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    Re: Bill Collings Signature

    Those blood sucking, money grubbing Collings folks. The nerve of them raising their prices.

    I guess it won't affect me. Couldn't afford an F then, can't now. Gilchrist and Ellis are dastardly...
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I'm willing to bet that they are making and selling all the mandolins people want to buy. Dealers stock what they can sell.

    Contrast that to how many Collings mandolins are stocked at various...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    Certainly if you don't hear a difference, you shouldn't pay the price. However, owning something that is exciting for you WILL promote playing, and if you practice in a disciplined manner, you will...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    We in the US do not fully grasp how much more expensive mandolins are in Europe. This was brought home recently when I saw a UK dealer add on Reverb for a Northfield F5S for $4500.

    I've been...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Prior to this Gibson was doing a pretty bang up job with their fresh start approach. They were cleaning up their act, and going back to the basics, building the guitars most people want to buy. They...
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    Re: Looking for a mandolinist

    Don't take common goals lightly. Your venture will be short lived if you are far more serious than everyone else in the band. You'll be frustrated in the end. This is probably the hardest issue to...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The Harvey era mandolins I've played are very nice, and the signature Gibson tone is bluegrass heaven. The newer acoustic guitars are also very well built, my only gripe being I like the very dry...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    One of the ways KKR operates is to have a company they own buy goods and services from another company they own, so perhaps they have a stake in a large law firm, who they then hire to do litigation...
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    Re: My first mandolin

    You have the same view of things as I did with my build. I purposely finished my mandolin in clear and light amber so I could fondly remember overcoming difficulties. Many areas of filler, multiple...
  10. Thread: Gold tone

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    Re: Gold tone

    I have a Paul Beard model Gold Tone squareneck resonator that I'm very happy with. All solid wood, sent to Paul Beard for their resonator to be fit. Not quite the quality of a real Paul Beard, but...
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    Re: New Kentucky Home

    Follow The Meldrum guide, and do the best you can. Then find a good stringed instrument store and play some new quality instruments. Any playability differences are likely to be fret related....
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Having worked for a company owned by KKR, I can assure you their only goal is money. Period. If they could sell Les Pauls for $4000 that were made of balsa wood and sawdust, they would. Their goal is...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I'd be wary about someone picky about cosmetics with a collector view of things. Your repair is going to be trashed, no mater how good.
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    Re: My first mandolin

    I just like everything about your mandolin, the finish to me is a highlight. I do think you should buy some nice wood. It doesn't have to be AAA flame. I'd suggest something that has been downgraded...
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    Re: Am I asking too much?

    I used to underprice instruments thinking that someone could buy my instrument that otherwise couldn't afford it. What I did was sell to flippers looking for a quick buck. That is why I like to give...
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    Mandolins to me are the perfect combination of the practical and the aesthetic. I do not discount the power of aesthetics. Try as I'd like to convince myself otherwise, I try to be honest with...
  17. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    The Eastman 315 on the lower end and the F5S in the midrange are the two that stand out for me, with honorable mention to the Km 150 and the KM 900.Hard for me to think value at the $5,000 level, but...
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    Re: Noob question: Nut and bridge

    I use a dot of glue on the nut, but only after stringing up and playing for a while. You need that to come off easily. Bridges always float, at last on arch tops.
  19. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    I'm thrilled to have a few good stores around. I let them sweat the details. I then let my body dictate what I like. I try not to pay attention to neck width or radiused or not fretboards, just how...
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    Re: Best Book for learning Mandolin

    I do much better with videos. I do have Mandolin for Dummies as a reference book. Most subscription services are around $20 a month.
  21. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    I was playing an F5S last time I was in Gryphon and thinking to myself the maple wasn't very flamey. Then I slapped myself silly, realizing the money was spent giving the consumer first class sound...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    You'd be a prospect for the RedEye Twin then. The RedEye works because of its very linear amplification characteristics. I had a chat with the owner/designer, and he said most pres need EQ due to...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I will point out, the RedEye was developed because a fiddle player wanted it, so it is no surprise it works well for mandolin.Never heard an Avalon or Redi, just Manley, Apogee, and Great River pres....
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    As much as I love the RedEye. I have not used it since I got my SunnAudio Stage 1 DI. The overall sound is just better. Noy dramatic, but audible. The SunnAudio folks are from a stusio gear design...
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    Re: Thanks to Rob Meldrum!

    I had a strange phenomona happen last winter. We had for three weeks a very wet spell for this area. For two weeks, my mandolins held almost a perfect tune. My theory was they had absorbed all the...
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