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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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    Hello Mando Peeps, Just thought I would pop on here and give you and update. I have been practicing and learning, not as much as I should This mando sounds so full and rich, it is awesome and I am so glad I listened to you all. When a person can get that kind of sound it makes you want to play! thank you, ~Belle

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    Unless you're an obsessive person, you can't play continually for hours. Blessings on those who are both talented and obsessive; we all love listening to them when they emerge into the world. No use developing a repetitive strain injury. I'm glad you're enjoying your mandolin. Do what's right for you.
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    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
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