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    Default New (to me) Flatiron A5-1

    Picked up a clean, well-preserved A model Flatiron, 1984 Carlson signed. It's the 2nd Flatiron I've owned, first was a 1985 F-5 Artist, also Carlson. Came with the original warranty card, imagine that. Thing has good tone and is a joy to play.
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    The last one I bought had the original warranty card as well. It must have been a thing with these early Flatirons. Nice mandolin.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    That looks lovely! I Hope you'll record with it so we can hear it

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    Looks great congrats! I'd also love to hear it!
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    What is the serial number on that beauty? Enjoy!

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    I bought mine in '83 or so. One of the first two carved models that Mandolin Brothers got in. I probably sent in my warranty card. I still play it and love the tone especially for that bright bluegrassy sound.

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    That looks awesome! Congrats.

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    I think my 84 A5 had the best tone of any mandolin I've owned.
    I sold mine because I wanted a different neck profile.

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    I won't part with my Carlson Flatiron.

    Congrats and enjoy.
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    Nice! I've always liked those early Flatirons.
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