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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Freeman View Post
    When I saw the announcement I thought about the original vs. Waterloo question too, but imagined the Collings-built instrument would smoke the original in terms of build quality, sound, and playability, probably justifying the cost differential. And here's some pretty good evidence:
    I have a Waterloo guitar...WL-14....I have compared it a 1928 Kalamazoo. Waterloo nails that vibe big time but the Waterloo has perfect intonation and playability.

    Considering Collings/ Waterloo consistent build reputation purchasing one of these mandolins would be instant gratification....if you want that sound.

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    Yep those old Kalamazoo's are pretty toasted on ebay! I agree with ya all there, I know I've seen nice ones on there before at a reasonable price , same with Reverb, and here on the Café in the past, One must do their homework before buying anything! Vintage or new and its all in what someone wants, what there personal preference is. The old saying to each his own. I do agree those Waterloos have the whole look down and the sound demo way above is pretty sweet!

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    I have also seen originals that are playable for less than the Waterloo. But they seem to be scarce right now.

    And as I mentioned earlier, my Waterloo Jumbo king is a whole lot better of a guitar sound and playability wise than an original Regal. Which I have also owned.

    It's also dependent on what you're willing to tolerate. My 1910 A is ugly. And has a number of crude repairs. But it sounds good and plays well. I sank some serious money into it, but it's a real keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    It's also dependent on what you're willing to tolerate.
    Reminds me of my made in Japan high school acoustic. The action was too high, so I lowered it, but then it buzzed on certain notes/frets -- I still loved it and played it everyday and learned to stay away from those notes..........I guess you could say that was the "charm" of it -- not vintage charm -- just cheapo charm!

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    Yahoo! There’s one at Gryphon in Palo Alto. If I had time I’d check it out. Since I don’t, someone else should. Better yet, just buy it and post about here.
    https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...urst-new-56788

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    I played the Wateroo at Gryphon. It was very good. Better to me than some of the other new flat tops I've played. Better than a Flatiron? Some will like each. But just as when the guitars came out, I thought they are overprice, will never sell. I was wrong, so will not make the same mistake. Never underestimate marketing. The product is pretty good.

    Collings products have never fully sold me. One time I go play them and they are great, a month later I can play the same one and be ambivalent. It is strange. One thing is sure, right now there is a new F 5 for around $8,000. I'd swallow hard and dig deep and buy the used Ellis. Lucky I'm only five grand short, but the Big Mon would be a nice consolation.
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    Finally some sound clips coming out. First a nice review from Peghead nation and then a clip from Waterloo themselves:

    https://pegheadnation.com/instrument...vE2g7T3uZwXdHI




    Gotta get my hands on one soon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    I have played the Calhouns. I think if you play one of these and play the Calhoun you will understand the price difference.
    Congrats on your new Waterloo~. Can you please describe the sonic differences between the Waterloo and the Calhoun? Thank you!
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    Default Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    I just took delivery of this one. https://themusicemporium.com/mandoli...t#&gid=1&pid=6
    It’s a great companion to my MF. To tell you the truth, the MF is more mandolin than I need and the Waterloo is about all I need at my level.
    I dig it!
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    Default Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Quote Originally Posted by markT View Post
    I just took delivery of this one. https://themusicemporium.com/mandoli...t#&gid=1&pid=6
    It’s a great companion to my MF. To tell you the truth, the MF is more mandolin than I need and the Waterloo is about all I need at my level.
    I dig it!
    Nice, I hope to be getting one soon.

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