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    Default The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Here are some pics of my Black mandolin A2 (#12) which I recently purchased. I am very happy with it. It has a 11/8" nut and since I adjusted the truss rod tension, it has become even more playable.

    You will some pictures of it in earlier threads but here it is again:

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    Here is a sound file:

    https://soundcloud.com/tags/chinquipin%20hunting
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Hi Nic,
    It's always good to see #12.
    Your Soundcloud tag doesn't work for me though.
    So, I can't hear her.
    It still works on the Mike Black Mandolin Social Group page,
    but the tag is a little different.
    Gary
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Quote Originally Posted by GKWilson View Post
    Hi Nic,
    It's always good to see #12.
    Your Soundcloud tag doesn't work for me though.
    So, I can't hear her.
    It still works on the Mike Black Mandolin Social Group page,
    but the tag is a little different.
    Gary
    Try this one Gary:

    https://soundcloud.com/nic-gellie/record-0106
    Nic Gellie

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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    That's a gorgeous mandolin.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    But it isn't exactly black, is it?
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    But it isn't exactly black, is it?
    That is right. Bertram, I used the definitive article to distinguish it from a 'Black' mandolin. For me it is a great "the Black" mandolin. And apologies to Mike for writing that even though if you scrutinise the photo the headstock says Black and yes the colour there is black even though the rest of the mandolin is a dark brown with golden sunburst. And thanks also to F2Dave for his compliments.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    But it isn't exactly black, is it?
    Exactly!

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    Tell about your truss rod adjustment.

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    Tim it has a 2-way truss rod. The truss rod had been set so that there was two much bow in the neck. I turned it in the other direction to straighten the neck. Voila! action lowered with better playability. Quite a marked difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Exactly!

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    Well Pat you have the definitive black Mike Black with a Virzi. I have a dark brown sunburst Mike Black without one.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Wait just a minute! Pat has an awesome A2Z, but this A4 will always be "The Black". Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Gellie View Post
    Well Pat you have the definitive black Mike Black with a Virzi. I have a dark brown sunburst Mike Black without one.
    Right, Nick, and I have a blonde Black.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Well Teak, show us yours so we can can see all the Black mandolins whatever shade or colour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclover View Post
    Wait just a minute! Pat has an awesome A2Z, but this A4 will always be "The Black".
    34 > 14, Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teak View Post
    Right, Nick, and I have a blonde Black.
    A blonde Black is also a lovely thing.

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    Another blonde Black, #35.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    You guys [Pat and Nic] are killing me here.
    This one isn't a new color. But, it has F holes.
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    Default Re: The Black returneth once more as an A2

    Quote Originally Posted by GKWilson View Post
    You guys [Pat and Nic] are killing me here.
    This one isn't a new color. But, it has F holes.
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    I am sure it is a fine mandolin Gary. I can't say how much I appreciate you selling me the Black A2. Its F-hole sister must be comparable in her own indomitable style.

    I am sure Pat appreciates his blonde Black GBOM too.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Gellie View Post
    I am sure Pat appreciates his blonde Black GBOM too.
    I appreciate the fact that Gary somehow never managed to acquire one of Mike's piccolo mandolins!
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    I have a Black A4,with Virzi, on the way from Canada... Traditional sunburst...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Sheehy View Post
    I have a Black A4,with Virzi, on the way from Canada... Traditional sunburst...
    That A4 is a beauty, Eddie. I'm assuming it's the one that was listed in the classifieds recently for a very reasonable price. Do you happen to know whether it's Mike's #7 mandolin from the infamous Virzi / no Virzi comparison with his #8 A2-z?

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    Great Mike. Thanks for posting a photo of yours. Mike does a great traditional sunburst.
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    Yes, I believe it's #7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Sheehy View Post
    Yes, I believe it's #7.
    I hold that video clip, particularly the part in which Mike is chording and the tone seems almost in technicolor, singularly responsible for my decision to order a Black A2-z with a Virzi last year.
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