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    So who are the more prominent mando players these days who routinely use a collings mandolin? Just curious. I know that many on this board hate em but the mandolin player for Yonder Mountain String Band plays a Collings regularly. Anyone know any more?
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    I think this was covered in another thread a while back, so you my find more names if you search. Some that come to mind are Tim O'Brien, James Nash, Chris Hillman.

    Maybe Collings is not what everyone wants, but I don't why anyone would hate them! I have an MT2 that I am mighty fond of--bought it off the cafe classifieds.
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    Ron Inscore I read used one, I think while he was with Kenny and Amanda Smith. #
    I heard he recently got a DMM though..
    When I asked Andy Leftwich to show me a certain break on my MT2 his first words were, "I love these mandolins"... I don't know if he owns one but he seemed to like it.
    Why would someone HATE Collings? #All the people I've talked to "in the know" think they're great. #Remember the frenzy when they first came out with the MT2?
    I believe time will show that they are great instruments... plus I'm really pumped up on my MT2 today!




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    I like 'em. I may not be prominent, but I get paid to play one.
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    I've been on the board here for years and have never heard any poster say that he/she hated Collings mandolins. I've heard people state a preference for one brand perhaps over a Collings, but I've yet to hear someone use that word. That's probably because they're so good! I play a Gibson, and I'd like to own a Collings, too. Well, there's always that give-away in October...
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    The mando player with Big Smith plays an MF. Big Smith may not be well known outside the Midwest, but they put on a heckuva show!
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    Yeah, and there's this local (Richmond, Virginia) guy (and I mean he's awsome on the guitar) who plays the (I don't know their lineup) varnish F model. It's great. He had the satin-finish A-model for awhile and it had an awsome sound also. I think, they're great-souding mandolins! Check him out in Central Virgina, he plays as a duo, "Tripp and Jenny" - she on ban)o.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Russ Jordan @ Aug. 25 2005, 18:45)
    Maybe Collings is not what everyone wants, but I don't why anyone would hate them! #
    I think eastcarterman was referring to the band (Yonder Mountain String Band), not Collings mandolins. I did a double-take, too.

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    Oh, that would explain things. I've never heard them, but I've played some really nice Collings mandos!
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    I think the guy in Stay Tuned plays an MF-5.
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    Cute, Pete! I too play one, not a high professional level, but very happy with it and I endlessly thank Jim Roberts for letting me adopt it from him. Ken Cartwright
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    I am now taking leasons from John Reishman. This week he played my MF5 and said he thought Collings was building the most consitent factory produced mandolins.


    He also comented that it sounded "great"




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    Maybe it's a love/hate thing; as in love my Collings hate I don't have a varnish finish one

    I too have never heard anything "bad" about a Colling mando or guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Professor PT @ Aug. 25 2005, 19:48)
    ... Well, there's always that give-away in October...
    What's the give-away? Is there another cafe raffle? What do I sign up for my 1 in 10000 chance of winning a new mando?
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    Add KC Groves of the string band "Uncle Earl" to the list also. www.uncleearl.net
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    Chris Hillman nows plays an MFV

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