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    https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...olin-mf5-55391

    I'm soon to be in need of more strings, so a Gryphon visit is in order. Can't go in there with this hanging on the wall. Please help me out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
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    I'm soon to be in need of more strings, so a Gryphon visit is in order. Can't go in there with this hanging on the wall. Please help me out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
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    I'm soon to be in need of more strings, so a Gryphon visit is in order. Can't go in there with this hanging on the wall. Please help me out.
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    I wish we could help you out! Honey Amber Collings MF mandolins have been calling out to me lately!
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    Oh dear, I really shouldn't have looked at that. It's really lovely.
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    I've taken the pledge. I passed on something really neat last month, which somebody else eventually bought.
    You can do it.
    If I can do it, you can do it.
    Bring only cash and your driver's license when you buy your strings. If you see the mandolin, play a Jedi mind trick on yourself and decide that you really don't like the color.

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    Or I could just play the Ellis, recoil in horror at the price, and rationalize how reasonable the Collings is. I can see me now, honey, I did the responsible thing, put the Ellis I really wanted away and bought the much cheaper Collings instead. I'll take you to Paris with all the money I saved.
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    Okay - I'll take it . . . can somebody loan me $6,940.00?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Okay - I'll take it . . . can somebody loan me $6,940.00?
    Hey, you're wanting an f-hole mandolin, so this would take care of that.
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    It's lovely, and would make a nice match with my honey-amber A-style Collings, but since I am an A-style person, I can't really help you out. You'll just have to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...olin-mf5-55391

    I'm soon to be in need of more strings, so a Gryphon visit is in order. Can't go in there with this hanging on the wall. Please help me out.
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    I've been married to the same lovely lady for 36 years and I know what fate would await me if that showed up in our house. Order your strings on-line my friend. Though it is a beauty, huh?

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    But you see, I have to support my local brick and mortar. My strategy has been to buy fifty bucks worth of strings at a time, which is about a four to six month supply. I really can walk out with just strings. That mandolin floats my boat in so many ways. I'm not a fan of the typical sunburst, I love one piece backs, and quilt or birdseye. So it has a bunch of what I'd like in a mandolin, plus it's taken me two years for the signature Collings tone to grow on me. Two to three visits to Gryphon a year is reasonably safe.

    But if I were to be tempted, that mandolin would do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    But you see, I have to support my local brick and mortar.
    You mean, "I have to support my local Br1ck and m0rt@r."
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    ''I'm soon to be in need of more strings, so a Gryphon visit is in order. Can't go in there with this hanging on the wall. Please help me out.''

    tell me the gauge ...I'll send you some strings . you're welcome

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    Such a beauty! There's only 2 things that I don't like about this mandolin: the price and the pick guard. Assuming I could justify the $, just how is that pick guard attached? looks like it is floating at the bridge and possibly glued to the neck? can it it be cleanly removed? I just may have to stop in on Saturday to get a close up look.
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    My heavens, I shouldn’t have looked.
    That’s a gorgeous instrument
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lavelle View Post
    Such a beauty! There's only 2 things that I don't like about this mandolin: the price and the pick guard. Assuming I could justify the $, just how is that pick guard attached? looks like it is floating at the bridge and possibly glued to the neck? can it it be cleanly removed? I just may have to stop in on Saturday to get a close up look.
    Pickguard comes off easily. No glue. Two screws. So, you now have just one thing you donít like. Price on a new one is going to be about $9k. Upcharge on Birdseye is around $400 if they have any. PLUS $995 for the case (currently out of stock).
    Good Advice: Play before you pay, and know your product and your market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Ivory View Post
    My heavens, I shouldn’t have looked.
    That’s a gorgeous instrument
    It is, and if I had the money and wanted an F-style, it looks like the F-style twin to my A-style Collings honey amber. It's tempting but I am not in a financial position to buy it now.

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    If I had the seven grand, you'd be out of danger.
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    I just got my first Collings--a Honey Amber MF. It's amazing. I can't believe what I've been missing. The idea that this one exists makes me a little sick.

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    Ironically, I have played a handful of Collings mandolins over the years and the only one that appealed to me mostly from tone and playability was a Honey Amber A-5. I compared it to a few others that Acoustic Music had at that time but that one would have been then one had I been looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Or I could just play the Ellis, recoil in horror at the price, and rationalize how reasonable the Collings is. I can see me now, honey, I did the responsible thing, put the Ellis I really wanted away and bought the much cheaper Collings instead. I'll take you to Paris with all the money I saved.
    This is your best course of action. You really want us to collectively talk you into buying the Collings. It's used, so you'll pay way, way less than for a new one. With the Ellis as your cover, you've got this. Go play it. Have a look at this and it looks all the more reasonable.

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