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Thread: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

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    Default Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    Hey everyone,

    I'm a longtime lurker here on the cafe. I've bought and sold a few things in the classified section but now I've finally gotten up the gumption to post here on the forum. Baby steps!

    Recently I've been trying to get a couple of good cases while trying to avoid the big-$ names. The options are pretty wide for an F-5 but my F-4 has the traditional shorter neck so it's more of a search to get a case to fit.

    After trying quite a few I've come down to the Ameritage ones and now finally my two mandolins have homes - the contoured case for the F-5 and the rectangular one for the F-4. I would have been happy with two of the contoured cases but the F-4 doesn't fit in there since the neck support in that case is too long. Either F-4 or F-5 fits in the rectangular case though since that has a much shorter neck support.

    These Ameritage cases seem very good - the best of the traditional wooden construction I've seen so far with high quality construction and hardware, good suspension and padding, arching, etc. A downside is they're quite heavy. 10 lbs for the contoured one with the F-5 in it and 15 lbs (!) for the rectangular one with the F-4 in it. I don't carry them around much so it's not too big of a problem - but of course if you do carry them around a lot they are heavy so that could be a downer.

    Anyway, I don't have any financial interest in the company, just a happy customer and glad their cases have worked out for my F-4 and F-5 mandolins. I'll attach a few photos so you can see some of the details.

    Enjoy!

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    Last edited by Aaron Bohnen; May-25-2019 at 7:40pm.

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    Default Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    My Girouard mandola came in one of those cases. I'm very impressed with it--no worries about the mandola being protected.

    BTW, beautiful pair of Gavin Baird mandolins there. Exceptional mandolins.
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    Default Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    BTW, beautiful pair of Gavin Baird mandolins there. Exceptional mandolins.
    Oh yeah, Gavin is the man. I hope he's doing well! Lovely instruments you got there.

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    Default Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    With the two different cases, you will never take the wrong mandolin with you. Big plus factor. That rectangle case does give you a lot of storage.
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    Default Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    Thanks you guys. And yes for sure on the storage in the rectangle case - there's a ton of room in there. I'm happy with the cases and I think they're good value at $270 for either style. Particularly considering what it takes to get appreciably better (at least for my uses) and being mindful of the difficulty of fitting the shorter neck of a traditional-style F-4 in some of the alternatives.

    Thanks too for the nice comments on Gavin Baird's work. Indeed both mandolins are just fantastic. Like many people here I've had quite a few along the way including several A bodies, some vintage Gibson As, several modern and vintage F-4s and several F-5s including Flatiron, Gibson and others. Gavin's are in a different league than the others I've owned.

    I don't know of many other Gavin Baird mandolins on the cafe here - I guess his total output was low, maybe just 60 or so instruments. I've seen one or two of his F-4s on here over the last couple years but no F-5s. Anybody else have one?

    Enjoy!

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    Last edited by Aaron Bohnen; May-26-2019 at 11:45pm.

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