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    Re: Ellis vs Hester

    Thank you, Chuck. I really attempted to do as you noticed, attain the best to me in different categories that mean something to me. I do not play traditional Italian mandolin, so no tater bugs for...
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    Re: Ellis vs Hester

    I got busy before I could finish my comparison. The Ellis has sharp clear highs with strong woody sounding basses. It has those really strong bluegrass four finger chop. The Hester has sweeter...
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    Ellis vs Hester

    I am blessed to have two outstanding instruments from two different approaches, F5 and F4. They just seen to approach music from a different perspective. When playing grass, the Ellis is about as...
  4. Poll: Re: Vintage Flatiron Performer A (1993, Bozeman) vs Eastman MD305

    To me that is a no brainer. The Eastman is a very nice instrument at it's price point, but the Flatiron is another level of tone and feel. Flatiron is my choice.
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    I think there is something special about those teen and twenty's Gibson ovals. While I think that the A's and F's have different tonal qualities and play feel, both are simply great instruments. ...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    Having had both Gibson F4s and an A4, the F4 seems to have a less "tubby" sound, though I cannot explain why. A huge difference in the playing is the F4s have a more slender neck. The necks of the...
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    Re: Best if the few I played at Carters

    Surf, thanks for the correction. I have been misspelling it like that for years. Really sad when you think I have had three Collin(g)s. BTW, had I listed the five brands that I would like best...
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    Best if the few I played at Carters

    Of the six I played one was no surprise. The Dude lived up to the he high expectations. I was really surprised by a Hinde. Great workmanship, tone and playability. The best I played (just my...
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    Re: Removing the bridge cover on a Martin

    I finally got to changing the strings on the Martin. Two thumbs, as Mike recommended, did not work. The top was jammed on there. I used some heavy scissors to pry it up. It took a while. Will...
  10. Re: Sell mando here or consignment with a retailer?

    I have done both. The classifieds are a great way to sell if you are willing to do much of the work, negotiation, shipping and dealing with returns, etc. Those are issues, at this point in my life,...
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    On my way to Carter's. Played this baby one more time before leaving. I'm know I am doing the right thing, but it still makes me sad.
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    Robert Bowen was at my home for a picking party. The daughter of a good friend asked him to play her new cheep guitar. I played that guitar before the session and it sounded tinny and was extremely...
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    You can live with out your wants. You cannot live without your needs. By that I guess I don't need any instruments, but my... life would be drab.
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    Re: Removing the bridge cover on a Martin

    Thank you, Mike.
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    Removing the bridge cover on a Martin

    I am looking for advice on how to remove the bridge cover on my Martin Style C to change the strings. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    I suspect Pheff being an owner of a Hester A5 knows exactly why I am keeping my Hester F4. I just thought it was a worthy question to try to share my answer.
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    My buddy Pheff asked why I decided to keep the Hester and rehoming the Collins. There a few reasons. One the Hester has a slightly solter more gentle sound that I prefer. Second, Gail made that for...
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    Don, I truly do not like selling instruments and all that is involved. Negotiation, packaging, shipping and all the rest. I am fortunate to be able to work with Walter Carter and his staff that do...
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    Cullng the herd

    With great reluctance, Tuesday I am going to put my Collins on consignment. With my lovely Hester F4, I cannot justify having another oval hole with somewhat similar sound. The Martin, while an...
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    A friend, who is a luthier, brought me a Loar (the real deal) to try out. According to him, it spends most of the time in a safe. I sat down with great excitement so afraid that I might drop it. ...
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    Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    Thank you all for your suggestions.
  22. Re: Does the mandolin world suffer much from fakes?

    While not specifically called bench copies, I can think of dated Red Diamond and Stanley that make every effort to copy the Loar sound and the look as close as possible.
  23. Thread: Gratitude

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    Re: Gratitude

    Pheff, that is a great question. My first thought was a dollar point, but honestly, there are outstanding F5s, for example, that have price points under ten thousand. I guess for me that point are...
  24. Thread: Gratitude

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    Re: Gratitude

    One point of my original post was that above a certain point, the "best" is really subjective and what best fits a player's style. So while I am a big fan of the Gilchrist, Ellis just fits me best. ...
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    Re: Gratitude

    Flatrock, sorry I misunderstood your post.
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