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    Collings sure is cranking out the mandolins.

    I see so many come and go in the classifieds, it seems like more than any other brand.



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    All quality pieces. With consistency comes a consideration kinda like currency. That and you can sell one today and expect to find another one later of equal quality anytime later.

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    I hope they crank out enough everyone runs out of places to put them, and one or a few end up stored at my house.

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    They are consistently raising the bar and then exceeding it themselves. The last few I have played were just wow. Bill has left behind a legacy that few will ever exceed. I've heard they have some new stuff in the works for NAMM. If you haven't played one of their Traditional model guitars you should try one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Packard View Post
    Collings sure is cranking out the mandolins.

    I see so many come and go in the classifieds, it seems like more than any other brand.



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    Let us know when you think it's appropriate and we'll add Collings to this list. Someone just made the same observation today on Facebook. Oh, wait, that was for a different company. Sorry.

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    I suspect it's like cars. You buy a particular model thinking it's quite rare then you see the same type all over the place.

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    Collings produces some of the best mandolins out there, and I say without hesitation they set the bar for consistency. Their fit and finish is second to none. Tone is subjective, you may or not like like a specific makers tone, but Collings is at the highest tier in the art(instruments) they produce.

    Collings provides a highly enticing product to buy and trade because they are so consistent.

    Have you read the million comments about how consistent they are? This means someone can buy a Collings with relative security that it's a great mandolin.

    You'll see a lot of reviews about makers who can be hit or miss. I won't mention names.

    Collings has therefore been a hit in the marketplace here because they can be a trusted used buy. What I haven't touched on though, is a large portion of the Collings you see posted in the classifieds are NEW, because shops know there is a high demand. New Collings get posted all the time here.

    Certain brands are highly regarded here at the Cafe, think Collings, Northfield, and more... (I mention those since they are super hot right now). If they are highly spoken of, the market will naturally be full of their product.
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    All I know is that I just recently bought a used Collings MT-O gloss top out of the classifieds. So glad there are some great Collings coming through the classifieds. Was considering buying one new and ended up saving about a $1000 on a killer mando. So glad to see lots of used Collings and other mandolins here in the classifieds. Lots of eye candy and a perpetual source of inspiration for my own MAS. Thank you Mandolin Cafe! Scott

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    I wish there were more...I am looking for an A-style used...Collings MT or Weber.


    Quote Originally Posted by Scott L View Post
    All I know is that I just recently bought a used Collings MT-O gloss top out of the classifieds. So glad there are some great Collings coming through the classifieds. Was considering buying one new and ended up saving about a $1000 on a killer mando. So glad to see lots of used Collings and other mandolins here in the classifieds. Lots of eye candy and a perpetual source of inspiration for my own MAS. Thank you Mandolin Cafe! Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott L View Post
    All I know is that I just recently bought a used Collings MT-O gloss top out of the classifieds. So glad there are some great Collings coming through the classifieds. Was considering buying one new and ended up saving about a $1000 on a killer mando. So glad to see lots of used Collings and other mandolins here in the classifieds. Lots of eye candy and a perpetual source of inspiration for my own MAS. Thank you Mandolin Cafe! Scott
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    Love my Collings MT. If I had the bankroll, I'd buy a few more Collings mandolins and guitars. Would love to hear and test drive an oval hole Collings mandolin.
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    I get so much love my Collinsís at gigs and jams. Not that it should matter, but it confirms what I think of it - beautiful sound, a high range that makes people look up and smile, and itís loud. Really loud. I know Iím biased.

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    I am glad there have been some used in the Classifieds (I agree that most of the ones posted are new.) I love my Collings MT that I just purchased, compares favorably with my Pava and Weber (my previous standards of excellence.)

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    I had a Collings MF that was one of the best sounding mandolins I've ever played or listened to. I sold it to a well known fiddler and studio musician here in the "805" who uses it for recording. It doesn't have the "on stage" look he likes for live performances, but it has a better sound than anything else he's played and it's all he plays for recordings. I only sold because I needed the money for an F4 purchase.

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    I have two Collings, one in each location I play from. I had another but I sold it ... to my mandolin teacher.
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    Whether you play a Collings or not,there's no denying that they've been producing consistently high quality instruments for a long while. Like Weber,the Collings build standard has been impeccable over the years. I can only surmise that any Collings instruments for sale in the ads., are owned by folks 'moving up' the mandolin ladder - very high quality instruments for sure !,
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    Still waiting to come across a mandolin I consider to be an upgrade in sound or playability from my MTO.

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    yes, it looks like Collings ( or insert any other successful builder ) is cranking them out...a sign that business is good?
    Ironic, there are a few for sale used at any given time, but bargains are few and far between--I take that as a sign of a healthy business with a great reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9lbShellhamer View Post
    Collings produces some of the best mandolins out there, and I say without hesitation they set the bar for consistency. Their fit and finish is second to none. Tone is subjective, you may or not like like a specific makers tone, but Collings is at the highest tier in the art(instruments) they produce.

    Collings provides a highly enticing product to buy and trade because they are so consistent.
    Yep, that’s why I sold mine. I was confident the buyer would get something he loved. And he did!

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