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    Yes. Amazing sound, tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Very cool—a non-sunburst A-4 snakehead. Original?
    Yes. 1925. I'm 2nd owner. Tone is amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I only own A models. I have had a few scrollish mandolins but they all left the roost.

    Here are my main ones: National RM-1, '23 Gibson A-2 snakehead, Brentrup A4C, '83 Flatiron A5-2.

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    Just curious what kind of music do you play on your RM1 Jim? and

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    1923 A was my first mandolin, which I bought when I first joined a bluegrass band in 1980. I couldn't find a decent and affordable f-hole mando at the time, but this one cuts through quite nicely. It is still my favorite. No splits, breaks, or repairs. Replaced tuners and a slight radius to fretboard. It's barely noticeable, but it's enough to increase the surface area for a noticeably more playable feel.

    The Kentucky KM-950 with K&K has a unique sound, and is very loud even without plugging in. It's no Griffith Loar, but a pretty good busking mando.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Foss View Post
    Just curious what kind of music do you play on your RM1 Jim? and
    I have played mostly old time fiddle tunes—it can compete with a full OT jam with fiddles, banjos, guitars and bass. It is nice for blues, of course, and ragtime. If i found myself in a full dixieland band it would be my first choice to compete with horns and drums.

    BTW add to my ist of A models a newly acquired Campanella A-5.

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    Beautiful - and that's some sleek armrest you have there, too, Jim.

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    I believe that the armrest was also made by Joe. It is my only mandolin with an armrest and it is very comfortable.
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    That is one beautiful mandolin, for sure, but I would be just as happy to have a standard A of Mike's. Don't really need the pearl border and other upgrades which don''t really affect the tone. Here are some pics for when the ad goes away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I have played mostly old time fiddle tunes—it can compete with a full OT jam with fiddles, banjos, guitars and bass. It is nice for blues, of course, and ragtime. If i found myself in a full dixieland band it would be my first choice to compete with horns and drums.

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    Whew, I hope Demetrius doesn't see this....

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    Whew, I hope Demetrius doesn't see this....
    I think he had his chance... you snooze, you lose—not to be too crass about it.
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    Jim Garber: You are right - "That is one beautiful mandolin, for sure, but I would be just as happy..."; however it was what was available and it is about every thing I'll ever need (with exceptions for possible future MAS attacks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I have played mostly old time fiddle tunes—it can compete with a full OT jam with fiddles, banjos, guitars and bass. It is nice for blues, of course, and ragtime. If i found myself in a full dixieland band it would be my first choice to compete with horns and drums.

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    Jim, I know a Dixieland band in Connecticut that could use a mandolin player. Should I pass your name along to them?
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    I know it’s not quite on the same level, but I love my Beavertail. It has a warm, rich tone, is easy to play, and I love how it looks, with great build quality and it’s simple, pancake lines. It’s the least expensive mandolin I’ve owned, but easily my favorite.

    https://www.folkwaymusic.com/new-ins...-mandolin-0517

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    Jim Garber: You are right - "That is one beautiful mandolin, for sure, but I would be just as happy..."; however it was what was available and it is about every thing I'll ever need (with exceptions for possible future MAS attacks).
    You are correct and I know these are few and far between. I do wonder what the fancy abalone etc adds to the price. I looked in the archives and a standard A-5 goes for about $13K. I think Nuggets must have hit the ceiling for A models. I would guess this Deluxe would be at least $15k.
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    My biggest raise came when my youngest graduated from college and the mortgage was paid off! I had permission from a mandolin facilitator... and sold a few instruments to make room for the Nugget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    My biggest raise came when my youngest graduated from college and the mortgage was paid off! I had permission from a mandolin facilitator... and sold a few instruments to make room for the Nugget.
    Wait, are you saying that you own that Nugget A-5 Deluxe that you posted the link to? Your post said, "I'll fess up with my favorite". You didn't say outright it was yours. Congratulations, if that is the case.
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    That's wonderful work you do/did with the NED band, John. Is the movie still viewable somewhere?

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    Paul: The documentary is available for purchase thru Vimeo, and other platforms, and I think is in NetFlick's vaults as a documentary. Several PBS stations are still airing the movie - check your local listings. Because of some life changes, I had to quit the band's regular schedule, but get to play with them for a bit this spring.

    Jim: Yes, that Nugget somehow fell into my lap. My kids may fight over it when I'm gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    Jim: Yes, that Nugget somehow fell into my lap. My kids may fight over it when I'm gone.
    Believe me I was not dissing that instrument at all. Nuggets are amazing instruments whatever you have. They all have the sound and the workmanship and other cosmetic stuff is the gravy that makes it all delicious.
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    Here's four of my five old Gibson A's (the fifth is in the shop at the moment)...

    Left to right: 1913 A1, 1909 A, 1920 A, 1921 A (at least that's what I think they all are, pending any corrected information), AKA Lion, Black Beastie, The Feral Cat and Coyote. All but Lion are on my Bach Suites for Mandolin CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    Whew, I hope Demetrius doesn't see this....
    Oh believe me I saw it. I had a deal going with the seller and then all of a sudden he got a trade offer for an old Gibson guitar so I got shoved aside. ��
    It is what it is. Lol
    Jim may be into something. I snoozed, and didn’t move fast enough to seal the deal. Just means it wasn’t meant to be at that time. I made an offer but the seller preferred a trade for an old guitar which is exactly what he got. Can’t blame the guy...
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