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    Shout out to Collings

    So, I picked up my 2018 Collings MT2-V today -and all I can say is WOW. When I first got it in 2018, I was a little disappointed as it was great for bluegrass but it a little too out there for my...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    Don't expect Collings to lower their prices. I have no idea why they waited so long to eliminate the dealer pricing discounts. In fact, don't expect anything to get cheaper. Small businesses run...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    I suppose a 120,000 dollar mandolin is not really worth that if no one will buy it at that price, on the other hand buy asking manufactures and luthiers to lower their sales cost -are we asking them...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    The reason for the Collings price increase was widely communicated with their retailers and business partners, less so with consumers, but I saw plenty of evidence on the Forum here it got seen by...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    Don’t assume that companies sit back and just decide they want more money for their product. Costs of doing business increase over time, be they raw materials, rent, wages, taxes, marketing costs or...
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    I also got to check out that F5 at Wintergrass, and I agree, it's a great instrument.

    Regarding workmanship, from what I've seen Michael's is among the very best. And here's where I'll express my...
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    Re: Small diameter round braided strap source

    John check out “Little Satchel.” Jo is on Facebook and Etsy. She is located in Australia and she offers up a high quality hand made braided roo strap. Lp

    https://www.facebook.com/alittlesatchel/
  8. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    Jordan was super helpful and sent me sound files of all three instruments. All there very distinctive and pleasant. The Pava sounded complex. The Collings was shimmery in a nice way. But the winner...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    I'm going to suggest that you put away a bit more money, and then make a weekend trip to Nashville. There are plenty of old Gibson F-4's up there, ranging in price from $4500 to $7500 [the imaginary...
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    Re: Chris Thile's Loars

    As good as Thiele is, he’s equally as good at putting a stellar group of musicians together. His Live From Here groups are truly mind boggling in their ability to morph from one genre to another,...
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    Re: Dash Crofts

    I thought maybe it was time to revisit this old thread--cool article on Seals and Crofts in Feb Texas Monthly:
    https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/secret-oil-patch-roots-summer-breeze/
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    This is Cathy Pelosi and Walter Ellis, Tom's son, of Ellis & Pava Mandolin and Precision Pearl. Great folks, part of a big dinner tomorrow that includes Peghead Nation, Straight Up Strings and the...
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    Tristan Scroggins & Molly Tuttle

    I've honestly not listened to a whole lot of Tristan's stuff, but he and Molly absolutely tear up one of my favorite old time tunes. He really pulls some fabulous tone out of that old F-4....
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    Your favourite mandolin picture of 2019

    I was looking through the pictures on my phone today and got to wondering ...

    What is your favourite mandolin related picture that you took this year? Post them here!

    We were very fortunate to...
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    Re: Prettiest A model I have seen in a while

    I’m not sure it’s fair to even compare them. I’ve had the Ellis for less than a day.
  16. Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I have Collings MT glosstop that is a lefty.
    I got it in a trade deal and thought I would flip it.
    I quickly switched it to a righty to see what it sounded like.
    It sounds great.
    Better than a...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    I would just skip things like these with first build. There are MUCH MUCH more important things that first-timer needs to grasp. Just follow your desired model for first few builds and when you have...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    Good decision ! You won't have to upgrade now !
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Waverly tuners are made with close tolerances. That makes them feel great when we take them out of the box and spin the knobs, but it means that slight spacing errors, or slight misalignment of the...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Before I lubricated anything I'd pull the string off the tight tuner and see if it turns freely. It might be that the hole isn't drilled straight and it's binding. It could bind in the nut as well....
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    Re: proper fret dress

    I would add that finding someone you trust who's really good at fret work is, I think, hugely important. A good fret job can help the instrument play more in tune, as well as help make the mandolin...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Were the frets off from the beginning? While this shop might be expensive, so is a new mandolin that needs work straight out of the gate!
  23. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Heck, Bill Monroe himself played folk mandolin before he started the Blue Grass Boys! Just listen to his recordings with his brother Charlie.

    Just for the record, bluegrass is not "traditional...
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    Re: Your average $150,000 guitar

    Well one thing that can be said is that its a very well inlaid and carved instrument-one can't deny the very intricate work that was done but for that price I'd rather have a 22-24 Loar signed F-5 or...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Shot across the bow of the latest from OZ.
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