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    Registered User Aaron Bohnen's Avatar
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    Default Gavin Baird F5 in the classifieds

    Hi everyone,

    Baird mandolins rarely show up for sale since Gavin's total output was low and demand for his instruments is always high. I have NFI in the one that's in the classifieds right now - but if I didn't already have a Baird F5 I'd be all over that one. Wow.

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    Default Re: Gavin Baird F5 in the classifieds

    I know he was a favorite builder of Peter Ostroushko, although Pete preferred his A models over Fs. I 'm a bit MASed out from recent acquisitions but I am intrigued.
    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
    Got no compassion, thinks its a sin
    All he does is sit around an play the Mandolin"

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    Default Re: Gavin Baird F5 in the classifieds

    I understood Peter to prefer oval holes over F holes, and A bodies over F bodies. The "Peter Otroushko" model Gavin Baird mandolins are certainly A body oval holes - that particular model also has a deeper V neck profile.

    Gavin built guitars and mandolins in small numbers, I believe less than 100 in total. He made more F4s than F5s. His F4s are legendary and highly sought after, but I think there are few enough of his F5s that not too many people have been exposed to them. I'm glad I got the chance and I'm happy to have one of each. Plenty of information on Gavin's instruments is available at www.sheba.ca.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Aaron Bohnen; Jan-23-2020 at 12:42am.
    Gavin Baird F4 & F5
    Weber Octar
    Gibson K-1

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