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    Good news on your update . . . it's nice when you find your 'forever' instrument.

    Congrats!

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    Iím a little late to the conversation, but I have to say Iím a big fan of all the F9ís I have played. I think you made an excellent choice and it will not take long to fall in love with the sound and play.
    I wasnít sure at first I would bond with the bare bones cosmetics, however ever time I pick it up and play it I think what a fine mandolin. Kind of like dating a plain Jane girlfriend itís what inside that counts.

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    Dave Harvey and his crew at Gibson are building an awesome mandolin.
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    I have a 2015 Gibson F9 that I bought new from the Mandolin Store. It's been a great mandolin and generally I'm very happy with it. I had pickups installed too.

    If you can't play either prior to buying, you may have better luck going with the store vs. a person.

    From experience I can say that the Mandolin Store will live up to their products and step up when / if needed. To condense the story - I had them radius F9 I bought from them and install a pick up. Mandolin Store folks had a third party do it and the third party screwed up bad - so much so that I believe they no longer use that third party. Dennis and his team were awesome though - they worked with me and my local Luther to fix the problems and didn't cost me any thing extra.

    If you happen to have an issue with a person as opposed to a family owned store, you may not get that same level of service / support.

    I bought new because I like the idea of owning my mandolin from birth. It avoids problems and etc. That said, I also buy my cars new too for the same reason. I don't buy them often, but when I do - I want to know their history / issues and know I can use it for years without issue.

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    Glad for the update, and glad to know you're around to do it. There is something about the Gibson chop I haven't heard in other mandolins. Haven't played that many though. An F 9 would be on my short list for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stompboxfreak72 View Post
    It's funny that I don't care for country music so much but I love Bluegrass. .
    I got in to an argument with my vocal coach on this. She's adamant that "bluegrass" is "country". Personally I think bluegrass is as much country as I think "Rock" is "Blues" - some rock is blues but definitely not all. Similar, some bluegrass is country - but not all, especially newer stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbruno View Post
    I got in to an argument with my vocal coach on this. She's adamant that "bluegrass" is "country". Personally I think bluegrass is as much country as I think "Rock" is "Blues" - some rock is blues but definitely not all. Similar, some bluegrass is country - but not all, especially newer stuff.
    Good luck with those voice lessons. I'd buy the new F9.

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