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    Is in my budget the $12k models this will be a long distance deal of I proceed which model would a hard core Bluegrasser buy?

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    My dream would be to own the 'Crusher Voiced' (modeled after Grisman's Loar) Red Diamond F-5. I think any Bluegrasser, hard core or otherwise would be proud of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    My dream would be to own the 'Crusher Voiced' (modeled after Grisman's Loar) Red Diamond F-5. I think any Bluegrasser, hard core or otherwise would be proud of it.
    +1...although the "Reichsman" voiced model probably ain't too shabby either...Wish I had your budget Bro...LOL!
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    Talk to the store and get a return policy. I've played stellar examples of the Reischamn and Crusher voicings.

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    Yes, I believe there are few hardcore bluegrassers who would turn up their nose at any of those.

    The website is here (it's lovely):

    http://www.reddiamondmandolins.com/

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    Red Diamond mandolins are one of the varieties of mandolins I have not yet had an opportunity to play. I keep looking. Their reputation is stellar. Luck... R/
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    Thanks for all the friendly advice looks like I under estimated the price a little
    More like $13500.

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    website indicates both the Crusher and Reischman replica models were limited editions and sold out. Is Don making more of these models?
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    Morgan Music shows them in stock

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    I suspect there might be one or two threads about these mandolins on the site
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    Red Diamonds are amazing instruments. My Crusher-voiced Vintage '22 F-5 is truly special.

    My advice to the OP is to do what you can to get a Crusher- or Reischman-voiced Vintage model (A or F). A better mandolin you cannot buy.

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    Reischman's mandolin has the best tone of any I've heard so far. Of course a lot of that is because Reischman was playing it. Hard to believe someone could achieve an intentional copy of it with so many factors at play. I would love to buy one if I hit the lottery some day (which will be never as I don't play).

    I hope you will post clips of your red diamond when you get it.

    Cant imagine any bluegrasser or any mandolinist not being thrilled with one.
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    I have a Vintage F 24 and a Vintage A 22. They are both great but different. The 24 is brighter with a vibrant E string. In general it really cuts through in a multi instrument jam. The 22 is just a touch darker and more even across the spectrum. They both have lots of headroom and are solid way up the neck. Don knows his stuff and I highly recommend any of his mandolins. My personal favorite is the Vintage 24. You can hear my RDs on my "mandothumper" YouTube channel.

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    It better sound good, it's about three times the price of my truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
    It better sound good, it's about three times the price of my truck.
    Darn near any mandolin is three times better than a truck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
    It better sound good, it's about three times the price of my truck.
    Guaranteed it will sound better than your truck.

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    I have purchased a RD Vintage 22 A style and it is a real nice mandolin. I also play a Buckeye. Both are great mandolins. Buckeye is a deeper chopping mandolin but not as good on the highs. The RD is clear and full everywhere on the neck.
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    I think Don is going to start a new batch soon

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    I play a F5 Vintage and it's absolutley one of the finest mandolins ive ever had in my hands. If your looking to purchase a great mandolin you really need to check all his vintage mandos out. Ive played all the Vintage and Signature models and I really like the July 9 voicing. My good freind has a Vintage 22 that is also killer. I love em all!!!!!!!

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    Red Diamonds are top notch
    you cant go wrong with one
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