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    This past Saturday I was able to drive up to Creston B.C. and pick up my much anticipated A Standard from Michael. His sweet wife Kay had a lovely breakfast ready for me when I arrived and we had a wonderful time talking gardens and mandolins. Both of my visits to the Heiden's have been very memorable for me.

    I won't go into detail but all I can say is the mandolin is everything I expected from a Heiden instrument. It has all the tonal qualities I have been looking for in a mandolin. Such a sweet yet powerful tone and not to mention the thing is a beauty. Michael is a true craftsman making instruments that speak to me visually and tonally. For that reason I had to have one. Looking forward to years of playing and enjoying it. Enjoy the pics!
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    Sweet!
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Michael is one of the best. Enjoy that thing!

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    I recently bought his A-0009 c.1994. It's one of the finest instruments I've ever played. Enjoy yours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Bergstein View Post
    I recently bought his A-0009 c.1994. It's one of the finest instruments I've ever played. Enjoy yours!
    Is that the one that was for sale at Blue Dog Guitars and later Dusty Strings? I will confess that eyed that one more than twice.
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    That mandolin is beautiful! Congratulations!

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    Very nice. Congrats!!

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    Congrats on your new mandolin!
    Looks like a Hoffee case? Your investment will be well protected.
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    Bill, it's actually a Calton case. Burgundy with green interior. Thanks!

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    Congrats! Fill us in on the wood details. Love the color of the finish and the overall vibe. I sure enjoy my Heiden #A54.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Congrats! Fill us in on the wood details. Love the color of the finish and the overall vibe. I sure enjoy my Heiden #A54.
    Sure thing, it's got an Adi top and slab maple back and sides. Yeah I'm really enjoying the look. It's Michaels "shaded brown" finish. When discussing the look I was looking for I told Michael I wanted an "old violin" look. He hit it dead on.

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    Awesome! Enjoy the new mandolin!
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    Very nice indeed. Don't see too many Heiden's over here, but of those I have tried, they were absolutely excellent in every respect.
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    How long did it take from the day you ordered it?
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    beautiful indeed
    love the dark binding
    please when you can, some sound clips

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Ritchhart View Post
    How long did it take from the day you ordered it?
    it was close to a year and a half and
    Well worth the wait! However, I am unsure of his current wait time. He had a couple of beauties he was finishing up on his bench that I believe he said were headed to Carter Vintage in Nashville. Not sure if they are already spoken for but wow they were lookers. Your best bet would be to contact Michael directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedenver View Post
    beautiful indeed
    love the dark binding
    please when you can, some sound clips
    Will get some clips up this week.
    Thanks!

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    Awesome!!!

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    Very very nice looking A style! I've been away from "Pearl" for a week now (on vacation).. I hope she doesn't mind me looking at other fine mandos
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    Congratulations!

    I was in Ireland for two weeks last month and the thing I missed most was my Heiden...

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    beautiful mandolin!
    the look of yours is amazing-very organic, very classy
    i love looking at Heidens, they just have something that speaks volumes without even laying hands on one.
    looking forward to the soundclips
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    Quote Originally Posted by darylcrisp View Post
    beautiful mandolin!
    the look of yours is amazing-very organic, very classy
    i love looking at Heidens, they just have something that speaks volumes without even laying hands on one.
    looking forward to the soundclips
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    Initially that is what drew me to Heidens work. I had never played any of his instruments. I had seen his bursts online and they really caught my eye. When I went to his place last year and saw them in person I was blown away. The depth in the finish was like no other I had ever seen. The images don't do it justice.

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    Congratulations! Michael is really at the top of his game & always advancing. I played with a friend of mine yesterday that has a couple of month old Heiden & it just sings. Every mandolin Michael makes has magic to it. He's really a national treasure. Every line on those instruments is well considered. As well as the tone, the fit, finish& aesthetics are beautiful.

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