I played. People were highly complimentary of its looks and sound. After playing for an hour I was not tired and in...
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    My first impression of the KO is that the action and playability is good as or even slightly better than higher end mandolins. It plays nice and easily on all the frets. There is some slight fret...
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    I am going to be a bit cheeky and say nothing comes after a KM-1050. I believe David Grisman recorded some of his early albums on Kentucky F-5 mandolins. Please correct me if I am wrong. So I...
  13. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    Half of the tone comes with the player. I have played well known professional bluegrass players' mandolins. Some of them were not half of the tone ye see. They were loud instruments nevertheless.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    We can go and argue about mandolins opening up forever. The best violins and mandolins can be replicated and that is the art and science of a luthier catering for the taste of his or her market in...
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    Maybe I'm a way I am thinking about simpler times too when I worked in the back blocks of Tasmania and I had a Washburn mandolin with me back in the early 1980s.
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    Re: Breedlove Quartz KO

    It is about time to resurrect an old thread. I bought a 2005 Breedlove KO mandolin in mint condition from a seller in the UK recently.

    It is on its way to Spain right now. I will post a review...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    You can't go much wrong with a Collngs MT2. I put off having one for years till now. Plenty of bling, sustain, and volume. I prefer it's brighter sound. I can play just about every genre of music...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    Well My Collings MT2 is the probably the best sounding and playing mandolin I have had yet. I like ti because it falls in tone somewhere between a Collings MT-O and a Collings MT. It looks pretty...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Getting ready for staining.

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  20. Mandolin born during coronavirus pandemic in Spain

    Hi everyone,

    I have built two mandolins and one ukelele whilst in Spain. The last one here shown was born during the corona virus pandemic in Spain. I am living on a cortijo in the Alpuharras...
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    Re: Why do I want this?

    Because you don't. It is just begging you to look at it - a bit like a gypsy.
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    Re: Why do I want this?

    Fool’s gold.
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    Tony

    With the gaggle of great mandolins in your stable would you even need to contemplate another mandolin purchase?

    For myself I like to sit on the sidelines and watch all sorts of interesting...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Sorry to hear Ivan’s passing. I wish the best for his family.

    I enjoyed the private messages about mandolins with Ivan.
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    Re: Collings MT2 - Dixie Hoedown

    Great sound Kevin. Your picking action picks a really good tone with the MT2 - one of the best I have heard on lots of MT2 yourube videos.
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