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    Have played a couple of Ratliffs for a few minutes. Both were really good instruments. Assuming that it’s properly set up, you’re beginning your mandolin journey with a quality instrument.

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    I've had two vicarious buying experiences this week, your Country Boy odyssey, and a long PM back and forth with Doug. Two good outcomes. Doug overcame a scroll desire and chose quality, a difficult challenge. A Country Boy could be your one and only, or teach you exactly what you want in the future. Either way its a big step forward. I can't tell you how many stories I've been told of people going home to sleep on it only to find their dream gone next day.

    I once played a wonderful old Martin guitar I could barely afford, but not the thousand dollar repair it needed. I decided to buy it if it were there 24 hours later, hoping it wouldn't. It was bought and hour after I left the store thank goodness, so it goes both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    I've had two vicarious buying experiences this week, your Country Boy odyssey, and a long PM back and forth with Doug. Two good outcomes. Doug overcame a scroll desire and chose quality, a difficult challenge. A Country Boy could be your one and only, or teach you exactly what you want in the future. Either way its a big step forward. I can't tell you how many stories I've been told of people going home to sleep on it only to find their dream gone next day.

    I once played a wonderful old Martin guitar I could barely afford, but not the thousand dollar repair it needed. I decided to buy it if it were there 24 hours later, hoping it wouldn't. It was bought and hour after I left the store thank goodness, so it goes both ways.

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    Hey all, I see another Ratliff in classifieds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle Starr View Post
    Hey all, I see another Ratliff in classifieds!
    Actually there are two others:

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    Belle, did you get the mandolin yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Belle, did you get the mandolin yet?
    Should be arriving today, patiently waiting!!

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    I guess it arrived and she is busy playing it non-stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I guess it arrived and she is busy playing it non-stop.

    Okay Mando Peeps, yes it arrived awhile ago, and I have been playing! Oh, what can I say, sounds beautiful, like when I was in the store and played that pricey one verses the $650 mandolin. Also very nice looking, case, strap, picks, and man my fingers are sore! Thank you all so much!!!!

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    I am late to the party, Belle, but congratulations on your new mandolin! I am a newbie anyway, so would not have been able to offer much help in picking a good one. I have an Eastman MD505 that I bought a couple years ago.

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    Congrats on the great purchase!!
    We look forward to more feedback.
    Enjoy the wonderful journey!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle Starr View Post
    Okay Mando Peeps, yes it arrived awhile ago, and I have been playing! Oh, what can I say, sounds beautiful, like when I was in the store and played that pricey one verses the $650 mandolin. Also very nice looking, case, strap, picks, and man my fingers are sore! Thank you all so much!!!!
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    Sore fingers means a smiling face. Enjoy!!!
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    Congrats!

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    Perfectly titled thread " . . . my first mandolin". Cause it won't be your last, ask anyone here! Enjoy all this wonderful instrument has to offer.

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    It’s already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said I’d try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. She’d heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal.

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    It’s already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said I’d try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. She’d heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Its already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said Id try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. Shed heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal.

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    Its already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said Id try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. Shed heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal

    The double post above happens once in a while. What causes this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    It’s already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said I’d try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. She’d heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal.

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    It’s already the second. Some just catch on quicker. I was in Gryphon one time and a young woman came in to the store and thinking I worked there asked for help. After setting her straight, I said I’d try to help her. She said she wanted to learn guitar. Thought a Martin was a good place to start. She’d heard a D 28 was good. She was petite, so I said she should at least check out an OM. She walked out with the dread. A month or two later she was back in the store. I asked, trading in the D 28? Too big for you? No, she just wanted an OM too. My kind of gal

    The double post above happens once in a while. What causes this?
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