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    Default Dubova Mandolins

    Anyone seen and/or played by this Virginia maker? Any opinions about sound or general workmanship would be appreciated.

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    My Florida is scooped pheffernan's Avatar
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    Default Re: Dubova Mandolins

    You might try a search of the archives using "Dubova" as a keyword:
    1924 Gibson A Snakehead
    2005 National RM-1
    2007 Hester A5
    2009 Passernig A5
    2015 Black A2-z
    2010 Black GBOM
    2017 Poe Scout
    2011 Passernig F5

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    Default Re: Dubova Mandolins

    The Cafe search function doesn't hold as a link, here is every mention of the name on the Cafe.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Dubova Mandolins

    I drove from East Tennessee to Nashville to look at Dubova #40 at Carter Vintage, where the mandolin was on sale. The workmanship was decent, the maker showing some promise. I liked the general shaping of the instrument, particularly the shaping of the top and back, and the recurves. But it was obvious that the top was too thick, and the bracing positively massive. It was obvious that somebody knew absolutely nothing about bridge fitting, as the bridge had a flat top for a radiused fretboard. The bottom of the bridge was not fit to the bridge curves at all. Perhaps the bridge was not original to the mandolin at all. I don't know.

    The sound of the mandolin turned out to be small, stiff, and choked.

    I was hoping for better.

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