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    The most beautiful mandolin I have ever seen was delivered today ! Port Orford top and beautiful flame maple back ! Workmanship second to none ! Sound really projects crystal clear notes across the strings. Very evenly balanced. If you like the oval sound than a Girouard is the one for you ! Girouard's are great people to deal with !
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    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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    Gasp! That’s exquisite! Enjoy it in good health.

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    What an absolute beauty - enjoy!!
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    Really pretty, I’m sure it sounds as good as it looks.
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    Beauty.….enjoy it.

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    That's really lovely. May it brighten these days of social isolation and lockdown.

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    Only thing better than it's beauty is the sound !! Second mandolin I have had built for me by Max and Laurie and both are superb !
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    Really pretty, I’m sure it sounds as good as it looks.
    Even better !!
    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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    As the proud owner of a Girouard mandolin (F-5 # 83) I can attest to what great folks Max and Lauri are. That said, I am extremely envious of of you for having that beautiful F-4!
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    Stunning! Enjoy that F4!
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    Wow. Beautiful building.
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    Absolutely breath taking. Wow..Enjoy!

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    Beautiful Instrument.....LOVE the color! Enjoy!!
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    Beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    Beautiful!
    Get rid of that Heiden and order a Girouard !!
    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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    Very nice! I always seem to ask the same questions. Pardon my repetitiveness, but it looks like this is a hybrid F-4 with the longer neck access, joined at fret 12 and, I am guessing, x-braced? Also, what made you go for the Port Orford Cedar top. I have never played a mandolin with a POC top. How does it differ from other top woods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Very nice! I always seem to ask the same questions. Pardon my repetitiveness, but it looks like this is a hybrid F-4 with the longer neck access, joined at fret 12 and, I am guessing, x-braced? Also, what made you go for the Port Orford Cedar top. I have never played a mandolin with a POC top. How does it differ from other top woods?
    Longer neck ! I did have an Old Wave short neck but to my ears I prefer the long neck . You know , I don't know about the bracing ! I guess I should but I don't know ! Maybe Max will chime in ! Jill McAuley had an A oval built by Max Girouard using a piece of beautiful PO cedar and she was blown away by the projection and clearness of the notes so I thought I would take a chance and I am more than satisfied ! Type in PO cedar for a soundboard and you can read all about the tonal qualities.
    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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    Actually, I do recall Jill’s report now that you mention it. I am always interested in woods off the beaten path. Wonderful. One of these days I would love to try out a Girouard. They have always been on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Actually, I do recall Jill’s report now that you mention it. I am always interested in woods off the beaten path. Wonderful. One of these days I would love to try out a Girouard. They have always been on my list.
    I have seen. held and played most top end mandolins at Gruhn's in Nashville and I absolutely believe Max's workmanship is second to none ! Period ! Sound is so subjective but to my old ears the Girouard oval sound is exactly what I was wanting ! I am so grateful that Jill recommended the PO soundboard ! It is amazing but perhaps it is just Max Girouard's skill ! Now, if I'm playing a lot of bluegrass chop I do prefer F holes instead of oval holes but I didn't commission this oval for that in particular. I just like the looks of a F style mandolin but I prefer the sound of a Girouard oval !
    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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    The colour green comes to mind. Green with envy. What an absolutely beautiful looking mandolin and the fact that you love the sound is even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Get rid of that Heiden and order a Girouard !!
    The Heiden is here to stay. But adding a Girouard to the stable might be an option one day. I’ve never seen one in person but his work looks beautiful in the pics. And Jill’s sounds really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    The Heiden is hear to stay. But adding a Girouard to the stable might be an option one day. I’ve never seen one in person but his work looks beautiful in the pics. And Jill’s sounds really good.
    Even better sounding in your hands !!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    The Heiden is hear to stay. But adding a Girouard to the stable might be an option one day. I’ve never seen one in person but his work looks beautiful in the pics. And Jill’s sounds really good.
    As much as I like my Girouard, The one Heiden I played still haunts me to this day. Played it against a Gil and a Montelone and it absolutely ruled the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    As much as I like my Girouard, The one Heiden I played still haunts me to this day. Played it against a Gil and a Montelone and it absolutely ruled the day.
    Ears are different aren't they ? I owned a Heiden but that "particular one" did not compare in workmanship or sound to my Girouard !
    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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    We need to hear this one!

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