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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    From mandolin74 - "..So a good 8 months of work and a total of 19 instruments.." That's just over 2 weeks per instrument - that's a truly monumental amount of work,especially if you consider the quality of workmanship. If it was me,it would be 1/8 of an instrument in 19 months & that would be even IF i had the skill,
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    I didn't think of it like that but yes that is a monumental amount of work. He is incredibly driven and is so passionate about his work. I got to pick with him and Dan Voight and Jonathan McClanahan last night. Dan and Jonathan are both amazing builders as well. Keep a sharp eye out for these two as they are putting out some great mandolins. Steve has set the bar very high and it was a pure joy having these guys together. Mandolins make this a better world.

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    I'm loving the natural finish A-model - pretty pretty! I would never need that quality of instrument, but eye-candy is always appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolin74 View Post
    I checked out all the new Gilchrist's in person yesterday evening. They are all very powerful with their own voice. There were a few I did not touch as requested by owner's. Steve Gilchrist is brilliant and we had a great time testing them and comparing. I believe the new owners will be extremely happy.
    So cool! What did you think of the natural finish oval-hole A (Model 1)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosemary Philips View Post
    So cool! What did you think of the natural finish oval-hole A (Model 1)?
    I actually don't remember playing that one. I played the blacktop oval hole which sounded nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosemary Philips View Post
    So cool! What did you think of the natural finish oval-hole A (Model 1)?
    Hi,
    Those are referred to as Model One Juniors.

    When Steve completed the original batch of 16 Model 1 Juniors in 2009, they were all very consistent. They have great mid-and-upper tone with a nice clear bottom end, bold, but not tubby like on the original Gibson A models. I think they're much better actually. There are a few Cafe links available from that time period that detail their sound quality, just google Gilchrist Model 1 Junior and they should pop up for you.
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    Relaxing at home for Thanksgiving after a long week of travel!
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    Congrats!

    Let me know when you need a house sitter or a long-time house guest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Congrats!

    Let me know when you need a house sitter or a long-time house guest.
    Thank you Don. OMG, it's an X-braced monster!
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    I bet it is. Enjoy!!!
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    Mtucker - You are the proud owner of one of the most stunning mandolins i've seen to date !. The colour,the fingerboard inlay (lack of !) - everything is simply awesome - WOW !!!!!!!,
    Enjoy the dickens out of it - Ivan
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    Stupendous. Do I count 19 accessible frets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    Mtucker - You are the proud owner of one of the most stunning mandolins i've seen to date !. The colour,the fingerboard inlay (lack of !) - everything is simply awesome -
    Thanks for your kind words Ivan. I asked Steve for a lightly shaded (Cremona) burst. I think he knocked it out of the park, the color really kicks it up a notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    Stupendous. Do I count 19 accessible frets?
    Thanks Alan. Yes, 19 frets. I debated on the scooped Florida but since we deleted the dots, thought it would finish it up nicely kinda like his classic model.

    Can't believe how mature it sounds right out of the box. Great mid's and high's, and big punchy lows.

    This is my 4th from Steve and I believe his mandolins keep getting better and better... subtle fit and finish improvements (if that's possible for a handmade instrument built by one man) and refined sound. He's really at the top of his game now.
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    From mtucker - "...the color really kicks it up a notch.". That colour deserves a name all of it's own - i certainly haven't seen anything like it before. The whole instrument simply oozes 'class'. It's the most beautiful Gilchrist i've ever seen. I really can't think of anything else to say,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    From mtucker - "...the color really kicks it up a notch.". That colour deserves a name all of it's own
    Thanks! In more faint light the center mellows a bit and it looks like a chocolate caramel candy bar! It will never look better than now, so I've been getting my shots in!

    It's got small evo frets (.053") and a flat board so just the way i like it. I prefer the very narrow early Gibson wire (.040") but the nickel doesn't last like this stuff, and I'm not a luthier!
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    Special shout out to the Carter's! Great people and great service! I really like these new Calton cases btw.
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    Come on, just one tiny soundclip? Pleaseeeee

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    Congrats Bro!

    Have we ever met @ any of the SoCal BG festivals?

    I'm in North County San Diego and would love to get together for some Mando tasting...
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    From DataNick - " I'm in North County San Diego and would love to get together for some Mando tasting... ". Nick - I'll be there before you - ''Get In Line Brother" !!,
    Ivan

    PS - If you have a look at Steve Gilchrist's website,you'll be able to read the specs. on all the instruments in this latest consignment, & terrific pics.to go along with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNick View Post
    Congrats Bro!

    Have we ever met @ any of the SoCal BG festivals?

    I'm in North County San Diego and would love to get together for some Mando tasting...
    Thanks for the congrats Man. I don't think we've ever met.


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    Your moniker is kinda curious though, i may have to DQ 'ya in favor of Ivan in a tasting contest
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    No contest implied, just tasting, and I will say that in my experience, Gil's have not been subject to my moniker...lol
    Are you going to the Great 48?
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    Thanks for the heads up, I had to look up the Great 48...shows you how in touch I am.

    It's January and unlikely that would take precedence over my annual trek to Colorado. I usually spend 2-3 weeks every January wrecking myself on the slopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtucker View Post
    Thanks! In more faint light the center mellows a bit and it looks like a chocolate caramel candy bar! It will never look better than now, so I've been getting my shots in!

    It's got small evo frets (.053") and a flat board so just the way i like it. I prefer the very narrow early Gibson wire (.040") but the nickel doesn't last like this stuff, and I'm not a luthier!
    Congratulations on the new mando. I really liked the sound of this one. The more I look at the color the more I like it.

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    Thanks Marc, a little playing time this weekend and it's cooperating nicely although still 'lil cranky
    loving the x brace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtucker View Post
    Hi,
    Those are referred to as Model One Juniors.

    When Steve completed the original batch of 16 Model 1 Juniors in 2009, they were all very consistent. They have great mid-and-upper tone with a nice clear bottom end, bold, but not tubby like on the original Gibson A models. I think they're much better actually. There are a few Cafe links available from that time period that detail their sound quality, just google Gilchrist Model 1 Junior and they should pop up for you.
    I completely agree about the Model 1's from this era! I acquired one from the original 2009 batch this year and it is a spectacular instrument. Hope you enjoy your new Gil!!

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