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    I just met the builder of Muleskinner mandolins. Anyone owning or having played one of these care to offer their impressions?
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Current campfire tool)
    Rogue 100A (Spare canoe paddle)

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    Played 5 examples yesterday. Nice balanced tone and excellent playability. Wishing I had my Collings with me for comparison. A Stiver and Ken Ratcliff would make the comparison better as I develop my short list.
    Better yet, I win one in a raffle I entered!
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Current campfire tool)
    Rogue 100A (Spare canoe paddle)

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    Yup, I too entered the raffle for the mandolin at the Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots festival. And DIDN'T win. Outrageous. I'd love to have heard the instrument more- the other models all sounded pretty good and the sycamore backs looked great.
    1999 Buckeye #18 (Bucky)
    198x Flatiron pancake mandola (no name)

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    The sycamore back mandolin he had on display was my pick of the bunch. All his Mandos are A styles of which I am partial to.
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Current campfire tool)
    Rogue 100A (Spare canoe paddle)

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    Hey all, Brian here. I am a good friend and bandmate of Andy and he has built me a slightly smaller scaled dread style guitar. The guitar he built for me is unlike anything I have ever played. Its perfectly balanced, cuts when needs, but is also a hell of a good strummer.

    But we ain't here to talk guitars I guess. The sycamore mandolin is something I had lusted over since I first saw the tone wood before it had any shape resembling any sort of instrument.

    I have been lucky enough to play (probably) all of the mandolins coming out of Andy's shop. He has a deep knowledge and vast appreciation of tonewoods and what he is going after tonewise in using a combo of addy and maple vs birch vs walnut. That being said, he is also totally unafraid to experiment and see how things come out which has lead to some pretty amazing outcomes in terms of tone (see: that sycamore beauty!).

    His oval holes are sweet, full and ring like a bell, the f-holed a styles with walnut have been really full and with a lot of punch and his spruce/maple mandolins have been a bluegrass dream.

    He is currently building me a guitar bodied octave as well. I cannot wait to see how that turns out!

    One of the finest luthiers out there and I am sure that they will be up there with some of the current "top of the heap" builders once more of these get out into the world.
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    Also, if you go to Andy's website you can see recent stuff from the shop and instruments that have sold and are for sale currently...

    https://www.muleskinnerinstruments.com/

    And also video (and sound) clips of instruments on his Youtube page

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzB...orFLA09zIk4P5Q

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