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    Im thinking seriously about buying one tell me about yours, yes I know its all about individuality and taste/tone but ...Post em Please.
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    Weber Gallatin in Fern Burst - a lot of great sound for not a lot of money.
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    I’ve got two!

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    The first is my Hester A5, built by Gail as a tribute to the Mrs. Griffith Loar (#74003). It features red spruce over red maple with a varnish finish that combine to produce a Loarish tone with basically unlimited headroom. You can lay into it with a heavy hand, and it just keeps giving more and more without ever breaking up on you.

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    The second is my Passernig A5, designed by Stefan with a more modern silhouette, like an F5 without the points and scroll. It too has a red spruce top and red maple back with a varnish finish, but here those same ingredients yield a darker tonality and more dynamics. It has volume if you reach for it, but it is unusually responsive to a light touch with note clarity and definition.
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    I have four A style mandolins, but this one is my favorite. It's a 2017 Ken Ratcliff Silverangel with a redwood top.
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    I stole these pics off of an old thread about this one. I don't own this A-style but I certainly would love to. If it sounds anywhere near as good as it looks … well... Kudos to the lucky picker that ended up with this one.

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    I've had the A3 for over 35 years. It's one of my favorites. ('30 L-1 is one of my favorite guitars too!)

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    I just love the Flatiron 1N! Likely always will too!

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    My redwood and walnut Cohen. He's a buddy, makes good mandolins and I got one!

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    I have only played one and it is the one I own so I would have to say it is my favorite.
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    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    My Rigel A ( a recent find) is my current favorite A model.
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    My Girouard Concert model oval A - Port Orford Cedar top, maple back and sides. Best mandolin and best A style mandolin I've ever owned, and I've had quite a few (Weber Aspen II, Pomeroy A2, Weber Vintage A, Eastman 905, Mike Black A2Z, Hilburn A5, Gibson A-Jr, Collings MTO).


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    Picked up this Girouard used recently. It also has a cedar top.
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    Collings MT with torrefied Sitka top. One of the best mandolins I've had my hands on, does everything very well. Love the look, the easy playability, and the deep tone. Very light in weight.

    Collings really did some neat things on this lower cost model-kept the back/sides satin, glossed the top and the headstock veneer, and did a very pretty thin double white/tortise binding/purfling mix. I think the burst is more a Cremona tone vs the standard MT. Its a real sweet package overall.

    I removed the last few frets that I never use, and scooped the fretboard. I play over that area and really like the tone it gives. I have really low action so this gives my pick open range without hitting the board. in time, I intend to inlay something in the scooped area, just haven't decided what, yet.

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    No photo at the moment - just this quick 30-second video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeBMkN5YcC8

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    Thanks for the pics folks, Im getting some good ideas looking at these beautiful "A"s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron View Post
    Thanks for the pics folks, Im getting some good ideas looking at these beautiful "A"s.
    Oh i love a good mas fund post. I hope you share the process once you get going! Can't wait to see some pics!
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    I really wanted this one. The look and the sound are exactly what I want. It's an MT2 I think although the video says it's an MT. No funds, so no mando but I'll always remember this one.
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    My Duff A5. Very powerful and versatile instrument. Loud and woody......yep!

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    1920 A model. My first good mandolin and still my favorite.
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    Silverangel Fan here... I love my SA Econo A (#429). I custom ordered it with a W. Red Cedar top over a one piece Maple back. The "sunburst" is Ken's old violin finish topped with a satin oil varnish. It has loads I've deep dark warm tone and volume.

    I also love my Jacobson Nautilus Oval Hole prototype, but I don't have any decent photos of it. I recently put D'Addario Flatwounds on it and have really been enjoying it a lot. I'll try to snap some photos when I get a chance.
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    I am really enjoying the great tone of this MT with the Gloss Top and wide nut. Yes, that is a McClung Armrest on there, too.
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    Givens mandolin from the 1970's. Not a pretty mandolin but a very dry, cutting tone.

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    Kirk, To the contrary-- that Givens is to be admired for its warm brown stain and great trim. A looker, in my estimation! I would certainly love to hear her played or play her myself.

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    I bought this from a cafe member and I couldn't be happier. It is an Afanti A5 (model# PMD-717).
    I love the tortoise binding against the amber finish. It plays great and has a great full sound!
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