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    Does anybody have a contact number for Red Diamond (Don MacRostie). Am looking to date a Red Diamond, #74. I am guessing around 1995 based on other serial numbers I have seen with dates. But I would like to know more betterly.

    I tried calling the number on the RD web site Contact page but it is not in service.
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    OK, I missed the part about the number not being in service. Did you try his e-mail address on that same page.
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    Didn't try the email, but will do one tonight. My luck in getting responses by way of email via a website's contact form is pretty dismal, even when dealing with small businesses. I imagine it is not fun for the proprietor to sift through all the junk that gets sent via those contact forms.
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    I bought RD #100 new in 1997 or 1998--that'll give you some sense of its age. I'd guess 1994 to 1996 figuring he might have built 10 to 12 a year.
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    It must have been the early 90s when I walked into Gryphon and two guys were tearing the place up on two Red Diamonds, an A and an F. My first impression was that the musicians were so outstanding they were making the mandolins sound good. As I continued listening, it became apparent the outstanding musicians were playing outstanding mandolins. I also recall the price was higher than I could ever imagin. Probably could triple your money if you'd bought them back then.

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    I know there are more Red Diamond owners among us. If you all would just mention a serial number and year, we could begin a list.

    I have no response to my email query to Don. I did see a Go Fund Me page for him from a couple of years ago, but it was not really clear that it was actually for him. But it raises the question, "Is he still an active luthier?" I don't do Facebook; I think he has a Facebook page. Is it still active?
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    Contact Alvin at Morgan Music. They handle all of Don's mandolins and yes he is still building and they are better than ever.

    There's a list of owners on the Red Diamond website, but only serial numbers, no dates.
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    FWIW, the phone number and email address on the Red Diamond website match the contact info on an email I received from Don in January of this year. I saw Don at IBMA this year, and he is indeed still building.
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    Didin't Fretboard Journal do a recent article on Don? I guess that might have been back farther than I remember.
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    Yep, Fretboard Journal sure did publish an article on Don. Not sure how recent, though. He's one of the most sincere and nicest guys you'll ever cross paths with. I own (and not releasing) RD 259 roasted July 9 voicing and dated October 1, 2014. It's the best mandolin I've ever played.

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