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  1. Re: Post here if you've had a POSITIVE custom build experience

    I have ordered 3 custom mandolins from Tom Ellis and 2 custom mandos from Andrew Mowry. Both guys are class acts. Great communication, entirely trustworthy, timely completions, and both stand 100%...
  2. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    Yes, Will makes a very nice instrument, too. The only reason that I let go of my Kimble BB#1 was so that we could get it back to Butch, who had a fondness for it.

    Kimble and Ellis are both great,...
  3. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    My Kimble was the Butch Baldassari '25 #001, a Loar replica prototype that Will originally built for Butch. Here is a link to it on Butch's website: http://www.soundartrecordings.com/bb25.shtml
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  4. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    Steve Smith's Ellis is a beauty and his playing does it justice. That makes one of us!
  5. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    I also owned a Collings - an MF5 Varnish -- and I would echo Chris's comparison. Heck, I owned a Kimble F, too. In my experience, the Kimble and Ellis are tonally different instruments. YMMV.
  6. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    The tone is very articulate and clean. Individual notes just ring for ages. It has a strong fundamental and you truly hear chords as a combination of individual notes. The E and A strings are...
  7. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Re: Ellis #140

    I share your enthusiasm for Tom's instruments! I did request it with the silver hardware, and it came with a very nice bound pickguard which is easily removed.
  8. Thread: Ellis #140

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    Ellis #140

    Hi All,

    I just wanted to share some pictures of my Ellis #140 Special. What a wonderful instrument. Clear, loud, articulate, balanced, pure.... I could go on. The neck is a dream and the...
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    Re: Steve Smith Mando Workshop in Norfolk,VA

    Steve and Chris just played in the Houston area this past weekend and they were fantastic. Lots of fun and great music. Steve is a monster mandolin player.

    I was fortunate in that I also got...
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    Re: Ouch, I feel Chris Thille's pain

    I have had the pleasure of dealing with Tom on several occasions and he is a 100% class act.
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    I am an owner and big fan of Ellis mandolins, and...

    I am an owner and big fan of Ellis mandolins, and I have owned a Collings MF5, a Kimble F, and a Daley F -- all in that $10K+ range, and all very nice. #Another wonderful mandolin I have owned is...
  12. I saw Lyle play last night (Sunday) in Houston...

    I saw Lyle play last night (Sunday) in Houston with Sam Bush and flatpicking phenom Keith Sewell. #It was the last show of his tour and he pulled out all of the stops for the hometown audience. #(Ray...
  13. Thread: Collings mt

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    Great mandolin. Enjoy!!

    Great mandolin. Enjoy!!
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    Evaluating *new* mandolins can be tricky...

    Evaluating *new* mandolins can be tricky business. Like fine wine, the very best mandolins develop over time. Also like fine wine, the very best don't always sound great when new. Terms such as...
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    The Collings that you reference is an MF5V. The V...

    The Collings that you reference is an MF5V. The V means that it has a varnish finish, and varnishing can impart a yellow color. Same is true of their guitars. My Ellis is the same way. Don't let it...
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    Someone once asked me to describe my Ellis #103....

    Someone once asked me to describe my Ellis #103. #Here is what I wrote:

    It has beautiful, crystalline highs, and a mid-range that seems to come directly from God's hands. #It's just gorgeous....
  17. Thread: Daley f5

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    I also had the chance to pick a few notes on that...

    I also had the chance to pick a few notes on that Daley and I agree with Joe. #Very nice instrument. Remarkably open and clear. #Has that already-broken-in sound. #Sim is doing nice work. #
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    Pretty sunburst top.  Congratulations!!! Cory...

    Pretty sunburst top. #Congratulations!!!

    Cory H.
  19. Thread: Ellis #108

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    Congratulations!!  Beautiful instrument. I have...

    Congratulations!! #Beautiful instrument. I have #103, built in May '07, and it is just starting to open up and come into its own. #I couldn't be happier. #Tom Ellis is a great guy, too. #Enjoy!!! #
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    Ellis #103

    Ellis #103
  21. Thread: Mowry #23

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    I have played this instrument and it is...

    I have played this instrument and it is exceptional. #Andrew's workmanship is fantastic and the tone is wonderful. At any price, it is a fine mandolin. #At the price he currently charges, it's hard...
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    Tom did a nice double binding on this one...

    Tom did a nice double binding on this one...
  23. Thread: Ellis #103

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    For those of you who are interested, Tom used Red...

    For those of you who are interested, Tom used Red Spruce for the top and a single piece of Big Leaf Maple for the back. #He used fossilized walrus tooth for the nut, and he did a really nice...
  24. Thread: Ellis #103

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    a close-up of the binding....

    a close-up of the binding....
  25. Thread: Ellis #103

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    My sincere apologies to everyone for mistakenly...

    My sincere apologies to everyone for mistakenly creating four separate topics for these pictures. I guess there is a reason why I don't post very often!!!
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