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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    Absolutely correct Al T. Why can't we just love the one (or more) that we already have? You really need to have a different mandolin for each style of music that you play, or at least a mandolin that...
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    My first is the Gallatin that I play two, ...three times a day. I am tempted to upgrade to a Yellowstone, River or Diamondback but often find myself asking 'why' after playing my Gallatin a bit. :)
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    I tried to quantify this "easy to play" by parameters

    I think it all depends on:

    1. The action (high action is tiring to play)
    2. Intonation (some cheap mandolin causes buzzing, which drives...
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    The overall quality of Weber mandolins is well known on here. Bruce Weber designed & built all his instruments to be ''easy to play''
    & the build quality on your 'Gallatin' reflects exactly that -...
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    Jumbo frets made the difference for me. A radiused fretboard helps too.
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    I will speculate that your Weber has impeccable fret work, something the others you've played don't. Frets, neck shape, body, etc. I can adapt to. High action, not so much.
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    When all is said and done, nut width, radiused fretboard and all the other stuff means absolutely nothing. What REALLY counts is that the instrument feels at home in YOUR arms - and if that is the...
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    You have a point. I often cannot identify what makes a mandolin "easy to play". Bridge width, fret size, scale length, weight balance, bridge location, feel of the finish, set up, so many things. But...
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    Re: Easy to play, he said!

    Good find, congratulations! I had a Gallatin meself several years ago and still bitterly regret letting it go.
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    Re: Flying with two mandolins?

    The trick to flying with two mandolins is to hold one in each hand and flap really hard. Don't worry; nobody will think you're crazy. The crazy ones try it with banjos.
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    Re: Mandoholic Confession Thread

    MikeZito, when my S.O. goes away to visit, I put my mandos and guitars on the other half of the bed so I can play before I go to sleep and before I go to work (as soon as I get up), so I am sleeping...
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    Re: Mandoholic Confession Thread

    Okay gang, I may have steeped a bit further into Mandoholicism last night -

    As you can see from the original post to this thread, I was (at the time) 'laid up in bed for nearly two weeks'. Well,...
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    Re: Camping adventures with the beater

    I hope this thread is read by all those who say, "I have no need for a 'beater' -- I take my good mandolin wherever I go. What's the use of buying a great mandolin if you're afraid to take it into...
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    Camping adventures with the beater

    Just got back from a five day camp in the coastal California Redwoods. Took my 199.00 MK.

    Day one: had mando in right hand after just exiting my tent. One of my escape artist doggie critters...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    I know a bit about, "Need" versus, "Want."

    Don't be me - ha!

    f-d
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    Good choice. I bet you'll be happy with it for a long time.
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    You'll never need another!

    f-d
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    Good decision! While I love my old Gibson, if it needed any work, it wouldn't have been worth the asking price. Weber mandolins are always a good choice. That one looks great, IMO. May this quell...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    That Gibson might be good, but there's nothing exceptional about being able to find a teens-era Gib A for around a grand--they are historically interesting but not rare, so I would suggest trying a...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    Well thought out, and a very wise move! Congratulations!!


    And as they used to say on the old A-Team TV show: Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    If that old Gibson doesn't work out, here are some oval hole mandolins that I think are worth checking out and will keep you more near your budget:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/111236#111236...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    I will add: My A3 was stored in an attic when I got it. As a result, the back plate had come unglued, the neck warped and the transverse brace came unglued. I had all that fixed 30 years ago and...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    Historical value, maybe. Musical value, definitely! My '17 A-1 just turned 100 and sings like a lark.

    Surprisingly maybe, not a whole lot commonly goes wrong with these, although decades stored...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    Bigskyed, the question that I have is why has just the headstock been refinished and by Webber? This may be true but it sure raises questions in my mind. I would check that out before investing any...
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    Re: Lost my A-Style - how to replace it?

    If the price is approximately 2x your budget, and if it sounds good, in my mind it's a good deal. But I have a bias for old Gibson A models. As my avatar shows. And as others have mentioned, it's a...
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