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    I play an oval hole A at home, its also the mandolin I carry to the grandkids house when I sit for them. I think its got great sound and good volume, but its older and has been around the block a time or two and I don't worry about scratches and etc too much. For playing with the band I use an F hole A model. I think that it also sounds great plus its got a little extra punch and volume so I feel it can get heard a little better. Click image for larger version. 

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    Ken: I don't recognize the maker(s) of either of yours. I see in the oval something about Spruce and I see your name on the headstock of the A-5.
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    Hi Jim, Thanks, they are both mine, for better or worse I've never had a mandolin that I didn't build. The oval hole is from 1988 and the f hole is from 2009. The label in the oval hole says "Loose Spruce" which is what I was calling myself back in the 80's. Ken
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    My personal favorite for playing around the house, and with small groups is a Gary Vessel F5.
    Superb tone, and handles all styles of playing with ease.

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    It really depends on the day. I'm blessed with two beautiful mandolins, but the one that feels the most like home is my Nugget. My hands seem to conform to its shape and its shape has changed with my hands. Click image for larger version. 

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    Been loving this ‘06 Draleon Royale for the past few months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    My usual and the one that I would play at home and at a gig, should I have one that calls for a mandolin—most of my gigs these days are fiddle and guitar, rarely mandolin:
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    Jim, I can't tell exactly what mandolin you have posted. Is it an A4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Foss View Post
    Jim, I can't tell exactly what mandolin you have posted. Is it an A4?
    So sorry. It is my Brentrup A4C, modernized copy of a Gibson Loar-era A-4. More info here on the Brentrup Mandolin Registry.
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    When I am upstairs, my Collings MT or one of the bowlbacks is played (they "live" upstairs.) If I am in the living room, I have more choices, and it depends on what I want to practice. If I am practicing Bluegrass, I play the Kentucky KM 805, Classical - my Weber oval, or a bowlback (there is one in the living room,) and if it's Celtic or folk, my Pava Player gets the job. Now if I change my mind in the middle of practicing, I don't change instruments, but I start out with my intended practice plan. Having a choice is fun.

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    My OM is the one for practising and playing in sessions. There are others for various recording occasions, which can be seen in my contribution to wild entertainment here:



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    My new Collings MT2-O is getting 90% of my playing time right now. But it's great to pick up my Pava A for a change of pace and tone. They're very different instruments. Love them both. I can't wait to take some time off for the holidays and the opportunity to play all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    My OM is the one for practising and playing in sessions. There are others for various recording occasions, which can be seen in my contribution to wild entertainment here:

    Standing ovaton. That was worthy of posting on Mandolin Monday.

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    I practice with my Arrow G5 and play bluegrass with my Ratliff Countryboy A. For swing I play either the Arrow or my Clark 2 point. They’re all great and play all styles on any of the instruments.

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    I've taken my Northfield Big Mon to a few gigs but always the chance that someone will knock it over when it's on it's stand if I'm playing my tenor banjo so now I take a custom Timber Tone F5 I had made in China years ago. Sounds really good. At home I play the Big Mon (Fantastic instrument in every way) and I'm looking for an old F4 which I would also play at home. I actually love the whole F4 thing and when you get a good one they are wonderful. I've had a few and always replaced the pearl nut with bone for much better tone. Also covered second strings.

    If I went out to play in public with say just a duo or trio I'd take the Big Mon.

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    I actually love the whole F4 thing and when you get a good one they are wonderful. I've had a few and always replaced the pearl nut with bone for much better tone. Also covered second strings.
    I thought vintage Gibson F-4's came with bone nuts. Do you mean you replace the bone with pearl? And what is a covered second string? In my country we would say wound A strings.
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    Hodson D'jangolin goes out with me to the weekly Old Folks sitting around a table, swapping Old Folksongs Session Tuesday nights..

    Got it off the Classifieds here, so it must "qualify"...
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    This is the only thing I have that "Qualifies"--so it would have to be my answer.
    My Epiphone Mandobird VIII
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