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  1. Re: Who makes A-style mandos that sound similar to Givens?

    How about Bob Givens? https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/143892#143892
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    Re: Flatiron N1 vs K2

    I would expect the 1N to be a bit brighter due to the maple back, the 2K to be a bit warmer because of the koa, and the latter to be a higher (2) trim level aesthetically with binding.
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    If the answer is framed generally about instruments, I’d say yes. Playability features such as neck profile, nut width, and fretboard radius are difficult/expensive to modify and a challenge for me...
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    Re: Pava Satin v Pro

    The great value is comparing them to dollars spent. Quality to Price Ratio. Bang for the buck. In the case of Pavas, they are Ellis shop instruments for a fraction of the cost of an Ellis branded...
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    Re: Silverangel Econo A #446

    My experience was similar. My Silverangel was a pleasure to pay in a quiet room but got a bit lost in the din of many instruments. My Collings could cut through the mix but was a bit shrill for solo...
  6. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    You didnít. But in the context of a response to Astro, your statement



    kind of read that way. Iím not trying to be combative, just trying to understand the distinction that youíre making here...
  7. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    It sounds like you’re saying that ~$20K instruments are better than less expensive ones and that they’re not.
  8. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    Mary, I'm trying to follow the distinction that you're making here, but I'm struggling. It feels like you're saying that an instrument at $25K is different (not better) than $16K but one at $20 K is...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    And hardware!
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    Re: Looking for a GOOD flat top mandolin

    In my experience, the best bang for the buck was a Flatiron pancake which pumped out a lot of sound for its size. If you like that tone but prefer modern playability features (larger frets, radiused...
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    Re: Love the One Youíre With

    There also seems to be a phenomenon in which our mind and ears recognize our mandolin as the sound a mandolin is supposed to make. It can take a while to reprogram, more than a trip to Elderly.
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    Re: Ordered a custom tenor from Davy Stuart

    Would a plectrum guitar get you there? They’re not usually strung to cello tuning, but the scale length is usually in the ballpark.
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    The typical advice around here is that you should expect to pay twice the amount of your flattop guitar for the equivalent archtop mandolin.
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    What guitar do you play? That information might inform some of the advice that you receive.
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin.

    I can’t imagine that the “best selling” mandolin is in the $400 and above price range. I’d expect the answer to be something far less expensive, like a Rogue or something hanging on the wall of every...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin A style F holes Mand-8

    You could get a lifetime flattop mandolin for less than your $1000 budget and a lifetime archtop if you could stretch to that $1500 number.
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    I love flattop mandolins, and I love Collings mandolins; therefore, I’d love to love a Collings flattop mandolin!
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    Re: 99' F5 Fern info

    1999 is the early part of the Nashville era which is highly lauded. In terms of price, I’d expect something in the $5-6K range. As a point of reference, there’s an ad for a 2000 F5L in the...
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    Re: Curt mangan Monel Strings

    I currently have them on both my Black archtop and my Poe flattop. I like monels, as in addition to longer life on the wound strings they also emphasize the fundamental with warmth at the expense of...
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    Re: for people who don't have deep pockets.

    You can occasionally find a Flatiron A-style (from when they were owned by Gibson) or a Summit (whose builder Paul Schneider used to work for Gibson) at the top end of that budget if you monitor the...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Letís see if I can help:
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    Re: Sawchyn for a newb?

    I think your ears will hear quite a difference, not only between the holes (oval versus f) but the construction (flattop versus carved) as well. I suspect that it will sound louder and more open from...
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    Re: Sawchyn for a newb?

    It looks really good. If you can buy it for the equivalent of $390 USD as Don suggests, then you will have secured a starter instrument that is truly a lifetime keeper even if you should decide to...
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    Re: Sawchyn for a newb?

    I started on a similar flattop in a Mid-Missouri M0 because for comparable money to a factory import I could afford a mandolin built in a small shop domestically. And even after sampling a number of...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    I remember. I was just hoping, as with the radiused fretboard and adjustable truss rod, that they chose modern playability over historical accuracy.
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