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    I’ve noticed some apparent confusion about Kerman Mandolins and wanted to share this. I am on a waiting list for one. Arik, contrary to speculation, is not retired. With his permission, I’ll share here what his son, Yam, told me in a recent email:

    “ Arik did add another luthier to his mandolin secrets, that's me, his son. We have been working together for more than ten years now and continue to build all our mandolin together.”

    Here is their modest website:

    http://www.kermanmandolin.com/

    I hope that info is of use to someone.
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    Frankly, I've never heard of them. The website gives NO information. Is there more info anywhere?
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    It is the mandolin played by Avi Avital. Nope, that website is it. Google Avi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    Frankly, I've never heard of them. The website gives NO information. Is there more info anywhere?
    Most classical mandolinists from Israel play Kerman mandolins, so if you listen to or watch Avi Avital or Jacob Reuven recording or videos, those are Kerman mandolins.

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    Indulge responsibly!

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    Jeff D -
    Yes! I had read that before with interest as I have an exquisite Lyon & Healy Model A as well which I absolutely love. It was great to read about your comparison!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Sounds like the holy grail of mandolins! I've only ever heard them recorded, but your description of the sound rings true.

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    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,

    Or what's a heaven for?
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    So, a friend who's probably the best classical mandolinist I know personally ... who's on call for a particular major US symphony orchestra whenever they need a mandolin player ... some years ago she tried to look into ordering a Kerman mandolin, and was essentially told that since Arik didn't know who she was and she hadn't played with anyone he knew, she wasn't famous or important enough to get onto his list.

    Given that Tim *is* on the list ... has Kerman perhaps opened up his list a little, now that his son works with him?
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    Well, I’m at the total opposite end of the musical ability spectrum and I never received the slightest indication that they would not be more than happy to have me order one. Hope that helps!
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    Tim, you don't have to answer this, but it would be helpful to know what the cost of a Kerman is.
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    The last time I heard that Kerman was charging about what a quality F-5 would cost here in the US. Did he quote you a price and how long it would take to make it?

    In the meantime, if this doesn't sell you I don't know what would...

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    The current quote is $6850. I don’t know if it is subject to change. The waiting period gives you just enough time to 1) save enough pennies to put a dent in the cost or 2) come to your senses LOL
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