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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    Tom is a #######' genius. I couldn't help but be amazed at his operation. I don't know, but it seems to me Tom has invested an incredible amount of time and money in getting the machines to do...
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    Re: Older Eastmans

    the older Eastman models had super-comfortable necks compared to their offerings today. strangely enough it's the same thing with the Kentucky mandolins of that era. i don't know who convinced these...
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    D'Addario Delivers A Holiday Turkey

    I have been playing mandolin for almost five decades and for nearly four of them D'Addario J74's were my string of choice. So I was very excited several years ago when DA released the EXP74 series. I...
  4. Re: Article: Acoustic Disc Set to Release Dawg Trio Plays Tunes &

    Sign me up! Grisman and Barnes is a match made in heaven... two masters with huge ears and expansive tastes... throw in the mighty Sam"son" and you've got a pretty potent brew... as evidenced here....
  5. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Just buy a Northfield NF F5S... the best F5 style mandolin for the buck out there... seriously.
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    Re: Classic Grisman

    This solo is very much like his solo on the original Old & In the Way recording of the classic "Knockin' On Your Door". Certainly a good, varied solo, but nothing compared to a lot of his Bobbly...
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    Re: Great New Váňa H-5 Mandola

    Thanks for the redux! The mandola sounds great and the playing even better... beautiful compositions superbly played...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    uh-oh... somebody might be getting some orders... and deservedly so! as they say in France... c'est class!
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    Re: Northfield 4.0 Reviewed

    Hi Don... I think the profile on this neck may be a bit slimmer and more Loar-like than say, their Big Mon neck which can be a bit chunky. I've found the Northfields to vary a bit like old Gibsons...
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    Northfield 4.0 Reviewed

    I know a lot of folks have been very curious about the Northfield 4.0 F5... so, after purchasing one from Elderly about a month ago, (thanks Elderly!) I thought it might be time to post some...
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    with Gibson there's always that exception from the norm... The Griffith A5, that snakehead mandola, this rectangular H5 mandola case... wonders never cease! fascinating stuff...
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    mine was #84252
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Mine was one serial # away from Bobby O's and sounded fantastic... had a lovely, orange/brown hued finish. Sounded better than most of the Loars I owned...
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    Nice looking Fern my friend! Looks like one I owned/sold a number of years ago... (sigh)
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    Thanks To Lowe Vintage

    I just wanted to give huge props to Ed Lowe and the folks at Lowe Vintage for their friendly, superb service. They were complete pros in every way regarding my recent purchase and I would highly...
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    Re: Jeff Austin Health Fund

    It's always sad when a formidable talent dies so young... and yet it happens all the time.

    It really makes me appreciate the fact that now, at 65 years old, I am playing mandolin with greater...
  17. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    I was down at Dusty Strings in Seattle today checking out a new Big Mon that they just put out on display. At $4,500 I can't think of another production F-style, pro-level mandolin that can touch it....
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    Re: Kimble Style J #67

    I used to own this mandolin... I purchased it from Andy Marshall about 3 years ago. I believe it has an Engleman spruce top and sugar maple sides and back. It was/is a fantastic sounding and...
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    Re: Northfield 4th Gen F5 reviews?

    I spoke with Jordan today at The Music Emporium where they just got one in. (Not yet posted on their site) Jordan is TME's "mandolin guy" and he's always been very helpful and frank with me. He told...
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    Re: Eastman 515 V - wow

    I appreciate your post Marty as I know you build some great mandolins. But if you were to have my Eastman MD604 in hand I believe you'd be pretty impressed with the fit and finish... not to mention...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    Hell yes Eastmans are worth keeping! I recently bought the newly re-designed Eastman MD604 (an oval hole A model on steroids) and as far as I'm concerned it's the steal of the century. Fantastic...
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    Northfield Recurve Case Remake!

    Hi Gang... I just received my new-generation Northfield Recurve case (in Grey Tweed) and I'm very pleased and impressed. This is the second Recurve that I've owned... (I sold my first one as part of...
  23. Re: Northfield 4th Generation, on Elderly's web page - $7495

    Exactly. The guys at Northfield have made (and are continuously making) their reputation the old-fashioned way... they EARN it! An impressive operation all the way around...
  24. Re: Northfield 4th Generation, on Elderly's web page - $7495

    wrong... they ARE that good... not to mention their other products.
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    Re: '25 Fern on eBay?

    My friend Larry Wexer first played this mandolin many years ago and had very high praise for it... feeling that it was one of the best he'd ever played with great upside potential once set up...
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