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  1. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    The Collings and Pava are much different animals as I mentioned in my earlier post.

    Jr. is from the same batch of 16 (affectionately known as ‘sweet 16’) in ‘09. They were all very consistent in...
  2. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    I owned a Collings, then a ‘24 Gibson and then a Gilchrist Model 1jr. Not to say that the Collings wasn’t nice but perhaps just more modern sounding than I preferred. As I recall, brighter and...
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    Re: F-4 owned by Norman Blake

    Steve made this Model 1 for him last year, so 80+ y/o hasn’t stopped him :grin: Steve’s ovals are incomparable.
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    The James tailpiece is incomparable to a stamped piece imo, end of discussion.
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    Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    Reboot....:grin:
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    I agree, thereís a used one in the classifieds now for under $5k, thatís about half price from a new one. Youíd have to check it out with an approval period.
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    Re: No mando content: Remembering Ginger Baker

    What more to say. One of the all time greats, maybe the greatest... can’t help being reminded of Jaco, his undeniable musical genius and intense struggle with his own personal demons.
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Clean fingerboard on my 5jr. I can’t actually recall when (if ever) I looked to locate a marker on the fretboard.
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Shot across the bow of the latest from OZ.
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    Re: Pre Gibson Epiphone Mandolin

    Sure that isnít the original bridge?
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Nice update, good to hear you’re enjoying the journey. Not intending to hijack the thread but I’ve always thought Kym Warner and his ability (and great hands) sets the bar for what these babies are...
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    Re: Collings MT2 en Route! ;-)

    Totally. Unless of course you’re into self-inflicted pain :crying: lets see it!
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    Since you did say, ‘prettiest inlays ever’....Larry Robinson (the grandpoobah), Harvey Leach, and Grit (William) Laskin perform some of the finest custom inlay work anywhere in the world. It’s a...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    No, but they'll see your amp. :))

    George A makes some of the baddest amps on the planet but they're also pieces of fine art. I love the looks of my mandolins besides being superb music makers.
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    Re: Mandolin Stand Recommendations

    I actually modified the Cooperstand angle of lean (it was top heavy) and use the as a table top stand. I wouldn't recommend it as a worry-free (secure) stand for heavier duty.
  16. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    I don't necessarily agree. Catch and release is a strong drug for folks who chase tone in their head, playability and aesthetics. We have some major 'offenders' right here at the cafe! :))

    Not to...
  17. Thread: Ellis A5?

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    Re: Ellis A5?

    Nashwood is a happening town, with 3 great music stores and tons of mandolins to taste. My personal preference are the Carter's, great peeps.

    For a little more than the cost of shipping you could...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I'm a skeptic by nature! :))
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    My new mandolins have all gone through an adjustment period, they feel tight and not openly responsive...tone seems compressed, and they're definitely finicky about staying in tune. That changes...
  20. Re: Seeking Advice: Seller Misrepresented Condition.

    Not to steal the thread but I guess I'm a little prejudice about old and used, this is my 1939 harley knucklehead bobber motorgoat with a 1937 Indian tank. All of it is absolutely 100% naturally...
  21. Re: Seeking Advice: Seller Misrepresented Condition.

    Thank god it actually has finish checks....it could be a poly finish with inlaid vines on the fretboard with no checks but then you'd be playing a mandolin made in the Philippines and it probably...
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    Re: Visit to Will Kimble's today

    I haven't spoken to him for sometime, we're both 20's-30's-era car nuts, but perhaps someone else has his address like maybe Christie Carter at Carter's in Nashwood. His oval A's are supposed to be a...
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    Re: Hal Blaine - RIP

    Wow, I knew he was prolific but wow!

    'Blaine was one of the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the music industry, claiming over 35,000 sessions and 6,000 singles. His drumming is...
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    Re: Double Stop Fiddle Shop Lost to Fire

    Awesome! The gods (and the Fire Dept.) were obviously smiling on Mr. Berline and his Loar as steel safes are far from fireproof, they only delay fire and heat damage for a short period of time, like...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I think you nailed it and would add just one thing... If you're worth your salt you've learned that you can't ever judge a book by the cover, so why have a pre-determined notion of someone's means....
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