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    I'm new to the mandolin and recently purchased an Eastman A-style mandolin. I'd like to purchase a strap instead of juggling it on my lap. I would appreciate recommendations for the purchase of a strap for this style mandolin.

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    I use a rawhide boot lace with a hangman noose on each end.
    Works for A or F style.
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    Lakota leathers puts out some really nice straps. Used a flat strap all my life for guitar but, then found braided straps when I took up mandolin and haven't looked back. There's plenty of YouTube videos, including Lakota, that will show you different ways to use the strap on an A style, too. Pick what suits your taste. Like other mandolin goodies, you'll probably wind up with a drawer full until you find the one that speaks to you.
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    I have one each:

    Lakota (braided elk)
    Sully's (flat saddle leather)
    Little Satchel (braided kangaroo)

    All three are great. None are cheap. Current fave is the Little Satchel.
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    I just ordered a Lakota non-braided strap, hopefully it works for me. I love the looks of the braided ones, I just didn’t feel like spending that much just yet

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    Bill Bailey straps ! All my four mandolins have a Bailey strap !
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    Do you plan on tying it at the headstock/underneath the fretboard extension or do you have two strap buttons installed? I have mine looped under the fretboard extension and I ordered mine from Souldier and I'm happy with it.

    I just ordered a new mandolin yesterday and I asked the builder to install a strap button on the treble side of the heel and for that one I ordered it from a supplier on Etsy.

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    Softy Longhollow. They work on A's and F's. Excellent strap.
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    You cannot beat this gentleman’s work and customer service:
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    Sully’s makes some gorgeous stuff, both new and reclaimed. I have a vintage sully on my “A”, and also have Sully’s straps on my guitars and banjos. I also have a “little satchel” on my “F” and it’s a great lightweight strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hbeernink View Post
    Sully’s makes some gorgeous stuff, both new and reclaimed. I have a vintage sully on my “A”, and also have Sully’s straps on my guitars and banjos. I also have a “little satchel” on my “F” and it’s a great lightweight strap.
    here are some pics of the sully (Ellis A) (https://sullysstraps.com/) and the "little satchel" (kentucky KM1000) (found it at carter's - https://cartervintage.com/)

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    Agree with all of the above recs. I have a Lakota Leathers round braid and a Long Softy 1/4 flat strap, and both are high quality. If you’re on a tight budget, a bootlace will work. When I was a very poor grad student I picked up smaller diameter paracord (from outdoor/sporting/climbing goods stores) or from Lowe’s (if the small, stronger stuff was too expensive) and braided my own. 3, 5, and 6 strand braids are easy and pretty quick to knock out. Theres a plain white one I made with a 5 strand braid probably 16 years ago that’s still being used on a starter mando I gave to a friend’s kid last Christmas. Honestly, it’s not even dingy...

    If you have a strap button at the heel, a regular Nylon guitar strap is another cheap alternative, just look for one with a tapered end so it doesn’t get in the way when you play this Chris Thile riffs high up on the fretboard
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    May I humbly suggest looking at El Dorado mandolin straps. We don't promote them as strongly as our guitar straps, but many mandolin stores, such as TME and Gryphon find their customers like them a lot. I use them on my Collings mandolins. They fit nicely through the scroll of F-style mandolins and under the raised fingerboards or the headstocks of A-models

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    If you have two strap buttons, you may want to check out this one from Levy's Leathers:

    https://www.levysleathers.com/produc...rap-m19pr-blk/

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    I don't know if they still sell mandolin straps at the Collings Store, but those ar nice and reasonable as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kammerzell View Post
    I don't know if they still sell mandolin straps at the Collings Store, but those ar nice and reasonable as well.
    Those Collings models were just a rebranded Long Hollow Softy (a fine strap), were they not?
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    FYI, the Longhollow Big Softy works for an A5, but when you put it on an F5, the wide soft part lands in the middle of your back instead of on your shoulder. As they say in software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Those Collings models were just a rebranded Long Hollow Softy (a fine strap), were they not?
    I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    FYI, the Longhollow Big Softy works for an A5, but when you put it on an F5, the wide soft part lands in the middle of your back instead of on your shoulder. As they say in software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
    That has never happened to me. I wear my strap over my shoulder. Exactly the way in which both God and Bill Monroe intended for a mandolin strap to be worn.
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    I've made a few with boot laces but the thin strap bothered my shoulder even though the mandolin isn't heavy. You can always try it out (just for the price of a set of boot laces).

    You can use almost any guitar strap on a mandolin, using leather strips or shoe strings if needed for one or both strap ends.

    Some folks have braided some nice straps from parachute cord, string, or leather. Lots of guides online.

    My favorite mandolin straps are the Lakota, but they aren't cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    FYI, the Longhollow Big Softy works for an A5, but when you put it on an F5, the wide soft part lands in the middle of your back instead of on your shoulder. As they say in software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
    I've noticed that when Earl Scruggs was with Bill Monroe he wore his banjo strap the way that Bill wore the mandolin strap. With Lester he also wore it over his right shoulder same as with Bill. But I know later in life, with the Revue he wore it like most guitar players. Over the left shoulder and around the back.
    At Swannanoa last year, Mike Marshall was one of my instructors. Nice guy. Really good teacher. He kept trying to get me to wear the strap what I call "guitar style". Had to do with balancing the mandolin on all its points when seated. Etc. I remarked about God and Bill Monroe intending it to be worn differently.

    Mike then told me he saw an interview with Earl where Earl had said, "We wore the straps that way to keep from taking our cowboy hats off when we put our instruments down." I don't know? Never heard that before. But I do know he never wore a cowboy hat with the Revue and he did wear it differently.
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    I braided mine out of 550 cord about 20 years ago and it's still going strong.

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    Bill, what did Mike Marshall have to say in response to your God and Bill Monroe comment? (Aren't they the same person? )
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