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    Dang, I love my pava. I have a pava a5 that I fall in love with more and more every time I play it. Show off your pavas! Post audio, video, etc. What strings do you use? What picks do you use? I wanna see what y'alls pavas can do!
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    I have tried out a few Pava mandolins and i really think a lot of them. Great players.
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    I played the one they had at Carter's Last weekend... It was indeed sweet instrument!
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    I've been looking to upgrade my mandolin with my focus being largely a Weber Bitterrot or Yellowstone.
    That is, until I heard a Pava. It literally stopped me.
    Well, I just need to put away a few more retirement checks fir one of her glossy F5s.
    Nothing wrong with Webers, outstanding instruments but Pavas just speak to me.
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    I recently acquired Pava A5 #272 from Carter's last month. Bought it on a Friday, I had them over-nite it to me. It arrived Saturday, August 25. It is a beautiful instrument, inside and out. The Cremona, Loarish color of the Adirondack top is stunning! Sound wise, it has THE tone that I was looking for, dry & woody but with a lovely warmth to it. The volume of the Pava is comparable to my Weber Yellowstone HT A, which is also a fine mandolin, btw. This Pava A5 might very well have cured my MAS!

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    I've had the pleasure of playing Pava #1. They got it right in the very beginning. A good mandolin to check out if Collings is to bright for you.
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    I have a Pava A5 that I really enjoy. It (along with my Weber and my Collings) have filled my stable and cured my MAS. The 3 all have different tones and fill different places for me, and all are superb instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadysSolo View Post
    I have a Pava A5 that I really enjoy. It (along with my Weber and my Collings) have filled my stable and cured my MAS. The 3 all have different tones and fill different places for me, and all are superb instruments.
    I was thinking of going down a similar path to cover all my bases tonally.
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    Have an early Pava.

    I'd tell you all about it, and how I feel about it, and how well it plays, and how it does literally everything I have ever asked of it, and how its sustain lets me play chords--solo-- and still sound full and sweet, and how it seems to know when I want a barky thump, and when I want a crystal tone....

    but if I did all that, it'd sound kinda... lame.

    So-

    Here's my tip-- it seems to like slightly heavier A strings than come standard in most med. gauge string sets.

    (pssst-- I really DOES all of that other stuff...)

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    I've had a lot of mandolins come and go, but I still miss Pava #52. It definitely prefer a 0.016 on the A, and I think that's what they are shipped with. I used a TAD60 on mine primarily as it seemed to bring out more of the warmth and roundness to the sound, but a fellow cafe member Andrew Buckner really made his popped with a ProPlec.

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    Here's my A5 Satin #288, bought new in July from the Denver Folklore Center. Click image for larger version. 

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    That's a stunning looking mandolin Mike. I own an Ellis "A" style & it's superb. I think that these days,you'd be hard put to tell a Pava & Ellis apart - both Tom & Pava ''build for tone'' & it shows,
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    Ivan, she sounds as good as she looks (especially when played by a better player than me). I recently got to play an Ellis A (2010?), and if my Pava sounds anything near to that when it opens up I will be very happy. There were some similarities in tone, but that Ellis sounded like I was sitting in a leather chair smoking a cigar and drinking expensive whiskey. Smooth, rich, and complex. I can only hope the Pava ages that well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Martin View Post
    ...that Ellis sounded like he was sitting in a leather chair smoking a cigar and drinking expensive whiskey. Smooth, rich, and complex.
    Ellis sitting in a leather chair, smoking a cigar, and drinking expensive Irish whiskey....yes, I have seen that many a time.

    Oh, you were referring to an Ellis mandolin. My bad.

    I play #172 Pava. It sounds great and its getting better as I beat on it (like a mule). What really changed my mandolin life is the playability. Ideas in my head actually are playable. Fast triplets and pull offs sound crisp. Doesn’t rattle when I bear down.

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    Proud owner of Pava #7 (Ol number seven) for two years in November. I canít express how much I have enjoyed it and how itís improved my playing. Partly because sounds so dang good I want to practice and partly because itís constructed so well. Sustain is the best Iíve ever played and Lord that G string. What a sound. I use Elixir strings but wish they had the 16 A.

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    I have played on several Pava's and all were very good but-----------------still several steps below an Ellis ( to my ears) !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    I have played on several Pava's and all were very good but-----------------still several steps below an Ellis ( to my ears) !
    You should watch this.


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    Mine is Pava #197, 2016. Got to hear it recently next to Jordan Ramsey's Ellis F. Definitely in the same family. Very happy with mine. Great playability, feel, and tone. It has to share time with my new Kelley A5 but I'm not neglecting it by any means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    You should watch this.


    I have been to Tom's shop and he gave my wife and I a tour of his facility. We viewed some beautiful and creative photos that Tom took also ! Wonderful photographer ! I still stand by my opinion that as wonderful as Pava mandolins are, Tom's are another step up !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain

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    Having owned a Pava and an Ellis and having played several of both, I can say that they are quite different in my opinion. Both are spectacular mandolins by all accounts, but I do not get the feeling that the Pava is just a lacquered version of an Ellis. In my experience they both have their own distinct voices. And obviously there is variance within each instrument. I am wondering how many people that say they are basically the same have spent time with both mandolins or if they are just assuming that is the case because they came out of the same shop.

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