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    My Sawchyn Beavertail mandola (left) is definitely a keeper, as are my MidMo M16 and Flatiron 1N mandolas. But my absolute favorite flat-top is my mandola (right) made by John Weisberg here in South FL. Unfortunately, though, it's a one-off instrument. (I so want him to make me an octave to match....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    So many choices.

    The three flatties I have owned have all been stunners. Big Muddy M-11, and the Weber Aspen II, and a pre-Gibson Flatiron pancake mandola the 3MW.

    I have played quite a few pancake mandolins, pre-Gibson Flatirons and Gibson Army Navy, and found them to be excellent. And I do love the beautiful sound of the Martin flattops and cant tops.
    I know this is an old thread but what was it about the M-11 that you loved? I've been considering getting a flat top. I already own a Kentucky A style ff-hole so I'm looking for something a bit different. What made you choose the M-11 versus something like the M-4 etc.? Thanks!

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    I am very pleased with my Fischbach flat-top mandolin:

    http://www.institutefortraditionalst...ic_history.htm

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/...arch=flat+back

    ebony fingerboard, rosewood back and sides, and a giant sequoia top

    Everyone that has heard it is amazed at the tone and volume.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    I am very pleased with my Fischbach flat-top mandolin:

    http://www.institutefortraditionalst...ic_history.htm

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/...arch=flat+back

    ebony fingerboard, rosewood back and sides, and a giant sequoia top

    Everyone that has heard it is amazed at the tone and volume.

    I would love to hear it, David. I don't think either of those links work tho. I get error messages for both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I would love to hear it, David. I don't think either of those links work tho. I get error messages for both.
    Try this, Jim:

    http://www.institutefortraditionalst...ic_history.htm

    https://skinnygirlsandmayo.com/tag/ernest-fischbach/

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    That works. It looks like Fischbach is not listed in the Builders Database.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willkamm View Post
    Has anyone played a Redline Acoustics, Traveler mandolin? I believe that is a US made Flattop by Steve Smith, of Cumberland Acoustics. Under $1000.00 I think?
    Here's one. Haven't played one, but would like to. https://cumberlandacoustic.com/produ...-traveler-112/
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    Don't forget Davy Stuart! He makes wonderful flat top mandolas and mandolins. Great value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astein2006 View Post
    I know this is an old thread but what was it about the M-11 that you loved? I've been considering getting a flat top. I already own a Kentucky A style ff-hole so I'm looking for something a bit different. What made you choose the M-11 versus something like the M-4 etc.? Thanks!
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    Yes - and still love the M-11. I played only a few Big Muddy mandolins before I chose the M-11. All the Big Muddy mandolins have an authoritative sound. What attracted me was it's relative warmth. Likely due to being mahogany.

    Though not a conscious factor, an M-11 smells magnificent. I have to say it.
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    The strongest cant top mandolins I have played were made by the Larson brothers.

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    that fischbach looks fantastic. there are some very nice old european makers, especially the right portuguese mandolins(with the weird tuners) but the right ones have brazillian rosewood back and sides and italian or german spruce tops. but i still say terry sawchynn makes the best flat top i have ever heard. the beaver tail. i recently heard a very plain looking moon mandolin flat top and i have to give that a close second. then there are the gibson army navy mandolins. they aren't quite as good but they have a woody vintage tone that is very enjoyable to noodle around on.

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    Haven't played a better mandolin than my Mowry 2 point flat top.
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