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    Re: Comparing Mandolins

    Having owned a Collings and a Pava, I can tell you that Iím skeptical that there is better build quality out there. They were both pretty flawlessly constructed mandolins. That said, there are...
  2. Re: Interested in picking up mandolin, advice on buying first.

    For acoustic folk played alone within your price point, I’d look for a domestic flattop with an oval hole. Brands to consider would include Flatiron, Big Muddy, Gypsy, Redline, or a Mid-Missouri like...
  3. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    This long-haul keeper appears on the move again, having gone from Charles Johnson to the OP and more recently TR Crandall to the classifieds in the last year. I hope it finds a good home.
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    Re: Old Gibson A, AJr. A 2,3,4 Mandolis

    Might it have been more visually appealing for pricier instruments?



    Engelmann too I would imagine.
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    Re: Old Gibson A, AJr. A 2,3,4 Mandolis

    Spruce tops yes, but often birch in lieu of maple backs and sides.
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    Re: Old Gibson A, AJr. A 2,3,4 Mandolis

    You most likely already know the answer to your questions from your other Gibson ovals, as birch seems to have been used on most of the instruments they produced during that era. And it worked, where...
  7. That Gregg fella really carries the unit. ;)

    That Gregg fella really carries the unit. ;)
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    I believe that Collings ovals join at the 13th fret.



    I certainly hope so. Itís been about four years since her last batch ó ash89ís Griffith Loar A5, Darryl Wolfeís A5-z, and Joe Mendelís...
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    Re: Brentrup Mandolins

    Still is. That blonde is gorgeous, though I’d prefer it with a shorter neck (and asking price).
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    And marry your widow! :))
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    If they have somewhat similar sound, have you considered keeping the Collings and rehoming the Hester? :whistling:
  12. Re: What can you tell me about the Gretsch New Yorker?

    The only variable that I can imagine is that flattops are general lighter built (as Allen noted) and therefore lighter strung (typically with medium-lights).
  13. Re: What can you tell me about the Gretsch New Yorker?

    They’re really two very different instruments. The Gretsch is a ~$200 archtop built in an overseas factory and cuts cost through labor and materials (laminate back and sides). The Northfield is an...
  14. Re: Beginner mandolin U.K - Ozark vs The Loar

    As The Loar website does not specify the back and sides to be solid maple, I suspect that they are laminate: https://www.theloar.com/p/lm-310f
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    Re: Are Music Store Prices Firm?

    These two statements donít seem to reconcile. On the one hand, you are saying that supply is low, demand is high, and prices are rising. On the other, you are suggesting that itís not a good time to...
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    Re: Classified etiquette

    Certainly not if your name is recognizable from the fora, particularly if you have an interesting mandolin listed at an attractive price.
  17. Re: Thoughts on neck profiles and a mandolin upgrade

    daryl offers really good perspective here. Thereís lots of advice repeated in this forum about playing an instrument before you buy it, and while that approach may work in some instances and for some...
  18. Thread: Gratitude

    by pheffernan
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    Re: Gratitude

    I struggle with the dollar point because it’s based on supply and demand and not necessarily “high quality in fit and finish, tone and playability.” Take our friend Gail Hester. I don’t know what...
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    Re: High Quality Short Scale Tenor Guitar?

    There are a couple of expired ads from Elderly and listings from Reverb (at attractive prices), but I don’t think that I’ve seen a live offer either. I ended up buying a used tenor built by David...
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    Re: Gassing for next Mandolin

    I’d also consider an offer on this one:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/167691#167691
  21. Thread: Gratitude

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    Re: Gratitude

    In your experience, what is that “point,” Tony?
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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    Having followed this thread, I nearly the posted the same as Shaun once or twice. It's awfully hard to find "the one' -- I'm not sure that I have -- and extremely difficult to achieve with one's...
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    Re: High Quality Short Scale Tenor Guitar?

    That’s a beauty, Jim. Where did you score it? I don’t remember seeing a Fletcher used in three or four years of looking.
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    Re: Gassing for next Mandolin

    I might consider an American made Breedlove.
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    Re: Tax Day Cometh

    Depends on the state.
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