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    Re: What Is Your Favorite Mandolin?

    I will mention a few. The current Ellis that I have is my favorite that I have owned. close to that I had a Gibson Roberts signed MM that was probably second of all time that I traded in on a RSDMM...
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    Re: Tom Ellis on the news!

    The same news group contacted me as they wanted to personally hear the best F5 that Tom has produced LOL

    Great story on a great builder and a great person.
  3. Re: Tell me how to play like Adam Steffey in 5 easy lessons...

    I agree entirely to learning your own style and methods...... maybe stealing some licks and methods but not trying
    to copy who someone else is. Many of today's players are very stuck on Steffey or...
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    Re: Lots of Ellis Mandolins for sale

    I got to meet with Tom back in the summer at the NAMM show. He said that he was producing about 12 mandolins
    a year at this time. These mandolins sit at a price point almost in a category of...
  5. Re: have you ever used "for my retirement" as a reason to buy a m

    Nope, but I used money in my retirement fund to buy one and later paid it back :)

    heck, if you can make the sales pitch go for it !
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    Re: Some more Ellis vs Red Diamond F Questions

    Dennis at the Mandolin store sells his Ellis mandolins with a Calton as well for the 11.5 price listed above.
    I believe he has one coming soon into his shop.
  7. Thread: New Ellis F5

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    Re: New Ellis F5

    Well, I will play as nice as I can and say that the sound and playability for me were just not there. I'm not Steffey nor Thile by any means but I have been playing for 30 years and I just couldn't...
  8. Thread: New Ellis F5

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    Re: New Ellis F5

    I must say that I went thru the same scenario with a RSDMM and an Ellis F.. Sold the Ellis to get the RSDMM and like you said "something was missing".....Long story short I am glad to have an Ellis...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Pics

    Great looking Mandolin....That back is beautiful I must say ! The case that came with it compliments the mandolin
    very well also, That's almost Loar looking and the hardware looks really beefy...
  10. Re: Who are builders who, consistently, build clean F5s?

    What is so good for all of us is that this list has grown over the years.

    I still sit and look at my Ellis when I am noodling around at home and think "how in the heck does Tom build such a...
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    Re: Gilchrist Mandolins

    And probably a long 15 Months for the waiting party LOL.
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    Re: Gilchrist Mandolins

    Nope, Not a member of that club but 2 buyers here in the Cincinnati area waited long period of time for theirs...and those dates were thrown around.
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    Re: Gilchrist Mandolins

    I agree in that there are several examples of the $10-$14K club being just as good as the Gils and the Dudes. I have A/B'd the Ellis and Master Models against them both and quality, feel and sound...
  14. Re: Would You Rather Have One Gibson Lloyd Loar Or....?

    Hey Bernie, I don't think I know you as I play with a band from Brookville Indiana. You might be thing of Brad Meinerding who hangs around the Comet Allstars down in Cincy ?
  15. Re: Would You Rather Have One Gibson Lloyd Loar Or....?

    as far as spending some cash I would buy one of The new MM's that David and the crew are making at Gibson and never look back. LL's are way cool but I have yet to see one that sounds $200+K good....
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    Re: Noam and other winners at IBMA

    I think AS is the most influential mandolin player in my lifetime and such a nice guy that talks to every fan that comes along. What an ambassador for our music, we couldn't as for any better.
    But,...
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    Re: Number of employees at Gibson mandolin division

    I had the very fortunate experience of seeing the new shop about 2 years ago and back then
    there were 5-6 employees all together working on the mandolins. Even though they share the big building ...
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    Re: New 'used' Ellis "A" style has arrived.

    Welcome to the Ellis Clan ! I have had an A and now own a F and to be honest they both are equally amazing.
    The A maybe had a little bit of sweetness especially on slower single note stuff. As far...
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    Re: New Ellis F5 Ordered

    Ellis mandolins are great instruments. I let one go 3 years ago and it was always the "one that got away". I was lucky enough to just get a new one and it's a gem. I love Toms new flowerpot inlay...
  20. Thread: Collings love

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    Re: Collings love

    That is a beautiful instrument and will hold its own with anything made today or yesterday. For my ear some of the lower end Collings are too bright but when you start getting to the MF5 and above...
  21. Re: Gibson *enter mandolinist here* model--opinions?

    In that range a Collings MT2V or an Ellis A model would be a great choice. If you are stuck on a
    F model then the F5G's that are being made by Gibson right now are just killer mandolins and ...
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    Re: Questions about mandolin strap on F-style

    Its a preference thing a far as far as which shoulder to use. The biggest issue is that some people will let the back of their
    mandolin rest fully against their stomach and many will argue that...
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    Re: Martin D-18 or 28?

    "I think the new standard D18s are superb, great bracing and possibly the best in decades. The Authentics more so.

    I really would strongly recommend that you try some of the new ones. although...
  24. Thread: Rank Stranger

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    Re: Rank Stranger

    I like it when chord arrangements are changed up especially on the songs that have been played at
    least 1,356,783,923 times. I love jam sessions but the problem I think is that we spend too much...
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    Re: Where in the world do I find a Gibson F-5?

    The Harvey made F5G's are the best in Gibson history....bite the bullet and get one of those.
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