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    It's very simple...Ms. Griffith's A5 Loar! Not for the monetary value; sound, feel and mystique!
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    I already have it, my Randy Wood F 5.

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    Default Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    Anything that Bill Halsey would like to build for me!
    Sadly, he’s said he’s retired from the industry. I’ve been really lucky to have had the opportunity to play several and they have been a real joy!
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    The Griffith Loar A5 made a visit to a local Portland Oregon builder's shop recently. A truly fascinating and coveted mandolin. Good pick Rush.

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    A large body Sobell with Cedar over Rosewood.
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    I guess nobody wants "Crusher"....so David...if yer listening....I'm here for you buddy...
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    I would get back the Flatirion A5 Artist that I won in the Frets Magazine giveaway in 1985. I foolishly traded it to Greg Boyd in 2003, and have regretted it ever since. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandotool View Post
    I guess nobody wants "Crusher"....so David...if yer listening....I'm here for you buddy...
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    If Crusher is on the list of availables, I'll stand in that line. Best instrument (of any fiddle, guitar, mandolin, etc) I've ever played.

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    "If you could have any mandolin in the world which one would it be?"

    C'mon.

    Jes' about everyone here would choose that one...!

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    Never played Crusher but yeah man, and that the Griffith A-5 Loar? Everyone has had some great responses to this one!

    Ok I may take my Uncle's first known batch # Feb 18th 24 Loar, I know this doesn't show it shine but when harmony is like this who cares!? I've spent countless hours with this Loar!



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    Since no one has claimed Reischman's Loar, I'll take that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    It was at Carter's for a while last year. When I saw it and played it, I was waiting on a ride to the airport and didn't have a chance to talk to Walter about it. By the time I got him on the phone, it had sold over the weekend. Apparently it swapped hands once more in between, and then it popped up on a Facebook post and it finally came to me!
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    I already have them ( not just one ) a Girouard and an Ellis !
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    A friend of mine had a 1927 F5 was as good as it gets. Truly fabulous mandolin.

    A 1917 F4 just when they started to do sunburst instead of plain shaded top is the most beautiful mandolin so hard to choose between F4 and F5. I also love my Northfield Big Mon which has it all.

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    I only lust after the ones I've played, and only in my heart. There are an A and an F Sullivan in friends' possession. Big lust for each. Played a couple that are beyond reach, so I just smile knowing how well they played and sounded.
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    I just snagged this

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    I could be quite happy where my collection is right now, without spending another dime.
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    Boy O Boy, I love those Campanella Mandolins-they have the look and sound, I've yet to play one but yeah man that's on my list! Very NICE! Love it-the looks are spectacular!

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    Default Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    Surprised it went to the second page before either of these were mentioned, but Id go for the Griffith A-5 or Reischmans Loar too.

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    Well my 24 Loar F-5 has a mismatched top and back! So I'm set but dream mandolins are free thinking! I know there has to be another Loar A-5 out there somewhere? Its baking and freezing in someone's attic! Look at that prototype Lil" Pup A-5 style that Dawg used-may own?

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    Already have my dream mandolin - my Girouard Concert model A:

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    If I suddenly became independently wealthy, I would add a 1920s or 1930s Gibson A, an approximately 1900 Italian made bowlback, or an Ellis A5, just because I could. I truly don't need to add any mandolins though. I am very happy with what I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Since no one has claimed Reischman's Loar, I'll take that one.
    Have a suspicion it's not the Loar.

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    A Seiffert bowl back made by Seiffert, not his apprentices.
    A Pierre Lajugee.

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    I was thinking along the lines of MontanaMatt's list (post #24), however this being wishful thinking, I do love the sound of both John Reishman's Loar and Tim O'Brien's Nugget. However I do recognize that the tone that both of this artists pull out of their respective instruments is directly related to their outstanding talent. I've heard some refer to the "Reishman tone" when referencing him playing either his Loar or his Kimble. I typically prefer A's so I'd more likely take the Nugget.

    More realistically though, I would LOVE to own an Oldwave or Pava A. I played both at Carter's last fall and would probably have walked out with one if I had the money! And I've always LOVED the violin look of Campanella's instruments but have never played one.

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    to my ear the best mandolin i ever played was a two point body, with very fancy appointements, oval sound hole mandolin by oliver apitius. it was at the 12th frett in toronto, and had such a unique tone, with sweetness, rich complexity, balance and punchiness. i didn't have the money at the time. it was only $5000 canadian. i was so broke at the time, but it was a memorable mandolin. a beauty as well . the two pints had elegant gold knobs at the ends and the head stock was very fancy. beautiful cherry sunburst finish.

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