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    Hi all,

    I played a pretty nice A9 today, really nice tone and volume.
    My funds for MAS are short at moment but I was considering trading a 1962 Martin 0018 for it, what do you think? The Martin needs a neck reset, has OHSC and is in very good condition, no cracks, I'm not big into the guitar scene so I,m not sure what it's worth.
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    Is it a 00-18 or 000-18? In either case, it's probably worth more than an#A9. Even if it needs a neck reset.

    You might try posting on the Unoffical Martin Guitar Forum. They'll tell you what it's worth.

    http://pub125.ezboard.com/btheunoffi...tinguitarforum




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    Follow the discussion at the UMGF

    There are some great guys at the UMGF, very similar to community here. I took the liberty of quoting your post and putting it over there to help you get some more information.




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    According to Vintage Guitar Price Guide, a '62 0018 in exc. condition would be $2000-2600. A 00018 would be $2500-3000.

    Now yours is not in excellent condition. A neck set would be about $300 or so. Even with yours needing that, I think it is worth far more than the A9. I saw a brand new A9 in NY for $1295. Prety nice mandolin tho.

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    $1295 is expensive for an A9. I've never seen one go that high. In New York there's a shop selling them for about 1000$ new.

    I'm extremely pleased with mine.
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    Thanks all for the quick response, I had a feeling that the guitar was worth more, oh it's a 00-18 by the way. The price on the A9 is 1150.00
    Michael Lettieri

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    I love the 00-18's. I'd make you an offer, except I already have one!

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    HOLD IT!!!! "the A9 thought is a thing of the past"I just got a look at the Collins MF on the CAFE home page...if I'm gonna do a satin plain jane, I think I'll wait for one of them.
    Thanks again guys for helping me remain "sane"
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    I don't think the MT and the A9 should immediately be lumped into the same category because they both are unadorned and simply finished.

    I see that Collings has added both the MT and MF mandolins to their web site.




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    Keep the Martin! #It is a much more valuable instrument, and has significantly more historical value....worth getting the neck reset over buying a Gibson A-9, Collings whatever, or just about any instrument with a satin finish IMHO.

    And most importantly, I've never met a man who traded or sold his Martin and didn't live to have the regret come to haunt him.




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    Doanepoole,

    I have come to my senses...Yea I'm keeping the Martin. I was just experienceing poor judgement brought on by a sudden case of MAS. And grsnovi, I know what you mean
    Michael Lettieri

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