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    New mandolin day, my new Girouard A Oval arrived yesterday morning. I have been too busy playing it to post or record anything, but here is a start. I opened the box to check on it when I got it, then actually worked a couple of hours before tuning it up and playing it. Actually put it down for the afternoon and continued to work. As I am doing contract programing work, I gotta work when its around. Today was more of the same, I only picked it up during lunch.

    It was a pleasure working with Max on this, it turned out great. I love the abalone Girouard script, the fret markers, and the rosette around the oval hole. The triple binding on the top looks great with it.

    I mucked with the action a bit, and it allowed me to settle into the mandolin more, and later in the evening I started getting the sound I wanted out of it. I think it is a little bit of the mandolin settling into the new environment, and a lot more of the player settling into the mandolin. The EVO frets feel good, and I am glad that I won't have to worry about tightening up as much. Still working on loosening the grip when I speed things up though, idk why I tense up at times.

    Now that it is evening, time to annoy my kids again and play all evening. Since I have been without a mandolin for almost a month, my callouses need to be whipped into shape!

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    Last edited by Gary Leonard; Jul-11-2019 at 5:38pm.
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    "I've got to admit it's getting better
    A little better all the time
    I have to admit it's getting better
    It's getting better since you've been mine "
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    Nice! Congrats, Gary. I'd like to get my hands on one of these some day.

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    Congrats, Gary. Max and Lauri do such beautiful work and get such great tone. Looking forward to hearing it.
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    Is it easier to play than your Collings MTO?

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    Congrats Gary, it's beautiful. 100% agree; Max is a delight to work with. Enjoy breaking in your new instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmanj24 View Post
    Is it easier to play than your Collings MTO?
    Loren, I wouldn't say it is any easier, just different. I will say the neck seems to fit well with my grip. I always felt with the collings my thumb was on a steep slope. It wasn't uncomfortable, but I completely changed my grip around the collings neck over the last few years. I think the reason the Girouard fits well is that it pretty close to the Collings in shape, but with a less pronounced V.
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    Looks great! Glad for you, Gary!

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    Congratulations! Enjoy!

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    Congratulations on the new oval she’s a beauty!!
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    Beautiful !! A Girouard oval is second to none ! Workmanship and sound !
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    Played many ovals at Gruhn's in Nashville from many builders and to my ears and eyes none compared to a Girouard ! Wonderful sound and eye candy for sure !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Gah, I totally missed this thread when it first came out because I was away back in Ireland - huge congratulations to you Gary, your Girouard is an absolute beauty! Hope you're enjoying it as much as I enjoy mine!
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    Oh lord she looks amazing! Hoping it turns into a long fulfilling relationship between you to.
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    I was lucky enough to find one locally and it is a dandy. Yours is a bit fancier but I am sure it sounds as good as the one I have so I know why you play it so much. Enjoy!

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