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    It'd be easier to list what I haven't owned at one time or another. I've ended up with Heiden. Very satisfied.
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    Kentucky 162(sold)--> Mid-Mo M4 (keeper)--> Eastman 305(about to sell) --> Silverangel (keeper)

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    Kentucky 140.....sold
    Aria PM-780.....sold to by a better fiddle
    A-C bowlback.....sunken top but playable....gave to the oldest son to play around with
    Clifford-American mandolinetto...had it re-topped...fun to play
    Eastman 514.......Have had it for 11 years now
    Eastman Bowlback....my new favorite
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    My grandpa's old bowl-back beauty (stamped 'foreign' on the headstock), which I remember him playing when I was a kid. Now a wall-hanger.
    An all-hat, no cattle "Old Hickory" F that was given me by a nice friend.
    Breedlove Crossover O that really got me going ...
    Nice Loar 400 A that got me farther ...
    Beautiful Breedlove OF American that really hooked me.
    Collings MT, where I've really arrived.
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    I’m not afflicted with MAS...I bought an Eastman 315 in 2013 on a whim from a store going out of business then got my Northfield F5M in 2015 and I’m good....just lucky I guess

    I have played a ton of mandos in the entire price range and just keep coming back to my NF. Then again I play golf with a 10YO set of clubs while my golf buddies show up with the latest greatest...
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    Funny, I donít really have MAS but there might be a sister affliction that has to do with other instruments. Iím currently lusting after an Irish bouzouki and Iíve only been playing mandolin for 9 months. Also I just bought a fiddle. Diseased for sure
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    I don't know if I can do it in order. It's been more than 20 years.

    Aria Pro (traded)
    Washburn Jethro Burns (Sold)
    Harmony Batwing Electric (Sold)
    Silverangel (Still Have, and still the best mandolin I've owned.)
    Eastman 515 (traded.)
    Gibson A-3 pumpkin top (traded)
    Flatiron pancake mandola (sold. Which was DUMB.)
    Eastman DGM2, the Bacon model. (Traded.)
    Another Silverangel. (Traded.)
    Mandolute (Traded)
    OS Bowlback (Still Have. It's in the office.)
    Redline Traveler (sold.)
    Flatiron Performer (Traded)
    Northfield F5S (Traded.)
    Gibson A-4 (Sold.)
    Schofield A-5 (Still Have. Awesome, but likely will trade to try something new.)

    I didn't list guitars, balalaikas, etc. No wonder my wife sighs so much.

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    I had to laugh reading this thread. I bought someone’s “keeper” today at TME.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    I bought someoneís ďkeeperĒ today at TME.
    Yep. Was at a jam the other night and my first Pava was there. Sounded great. Couldn't believe I let it go.
    A 'keeper'

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    I had to laugh reading this thread. I bought someone’s “keeper” today at TME.
    What’d you buy???

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    I can't remember the exact order but:

    Fender laminate A style (gave to a friend)
    Tacoma M2E (gave to my son)
    Breedlove Quartz KF (stolen)
    Michael Kelly Dragonfly Flame (sold)
    Breedlove Quartz KF (sold)
    Big Muddy MM-8 (gave to my son)
    Malagoli 4 string electric (gave to my son)
    Epiphone Maondobird 4 (sold)
    Eastman MD505 (sold)
    Michael Kelly Legacy Elegante (sold)
    Kentucky KM750 (sold)
    Kentucky KM950 (sold)
    Kentucky KM1050 (sold)
    Eastman MD805D (Sold)
    JBovier A5X 2010 (Sold)
    JBovier A5X 2011 (Sold)
    Breedlove Crossover OO (sold)
    Collings MT custom (sold)
    Harmony guitar to Mandocello conversion (sold)
    Kentucky KM272
    JBovier A5T
    Collings MT2-O
    Franzke A5
    Morgan Monroe Mandocello
    Blueridge BR-40tce Octave Mandolin

    Check in with me next month and I'll see if I need to revise the list

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    What’d you buy???
    Wicked nice Girouard A5, that I passed on the first time it was there because I was trying to behave (I was there picking up a Collings Traditional OM). But I wasn't leaving it behind this time. LOL.

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    Wicked nice Girouard A5, that I passed on the first time it was there because I was trying to behave (I was there picking up a Collings Traditional OM). But I wasn't leaving it behind this time. LOL.

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    Congrats!

    Looks like a killer instrument; I've heard that tonally Girouard's have an Ellis vibe to them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Wicked nice Girouard A5, that I passed on the first time it was there because I was trying to behave (I was there picking up a Collings Traditional OM). But I wasn't leaving it behind this time. LOL.

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    Catch and Release:
    Vega Regent Bowl Back
    Michael Kelly Legacy O (Steve Sauve worked his wonders on this axe; I still regret the trade away)
    Brent Denny OM
    Jerman #11
    Washburn Jethro M6SW

    Keepers:
    "Luthier gift" scrap project thank-you gift from a friend that started it all
    Grandmom's 100 year-old, solid mahogany bent-top, stabilized by Lou Stiver
    Baglamas 02 "Sorry you missed it" gift by wife & son after their trip to Greece
    Rigel #1774 with upgrades making it a legacy level mandolin
    "Stealie" Jerman custom 5 string (prototype?)
    "Feivel" Paul Newson custom blonde scw

    General quiver:
    Epi IV
    The Loar 370
    Crafter M85E
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Eastman 515, Eastman El Ray, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
    Boards: Acoustic Electric
    Amps: Fishman Loudbox 100; Rivera Clubster Royale Recording Head; Laney Cub 10 & Cab, Peavey Studio Pro

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    Peering into the mists of long ago and my shrinking cerebellum...
    Flatiiron 1n sold
    Kentucky KM1000 nice mid eighties. Gave to my son
    teens pumpkin top A1 gave to a friend RIP
    Highish grade Martin bowlback stupidly sold
    Sweet Vega cylinder back sadly traded.
    Jones OM still have
    Fender electric 8 string modern sold
    65 Fender "mandocaster" sold
    Schwab 5 string koa electric still have, a beaut.
    Hums bowlback
    Givens A3 great mandolin, but sold to raise money for the
    Collings MF5V
    Mitch Lawyer
    Collings MF5V
    Schwab 5 string
    Jones OM
    Hums bowlback

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    1. no-name flat topped model with wood parquetry of a clown playing to the moon (pretty bad)
    2. Harmony/Monterey A model with f-holes (wish I knew about setup back then)
    3. Washburn A model with oval hole, shorter neck to body join like first gen. Gibsons
    4. Gerald Anderson F-5 style (my 1st good/better mandolin)
    5. Ratliff R5 (F-5 style)
    6. Weber Yellowstone
    7. KM-1000 Kentucky, black
    8. Gibson F5G
    9. Gibson A 1917 pumpkin top
    10. Flatiron A Performer
    11. Trinity octave mandolin
    12. Fullerton Gloucester F5
    13. Gibson A3 project
    14. Gibson A 1915 project
    15. Harmony Shutt style 2 point
    16. Glenn F5 style
    17. Gibson A9
    18. Fender 5 string electric mandolin
    19. Epiphone Firebird 8 string electric mandolin
    20. couple of Kentucky A models (can't remember model #s)
    21. Stradolin
    22. Chris Warner Gibson F5 copy
    23. National Steel 30's period faux wood grain mandolin
    24. Nagoya F5 style retopped to F4 style
    25. Collings black top MT
    26. Daley F5 std.
    27. Gibson A Sheraton Brown
    28. Flatiron mandola
    29. Kentucky KM-805
    30. Martin A Ė 20ís
    31. Collings MF5
    32. Poe F4
    33. Sovereign flat top mandolin
    34. Carlo Catalfamo F5
    35. Kentucky KM-1000
    36. Gibson Army Navy
    37. Stradolin
    38. Gold Tone 4 string electric
    39. Gibson Army Navy
    40. Collings MF blonde

    Current mandolins from above list: Gold Tone 4 string electric, Collings MF5, & Collings MF blonde
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    It looks like one photo got flipped making them left handed, lol!
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    No name pawn shop model (lost in a move)
    Kentucky 250 (sold)
    Loar LM-700

    Any suggestions where to go next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrneil2 View Post
    Any suggestions where to go next?
    From this crowd? LOL Hold on to your wallet. Even better, pass it over to a trusted partner! It might be wise to give a price range, or even better yet, a limit. IMO, the LM-700 is a great value spot. Do you really want to go up a noticeable difference? New or used? Ready to step out of the box and go mandola? Electric? Mando-banjo (GASP!)? ;-)

    So, getting back to specifics. If I had a spare $5k, I'd be looking for a Stiver, new or used.
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Eastman 515, Eastman El Ray, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
    Boards: Acoustic Electric
    Amps: Fishman Loudbox 100; Rivera Clubster Royale Recording Head; Laney Cub 10 & Cab, Peavey Studio Pro

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    Wow this is like a catholic confession but in public not private. This is not complete as it only goes back to about 2003.

    Weber Absaroka A-5 mandolin
    Liddy A-5 mandolin
    SilverAngel A-5 mandolin
    Jade F-5 mandolin
    Arches oval hole mandolin
    Collings MT mandolin
    Crump B-1 Irish Bouzouki
    Black A-4 mandolin
    Collings MT2-O mandolin
    Black A2-Z mandolin
    Ellis A-5 mandolin
    Collings MT honey amber mandolin
    Weber Hyalite mandolin (trade)
    Gray A-5 mandolin
    Black A-2 mandolin
    Collings MT mandolin (still have)
    Joe Foley Bouzouki
    Northfield Model M mandolin (still have)
    Tobin Irish Bouzouki (Still in U.K. - pick up in late May)
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    Nick,

    You got rid of an Ellis and a Jade!

    Holy Toledo!....What gives?....LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNick View Post
    Nick,

    You got rid of an Ellis and a Jade!

    Holy Toledo!....What gives?....LOL!
    Yes I did. I was hoping more from an Ellis. The Northfield Model M is very similar to the Jade and the Collings MT I now have is way better than the Ellis in terms of tone and above all projection. I must have got a good one because everyone remarks how good it is.
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    Well this is fun! I'm mostly one-in-one-out as I really want to spend more time actually playing them. But yes, my tastes and need to get the "right" sound have led me on a journey over the last 15 years. I don't know why this doesn't happen with other instruments. I bought a '97 Martin HD-28V in 2000 and have never even looked at another guitar. The "*" are ones I still have. I've played or heard live examples from almost all major builders and at this point the only thing that rang my bell more than what I now have is a currently unattainable 80's Gilchrist F5 (swoon). As well as I can remember this is the chronological play-by-play:

    Tacoma M3
    Weber Beartooth
    Weber Yellowstone F5
    Skip Kelley A5 (Carpathian)
    Eastman 815 (Mandovoodoo'd)
    Skip Kelley A5 (Adirondack)
    Collings MT
    Kentucky KM-1500
    *Kentucky KM-150 (loaned to a friend)
    Kimble A5
    Pava F5 Satin
    *Northfield A5 Special
    *Gibson F-5G (Harvey '15)
    current joys:
    Gibson F-5G | Northfield A5 Special | Kentucky KM-150 | Mid-Mo M-70 Octave | Martin HD-28V | Gold Tone BC-350 | 5-string Mandoblaster | Les Paul | Strat | Piano | Bongos | Tacoma Thunderchief | old Dobro | Some amps & microphones

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    I'm ashamed to say that after I declared my MAS cured, i got the itch for an old Gibson A 4, the red ones, and got one. Now I was done...............except a 1920 Gibson F 4 came available from a friend who gave me a nice deal, so............it's now here. Well, now I'm done........but wait, there is an old A 3, the white ones, that is now calling my neme. Anyone have any earplugs I can borrow?

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