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    Hey Mike (and others), I Googled "Ellis Mandolin #450," at the top of the list is, "Ellis - F5 Tradition - 450 - Ruttlist," and if you scroll down there is a small video clip of this mandolin being played. Is that you Mike, or a previous owner? I'm sure somebody can transfer that to this thread for all to see/hear, but it's above my geezer pay grade....


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    My dream— now she’s gone! Seriously, congrats!
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    Sweet. I'm sold on an Ellis. Now to convince the wife...
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    Hey guys, Thanks for all the posts and the video clip too. I am admittedly new to the mandolin but have a been a guitar and steel player my whole life doing everything from touring to sessions and all the not so fun stuff as well. I have a deep love for mandolin and am working hard on it now. I know from past experience that buying and selling instruments ends up costing me way more in the end so I went for this beauty from out of the gate and I'm sure glad I did. I imagine this beauty will stay will me till I'm gone. If you have never seen or heard an Ellis up close they are something to behold. Even a newby like me can immediately recognize what a fine crafted mandolin this is in both tone and craftsmanship. I happen to work 2 blocks from Carter's Vintage Instruments so I was very lucky to be able to play some of the best mandolins made there. I choose the Ellis over a Gilchrist and many others even though my particular Ellis did not come from Carters. Anyway, I'm glad to be here and enjoy reading all the post and meeting you fine people.

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    Hey guys, Thanks for all the posts and the video clip too. I am admittedly new to the mandolin but have a been a guitar and steel player my whole life doing everything from touring to sessions and all the not so fun stuff as well. I have a deep love for mandolin and am working hard on it now. I know from past experience that buying and selling instruments ends up costing me way more in the end so I went for this beauty from out of the gate and I'm sure glad I did. I imagine this beauty will stay will me till I'm gone. If you have never seen or heard an Ellis up close they are something to behold. Even a newby like me can immediately recognize what a fine crafted mandolin this is in both tone and craftsmanship. I happen to work 2 blocks from Carter's Vintage Instruments so I was very lucky to be able to play some of the best mandolins made there. I choose the Ellis over a Gilchrist and many others even though my particular Ellis did not come from Carters. Anyway, I'm glad to be here and enjoy reading all the post and meeting you fine people.

    Cheers!
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    Congrats! I’ve been lusting for an Ellis for several years now. Yours looks amazing!
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    Considering that Ellis is your first acquisition, you started your mandolin journey with a BIG BANG!
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    "Everything affects Everything"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Scaggs View Post
    Hey!!..... those aren't "hand made!"

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    But they were that good even before CNC machines
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    Considering that Ellis is your first acquisition, you started your mandolin journey with a BIG BANG!
    Start at the top and you don't have to upgrade !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Handmade has become an unimportant concept to me. Much of what we admire about mandolin fit and finish come from the use of CNC machines. Doesn’t diminish
    the end result at all. What I remember about the Ellis I played was it’s exqusit tone and playability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Handmade has become an unimportant concept to me. Much of what we admire about mandolin fit and finish come from the use of CNC machines. Doesn’t diminish
    the end result at all. What I remember about the Ellis I played was it’s exqusit tone and playability.
    Tom is a #######' genius. I couldn't help but be amazed at his operation. I don't know, but it seems to me Tom has invested an incredible amount of time and money in getting the machines to do exactly what he wants them to do. I certainly ain't gonna argue with the results... at the end of the day tools are tools...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassweb View Post
    ... at the end of the day tools are tools...
    Amen Brother.
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    Really beautiful! Congrats.

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    Beautiful instrument, looks and sound. And Tom is a wonderful gentleman.

    Don’t care if it was made by puppies.

    And think about the price of beer in handmade cans
    Play it like you mean it.

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    First class person, builder, photographer and musician ! You should take a tour of his shop !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Update: I've been playing this Ellis nonstop now for 3 weeks and I can't imagine ever wanting or needing anything else other than another Ellis. I am soooooo happy with this Mandolin. Thank you Tom for what you do, it brings much joy to many Im sure.

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    I love Ellis mandolins.
    They are just exactly what they should be.

    Beautiful silking in the grain on the top.
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    Congrats on a truly beautiful instrument.

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    I wonder if Tom would do a Tradition voiced A-style...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark seale View Post
    i wonder if tom would do a tradition voiced a-style...
    without a doubt !
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    Glad you are enjoying your Ellis Mike. What other high-end/well known makers of mandolins did you try before choosing the Ellis?
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    Glad you are enjoying your Ellis Mike. What other high-end/well known makers of mandolins did you try before choosing the Ellis?
    Hi There,

    Truth is I am new to Mandolin (kinda). In 1994 I actually made an F5 with the help of my buddy Cliff Sargent which I was lucky enough to get back and pass on to my son. I've been a guitar and steel guitarist for over 40 years but have a love for this instrument and decided it was time to get serious.

    I live in Nashville now so spent the day at Carter's playing everything they had. To name a few:

    Gilchrist
    Gibson
    Collings
    Weber
    Ellis

    To my untrained ear the Ellis was the clear winner. Pure sweet tone, great bass, crystal clear highs and nice mids. Action was superb as expected. I had just bought a Gibson Fern which was a fine instrument but to me, the Ellis was clearly the one. I ended up buying #450 Ellis Tradition from a different store as it was a year old and of course a little less money so the Gibson went bye bye and the Ellis is now my prized Mandolin. I practice hard everyday and am making good headway. Most important, I am having great time and love playing.

    By buying the best I could in the beginning will hopefully save me money in the long run and help me avoid MAS
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    Lotsa luck avoiding MAS! You have no where to go but UP!

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