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  1. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    At age 63 when I began my mandolin journey !!
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    Re: Central Illinois

    Online I would check out Pete Martin at pete@petimarpress.com ! Excellent online instruction !
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    Re: Central Illinois

    I’ m from Girard just thirty miles South ! We are practicing next Wednesday at a farm at Palmyra from ten to noon and you are welcome ! PM me if interested !
  4. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Time for a break ! May be over practicing ! After a brief break I seem to improve !
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    Re: Strap Recommendation for A-style

    Bill Bailey straps !! I have four mandolins and four Bailey straps !
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Had both ! I prefer the modern sound oval, preferably a Girouard oval over other modern style oval mandolins.
  7. Re: Hello All. I'm new here, first post. Loving the mandolin.

    I started my journey of MAS with an Eastman but as my playing improved I went through several mandolins and have ended up with Ellis and Girouard models ! Journey complete !
  8. Re: Playing a collings - what would an "upgrade" really get me?

    Keep the Collings and add to your collection ! Take a look at an Ellis and Girouard !
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    I saw and heard one being played a few years ago in Arkansas but wasn't impressed much. A very tinny sound ! May have just been this particular model and a larger sampling of this company made...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Appropriate for these times ! My Ellis F5 and A5 and My Girouard F4 and A4 With a Corona Lite and a slice of lime !
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    Re: Kentucky Waltz

    Now that is tremolo !!
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    Re: A little late but here is my NMD post

    Enjoy !
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Who doesn't ?? :)
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    I buy strings through gimmesomestrings@gmail.com Great prices and service !
  15. Re: MAS: Remember, it's stronger than you and there ain't no vacc

    Get an Ellis or a Girouard and your MAS will finally be laid to rest !
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    Re: Weber Bitterroot Cedar Top

    I have two Girouard mandolins and one of which is a F4 with a Port Orford Cedar top . To my ears the oval sound is Crystal clear with a lot of sustain. Love the sound that PO produces and workmanship...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Yep, it eventually happens to all of us !
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Save your money and try to find a used Girouard A5 or oval. For not much more and you can have a new Girouard. Fantastic instruments !
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    Bought strings from everywhere but now only buy from Jason at gimmesomestrings@gmail.com. Best prices and super fast service.
  20. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    Go to the Mandolin Store ! All questions will be answered and explained !
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Girouard A5 ! You won't be disappointed ! Great sound and price ! Also, Max and Laurie great people to deal with !
  22. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    I doubt it was the the Ellis, probably your playing ! :)
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Without a doubt a Girouard !!
  24. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    Great decision !! You won't regret an Ellis
  25. Re: comparison: Ellis A5, Northfield F5 Artist VIE, Collings MF5

    Hands down Ellis !
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