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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, it really is a game-changer. I’ve played and owned nice mandolins before but this one is special. I was very happy at how well it stood up with the Gibson MM and Ellis...
  2. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    And... never mind. Glad you found one. You’ll keep your money in that one too. Well done!
  3. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    You’re not too awful far from Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh. That place is legit, although Collings-heavy, which may exceed your budget if you want a F.

    I say your best bet in that range is a...
  4. Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Great thread!

    I'll second the sentiment that the world is your oyster here.

    The high cost of mandolins has led me to value A styles above other styles, particularly used A styles. Kind of like...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    Hey, man:

    Sounds like a good problem to have. A band's asking you to play with them. :-)

    My input is just ask someone in the band what you'll be playing when you meet. They'll likely tell you,...
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    Re: My journey through mandos under 1K

    Ah, man. I love it.

    I spent quite a bit of time during my mandolin journey sorting through mandolins under 1k. The truth is, you can do really well for that amount of money.

    I started out...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    Cool thread, Br1ck...

    I've never been too put off by wear and tear on an instrument. I do, however, like to keep my instruments as nice as I can because I'm just into them being in good shape, but...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Nice, Dave!

    Although I wouldn't put myself in MAS status, an oval-holed mandolin is definitely on my list, perhaps next, whenever that would be. I don't really have a gig for it right now, so that...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    No doubt, archerscreek. The essence of the tone was there and was very fine. It just didn't have the bark (yet, I suppose). What gives me hope is how I've witnessed mandolins get stiffer over time,...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Ah, thanks, man! Here’s a short one my wife took the other day when we were camping in Arizona. This is pre-The Mandolin Store, pre-J75s. :-)


    https://youtu.be/-trKsKqduII
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Hey, Parker:

    There's quite a bit to your question, and there has been a bunch of discussion on the Cafe you'll like enjoy checking out (searchable). But, that aside, here's my .02.

    String...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    I suppose TMS has an inventory concern like any other retailer, but it’s a strange observation in the context of this thread. I didn’t consider what they might or might not have prior to getting...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Oh... I forgot to mention how much attention Brian gave to my mandolin while I was there. I basically got a full-setup at no cost, just because I stopped in.

    Thanks again, guys!
  14. Re: Recent visit to Carters, and also to Tyler White’s shop

    Thanks for the review! I just (yesterday) visited The Mandolin Store in Surprise, AZ and had a similarly awesome experience.

    I also fond the Ellis's and the Collings to be really great, and felt...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Thanks, Mando Mort:

    I had the pleasure of visiting The Mandolin Store yesterday, meeting Dennis and Brian and trying a bunch of mandolins. I was really happy with how my MT2 was positioned,...
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    Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Hi, Everyone:

    A few years ago, I was lucky enough to marry a woman I love very much. It just so happens, she is from just south of Tuscon, Arizona, which is only a short distance south of Phoenix,...
  17. Re: Sweet Child of Mine (GNR) - featuring mandolin

    Yes! I loved that. I was also jonesing for the heavy part at the end. :-)
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    Agreed on getting it checked out. It could be as simple as a $50 setup (one hour of work) or, if there's something more serious you'll be able to find out. Aside from the truss rod getting wonked...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Hi, Everyone:

    Thanks so much for your interest in what's up with my new(ish at this point) Collings MT2. It continues to delight me each time I pick it up, and has en ever-evolving voice.

    I...
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    Re: Is my top caving in?

    I agree with the post tilt. Was it leaning prior to you sanding it? I feel like if the top was caving in it would be pretty obvious, or at least it will soon become pretty obvious. I've seen it on a...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    Hey, Bill:

    I hear ya'. It's definitely a tough decision. I'll provide a little push back and point out what is likely obvious and irrelevant, lol....

    If your Collings stays home because you're...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    He's a beast! I've been enjoying his videos quite a bit. :-)
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    I'll throw in a vote for not selling if at all possible. I know how it goes. I sold a beloved mandolin because I needed the money, and it helped at the time, but in the long run that phase of my life...
  24. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Good question, julyboy:

    The answer is a resounding yes. There is a difference, and no less so than on a guitar. A mandolin is an acoustic instrument all the same, frequently hand-carved to have a...
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    Re: Amplify my gibson f5 master model

    Hey, man:

    I'll give a plug for the Schertler DYN-M and a Schertler Yellow preamp. It'll set you back about $900, but is a really great, non-piezo approach to amplifying a mandolin. You could take...
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