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  1. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    The northfield's are put in four categories these days.

    NF5S is the basic model, and has binding only on the top, with a laquer finish.
    They are great mandolins, and just have a bit less bling...
  2. Thread: Old Gibson

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    Re: Old Gibson

    Fix it, string it, and play it.
    It is a very cool mandolin, but not a museum piece.
    It wants to be played.

    If you plan to sell it, get it to a good luthier, who can get it in playing...
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    Re: for people who don't have deep pockets.

    I think you are best served by going to play mandolins to see what you like.
    All instruments are different, even from the same maker.
    Some Gibsons don't have that "Gibson" sound.
    Some Gibsons...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    I think the thought is that if you place it gently down on the string side, then the only thing touching would be the edge of the strings at the nut and bridge. Laying it on the back could leave...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    I have no problem with a store asking me to be careful with a $10,000 instrument.
    When they gave me the Ellis, and led me to a room I could play it in, The guy just said, "We only ask that you...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    I will be very sad if it was there and I missed it.
    I had planned to go down just to check that one out, but forgot.
    If it is still there, then I missed it...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    You should play whatever you wish.
    They are happy to let you.
    Just ask. It is worth it.
    I just walked up and said, “I am here to try out the Ellis”.
    They said, “great. Here you go”.
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    Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    Hey All,

    I went down to Gryphon in Palo Alto yesterday to test out the Ellis F5 Fern they have in currently.
    I have never played an Ellis, so I had to go.
    I brought my Northfield Artist 5Bar to...
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    I have a Northfield Artist 5-Bar, and I love it.
    Definitely worth every penny.

    If I were going for straight up Bluegrass, I would probably go for a Big Mon.
    I think the neck is good for a big...
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    That is a very cool design.
    Your attention to detail is incredible.
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    Re: Three Beginner Questions

    For $300, don't buy an F Style.
    Buy an A Style.
    For that price the A will be a far superior instrument.

    Go for a used Kentucky, Eastman, or J Bovier.
    The Kentucky KM150 is the general go to...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    It is a very cool instrument.
    I appreciate that they took the extra effort in the details, like the wooden pickup frame, and cool wooden knobs.
    I also like that it is an 8 string.
    I think I...
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    Re: Gypsy jazz tenor guitar at modest price point

    That is a tough one, as good sounding Django/Gypsy style instruments tend to be quite expensive.
    I have searched for an affordable Gypsy Jazz six string guitar, but I have found they are always...
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    Re: Mandolin with purple finish

    There is a purple mandolin on the front page of the Girouard website, so bet they could make you one.
    http://www.girouardmandolins.com
  15. Re: Newbie wondering about "The Loar" F-style mando quality

    For under $500 you should get an A style.
    I don’t know of a decent F style that cheap.
    Get a Kentucky KM150 or similar.
    It will be a much better sounding instrument than a sub $500 F style
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    Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Just wanted to sing the praises of Robert Sherman's repair work.
    If you are in the bay area, and you are looking for a luthier for mandolin work, or any instrument really, he is awesome.
    He is...
  17. Re: Any help identifying this beautiful instrument?

    The bit throwing me off is the short peg near the body, which would move it farther east.
    Maybe a Setor from Tajikistan?
    I don’t see that peg on middle eastern instruments, but is more common on...
  18. Re: Any help identifying this beautiful instrument?

    I would guess it is some kind of Saz. (Turkey)
    There are so many versions of this kind of instrument spread across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
    It is a very cool thing. I like the...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    It is the wrong question.
    Do instruments change over time?
    Well, if you take a new instrument and put it away in a case for 30 years, probably not.
    It will probably be a bit lacking from...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    I don't get the anxious hand wringing over changing strings.
    It really isn't that hard.
    Takes about ten minutes, once you get the hang of it.
    Get a James Tailpiece, which makes changing strings a...
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    Re: Virzi "Tone destroyer"

    This is an interesting article on the Virzi, with varying opinions from various knowledgeable sources.
    http://www.mandozine.com/media/instruments/virzi.html

    If it is resale you are concerned...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    I change strings once a week on average for mandolin, even when using coated strings.
    To me they just sound dead after a few days of solid playing.
    I find they are definitely dead after a hard jam...
  23. Re: Bluegrass Giveaway - Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Michael Da

    Very cool.
    If you pick me, you can save on airfare as I live an hour from Napa!! :grin: :whistling:
    I will get my Northfield 5bar spruced up for the occasion.

    Kidding aside, looks like a very...
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    Re: Web based backing track tool?

    There is this one that is free and ok for practicing:
    http://www.fbbts.com/Tunes.html
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    Re: Northfield Nick

    Yeah, I didn't want the stress of keeping a jewel-like brand new expensive mandolin looking brand new, so I bought an older beat up expensive mandolin, and I couldn't be happier. I can beat the crap...
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