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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Nothing more enjoyable than discussing how to spend someone else's money --

    except, perhaps, spending your own money (assuming you have some) on a new mandolin.
    How about others discussing on how to spend their money to buy you a new mandolin? We did want to keep it a surprise, but now you ruined it.
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    San Francisco is a great music town, but it's not the mando Mecca. if I had that kind of cash to flash, I'd fly to Nashville and see what's on the racks at Gruhn's and Carter's.

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    buy 2 or 3 ....who wants to eat chocolate ice cream every day ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    San Francisco is a great music town, but it's not the mando Mecca. if I had that kind of cash to flash, I'd fly to Nashville and see what's on the racks at Gruhn's and Carter's.
    What about Gryphon Strings, at east while waiting to fly to Nashville? They seem to have a decent selection on their mandolin page.
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    Gryphon always has a good selection of Collings, and tries to keep an F5S and a big Mon in stock, as well as a bunch of Eastmans, whatever else is spotty, whatever used stuff walks in. Don't get me wrong, glad they have what they have. Sylvan in Santa Cruz has a few Webers and one or two Pavas, Girouards, and one Ellis A.

    If I were to spend 6k on a mandolin, I'd buy used, and if I were selling one, I wouldn't take the hit selling to a dealer. In an economic environment where there are many well healed folks, top dollar is charged in the Bay Area. I might just hop a flight to Phoenix and go to TMS. But alas, pure speculation, not that I haven't entertained the thought of selling three or four guitars, three or four tube audio amplifiers and a turntable or two to raise a Mando war chest.

    If I were 500 miles from Austin I'd go there, 500 from Elderly, I'd go there, 500 miles from NYC, go there, otherwise, Nashville here we come.
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    Modern: Ellis A5
    Traditional: Duff A5

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    good choices, but check out apitius if you can find one near you

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    How about Aussies? Gilchrist has a rich full sound (by reputation) similar to what you described.

    I have never held or personally seen one though.
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    I've noticed new Ellis A models are hitting new price point, but you could readily find a used one for your budget. Have a look at Passernig if you can find one, they are excellent as well. Duff A models are traditional power houses. It's been a couple of years since I've seen a Heiden at that price, but they may be out there. Lawrence Smart A would be a great instrument to try as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    Have a look at Passernig if you can find one, they are excellent as well.
    You can find one:

    http://www.fiddlersgreenmusicshop.co...assernig-a5-92

    Please find one so that I don’t find another one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jollyflutemaker View Post
    Thanks to everyone for their expertise. To clarify further, I am unable to travel so I'll have to roll the dice. Your opinions are priceless - thank you. Very curious that no one mentions Weber. I had the impression that this was a fairly good brand - whatever you think about or perhaps despite the TOH controversy. Any thoughts?
    I was going to suggest a Pava or a Weber Bitterroot. I think the Pava is louder (at least mine is,) but my Weber Bitterroot is an oval hole, which cuts down the volume IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Gryphon always has a good selection of Collings, and tries to keep an F5S and a big Mon in stock, as well as a bunch of Eastmans, whatever else is spotty, whatever used stuff walks in. Don't get me wrong, glad they have what they have. Sylvan in Santa Cruz has a few Webers and one or two Pavas, Girouards, and one Ellis A.

    If I were to spend 6k on a mandolin, I'd buy used, and if I were selling one, I wouldn't take the hit selling to a dealer. In an economic environment where there are many well healed folks, top dollar is charged in the Bay Area. I might just hop a flight to Phoenix and go to TMS. But alas, pure speculation, not that I haven't entertained the thought of selling three or four guitars, three or four tube audio amplifiers and a turntable or two to raise a Mando war chest.

    If I were 500 miles from Austin I'd go there, 500 from Elderly, I'd go there, 500 miles from NYC, go there, otherwise, Nashville here we come.
    Gryphon Strings is great. Big fan of Steve and his team. If you go there - tell him I said Matt Bruno says hello

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    It depends on what sound you’re going for. But my recommendations would be these in no particular order.

    For a custom made mandolin:
    1. Tyler White, of White mandolins. Pinehouse guitars is the company. His mandos start at $4850 for a varnish instrument.
    2. Skip Kelley, kelley mandolins his price starts at $5000
    3. Ratliff Mandolins also Around the $5000 mark.
    4. Jerry Rosa, Rosa String works price starts at $6000
    (These makers are my preferred. And I hope to have a mando from all of them at some point. They have all treated me very nicely.)
    This is just my 2 cents ultimately you must play as many as possible and decided for your self I wouldn’t rule out a Kentucky KM-1500 or a Northfield artist these have been recommended to me and I liked both very much. There’s some great stuff coming out of asia at this time. And there’s an endless amount of great builders out there it’s a great time to be alive for a mandolin player. My budget was also $6000, it was a hard search played around 100 instruments before I decided on mine which I should have in about 2 weeks. I started a similar thread as well. Be assured these guys know there stuff and can help you make a great decision. Are there any mando brands you’re leaning towards? It seems there always is
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurth83 View Post
    How about Aussies? Gilchrist has a rich full sound (by reputation) similar to what you described.

    I have never held or personally seen one though.
    Gilchrist mandolins average around 19 K or so, a bit over the OP's price point.
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    Kimble makes a fine A5 or two point in that range. Music Emporium has a couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AHoyle View Post
    It depends on what sound you’re going for. But my recommendations would be these in no particular order.

    For a custom made mandolin:
    1. Tyler White, of White mandolins. Pinehouse guitars is the company. His mandos start at $4850 for a varnish instrument.
    2. Skip Kelley, kelley mandolins his price starts at $5000
    3. Ratliff Mandolins also Around the $5000 mark.
    4. Jerry Rosa, Rosa String works price starts at $6000
    To clarify: I believe those prices above are for F-models. The OP with a $6000 budget is willing also to look at A models as well.
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    Correct they are prices for F models as that’s all I’m interested in. That’s why I asked what brands he may have already been interested in cause if the op wrote off Collings and Gibson and anything Asian, then they must have another preference of brand already. Those are my outside the box mando brands all of which also make A styles. I just don’t have those prices. If an A Style was what I wanted with a traditional sound I’d go Ellis especially if I couldn’t travel.
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    This just landed in the classifieds.......

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/135569#135569

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    Good evening friends!
    Thank you all immensely for your very excellent suggestions and comments. People on this site are truly good folks!
    Here's what I did. I bought my Mom a refrigerator for Valentine's Day. Mandolins come and go, parents are forever. New budget is $5000.00 - still significant. Found a 2015 "New" unplayed Weber Distressed Diamondback from a trusted and most excellent seller. Had the coveted Bruce Weber signature, came with 2 Lakota straps and 3 sets of J74's as well as some picks and free shipping. Oh, also has Weber dampers and humidifier. Showroom condition, zero structural issues. Set up and ready to play. I will attempt to post a pic - probably will fail miserably. Anyone know how to transfer a pic in my inbox to this site? Anyway, I feel like you're all my friends and want to say again, thank you very much.
    Warmest regards and great picking.
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    Congratulations on your new Diamond Back! Looking forward to some pics........

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...d+photo+thread
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    I hope you enjoy it! I enjoy my Weber Bitterroot!

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    Yep, failed miserably. Dumb as a turd when it comes to computers. Will once again require the impeccable assistance of my computer savy neighbor. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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    Thank you. I'm sure I will. (replying to Lady Solo)

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    Great suggestions above. If you’re not worried about resale, consider a well established luthier who’s not yet commanding top tier prices, such a Skip Kelley, Ken Ratcliff, or maybe a Pomeroy. Their F styles are all in your budget. My Kelley A5 was less than half of your budget, but holds its own with the big boys. And, I get your tone preference, as I once kept my Silverangel econono over an MT because of its more traditional tone.

    Regarding Weber, I own a Yellowstone mandocello that’s an exceptionally built and awesome sounding instrument. I would not throw them out because of the TOH thang (unless maybe I was a personal friend of Bruce’s, which some members are, and I get that). They’re really putting out some nice stuff.

    Since you can’t travel, email Dennis at TMS, tell him your preferences, and work out a time that you can call and have him play a few in your range, ranging from top of the line Kentucky up to the 6K point, in a blind test format. Then pick the one you like best and run with it!!
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    I would assume that is resembles the one on this page with added option of distressing.
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