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  1. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    It would be terrific if someone would ......
    Great idea . . . I'd like to see that in the 15 - 20k range too . . . while we're dreaming!

  2. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillon View Post
    Great idea . . . I'd like to see that in the 15 - 20k range too . . . while we're dreaming!
    Now you are just being silly.

    Did you know the classical music world operates on a higher plain? For the cost of shipping, dealers will send you $25k instruments, knowing that half a dozen other dealers will too. You get $100-150K worth of instruments sent to you for two week trials. You pick the one you want and send the rest back.

    Imagine having a Monteleone from Carters, a Gilchrist from Gruhn, a Heiden from Elderly, an a Giacomel from Schoenberg sent to your house for the cost of shipping. The classical dealers really want you to get the best instrument for you.
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    If you like the sound go for it ! Can't beat the price ! To my ears I don't but all ears are different ! If Ricky Skaggs was playing it I'm sure it would sound much better !
    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------supposedly !

  4. #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Did you know the classical music world operates on a higher plain? For the cost of shipping, dealers will send you $25k instruments, knowing that half a dozen other dealers will too. You get $100-150K worth of instruments sent to you for two week trials. You pick the one you want and send the rest back.

    Imagine having a Monteleone from Carters, a Gilchrist from Gruhn, a Heiden from Elderly, an a Giacomel from Schoenberg sent to your house for the cost of shipping. The classical dealers really want you to get the best instrument for you.
    No, I did not know that. At no cost to the recipient? You'd be talking some serious insurance, etc. I would think. Shipping? I don't think anyone would trust the common carriers with 100k worth of instruments. But hey I love the idea and I'm all for it, let's get this rolling! I'll start with this one . . . https://cartervintage.com/collection...-loar-signed-2

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    Recipient pays all shipping and insurance both ways. My daughter narrowed her choices down to two, and got an additional month. Played both on gigs, made her choice, sent one viola back and the other dealer got a check. I believe it cost her around $1000 in shipping, not bad considering she was shopping $25k market.
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    1913 Gibson A-1

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    You know Br1ck, that is very interesting. I wonder if the top-tier builders have every been approached with this idea. Really could be advantageous when considering a purchase that substantial. I'm sure most would offer the 48hr return, but to be able to compare 2 or 3 side by side would be so awesome and wise!

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    The only maker I know that will send you a mandolin to try is Ken Ratclif of Silverangel fame. It makes a lot of sense to me to get instruments into a buyer’s hands.
    Silverangel A
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

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    The more I play my new Rag F5 the more I like it! It plays like butter. The neck is radiused. I think the radius starts at 9.5 not sure if it is a compound radius or not. She doesn't have the bell like chime on the E and A strings like my F5G but she does have her own sweet voice. She barks too and is loud. Sounds good plugged in. The box vibrates big time and she has decent sustain. Will post pics soon. Worth the money IMO.

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