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    If you’re after that kind of thing it’s hard to beat the Oakwood ones in terms of bang for your buck in the UK. (Leeds)
    http://www.oakwoodinstruments.co.uk/...olins/mand.htm

    I’m playing one of their mandoloncellos in our orchestra. Basic finish, but good sound for the money
    http://www.oakwoodinstruments.co.uk/four/stock.htm

    You can give them a call & arrange to visit.
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    Hathways have a natural finish too, there are a few satisfied customers on here. http://www.paulhathway.com/
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    Got a chance to play a Girouard oval A this weekend and I was floored by the tone and playability - so much so that I'll be placing an order with Max & Lauri in the next week or so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    Got a chance to play a Girouard oval A this weekend and I was floored by the tone and playability - so much so that I'll be placing an order with Max & Lauri in the next week or so!
    So is it bye-bye Collings?
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    Gonna try to hang on to the Collings if possible, fingers crossed!
    Space Saved for Girouard Concert oval A!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    Got a chance to play a Girouard oval A this weekend and I was floored by the tone and playability - so much so that I'll be placing an order with Max & Lauri in the next week or so!
    I would love to have a go on one a Girouard - lovely, lovely instruments. Did you play one of the 'fatter' bodied models?
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    I think it was one of their standard A style body designs. The top was Port Orford Cedar, really gorgeous tone from it - very warm and full sounding but also very sweet sounding.
    Space Saved for Girouard Concert oval A!!!
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    As you are UK-based Seamus, you should also look into Stefan Sobell (key originator of the modern 'celtic' mandolin and its offshoots). I know his instruments are hard to find and quite expensive but you might be lucky. Also Paul Shippey in Somerset makes some professional-grade mandos that have excellent quality and sound. My Shippey rosewood model (carved top, flat back) is my current favourite. Also not cheap but you could get a Shippey for a good deal less than the import price of some of those suggested above and it will not suffer by comparison.

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    Anglocelt - I would be all over a Sobell if I found one! Unfortunately, it does seem as if my tastes in mandolins do not match my income very well. I always said that the cost of mandolin should match my abilities. When I started to get better I bought an entry level Eastman and I have vowed not to go into four figures until I feel I am a much better all-round player. I think I am going to give it another year to prove it, and then I am definitely going to invest.

    Thanks for your recommendations - the surprise to me in this thread is the number of small independent luthiers making mandolins in the UK!
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    Seamus as a contrary view I found myself playing far more after I upgraded to an instrument that far exceeds my abilities. But, in the interests of balance, your Eastman is far better than what I started with.

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    I would agree with you - and I do think that at the point I bought my 305 I was not quite ready, and it has improved my playing massively. I got my Eastman for less than 300 so I got a great deal, and it made sense to jump on it even though I was still very bad.

    I have small goals for myself that have influenced my decision to wait before getting into the more expensive end of things - I want to learn the following, or at least get a great deal better:

    1) Playing and learning by ear
    2) At least be able to introduce some double-stops on more than one song
    3) Have a learned songbook of over 30 tunes
    4) Contributed to a session in a substantial way
    5) Learn Bach's Suit 1 Prelude!

    This is a bit of derailing subject for this thread, but I see friends and family decide they are going to learn the electric guitar and buy a 60s Fender Jaguar for 2,000 and my heart sinks as they only last a week or two before giving it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamus B View Post
    I would love to have a go on one a Girouard - lovely, lovely instruments. Did you play one of the 'fatter' bodied models?
    They'll be one on the east coast of Ireland from about April onwards if you're ever around those parts...

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    It's always easier to spend someone else's money and it sounds like you have a plan. Agree with you about people splurging thousands on something t hat will soon sit gathering dust. It's a case of finding the balance of something that will encourage you to learn on without breaking the bank.

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