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  1. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    Go to the Mandolin Store ! All questions will be answered and explained !
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Girouard A5 ! You won't be disappointed ! Great sound and price ! Also, Max and Laurie great people to deal with !
  3. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    I doubt it was the the Ellis, probably your playing ! :)
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Without a doubt a Girouard !!
  5. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    Great decision !! You won't regret an Ellis
  6. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    Hands down Ellis !
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Started with an Eastman A5, then an Eastman F5 915 with an extremely poor setup and fret replacement from a dealer in Florida, then a very good Oldwave oval, then a Northfield with finish problems...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I have owned numerous brand picks but the pick that produces the clearest notes to my ears are Bluechip picks !
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    Bill Bailey straps ! All my four mandolins have a Bailey strap !
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    Never lubed them ! Always worked perfectly !
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    Re: Mandolin strings

    Start with medium and go from there ! Listen to your ears ! :)
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    Kind of like getting married ! You expect her to be the only one, but--------------sometimes things happen to the best of plans ! :)
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    Re: Waverly Tuners?

    I have Waverly, Rubner and other less expensive tuners. Never had any problem with any of them , cheap or expensive !
  14. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    Buy the mandolin that suits your ear to begin with and enjoy playing and don't worry about the potential appreciation ! Buy a used A built by relatively well known makers which you can find on this...
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    Re: 2 Oval=Holes With Different Feels and Voices

    You now need a Girouard oval in the mix !! :)
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    Re: D'Addario Monel sets

    Curt Mangan Monel's are very good to my ears !
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Can't go wrong with an Ellis or Girouard !
  18. Re: My Levin Mandolin, Master Model 42 from 1955

    Nice playing and sound !!
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    Re: Last Mando standing, How to choose?

    1. Girouard F4 2. Ellis F5 3. Girouard A oval 4. Ellis A5 5. wife !
  20. Re: Does anyone make Monel strings packaged separately?

    I use Mangan Monels on my Girouard A oval and love them ! Best price where I have found them are at gimmesomestrings.com !
  21. Thread: tone guard

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    Re: tone guard

    Had one but sold it ! The way I hold my mandolin I didn't hear any benefit !
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    Re: Greetings from the newest of newbies

    Congratulations ! I started out with Eastman's ! Great starter mandolin ! Enjoy !
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    Re: Price Fluctuations

    I would think the opposite ! If a well known maker dies , his instrument demand and prices should rise ! Case in point. I bought a Sergio Peresson violin in 1983 for $12,000. Price remained steady...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    From the three my choice would not be difficult , ELLIS ! If you can swing the cost ! I would also throw a Girouard in the mix !! A great mandolin!
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    Re: GIROUARD F4 Delivered Today !!!

    Concert model ! Superb in workmanship and sound ! Superb people ( Max and Laurie) too ! I would prefer playing only it but with three other mandolins I rotate between the four ! As with children, a...
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