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    Thumbs up McClung Armrest

    I just wanted to give a shout out to Doug Edwards at Hill Country String Works for the great armrests he crafts. He has made me two-- the latest is an Ebony McClung (this a special design that gives the arm a bit of a lift) with gold hardware to match my Pava Pro. Thanks for the great design and for the wonderful service he provides.
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    McClung armrests rock!!
    I have them on both mandolins.
    Tried other kinds, but the McClung is the best shape.
    Low, smooth, and wide.
    Excellent all 'round.

    Here are my two.
    Love the dark one on the Northfield.
    The one on the J Bovier has very beautiful wood.

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    I have a McClung on one mandolin and really like it !
    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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    3 for 3!

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    You can order them with a little bling too! This is my lefty Collings MF.Click image for larger version. 

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    +1 (twice)

    Got one on my F5S and on my Kimble. First-rate workmanship and service. Doug rocks!

    (and nice Pava, Dan!)
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    Nice! Good to know he's still at it. I gave one of my two away and was having giver's remorse thinking he had stopped making them.

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    Have three of them now on instruments. Really like them. The latest (zebrawood?) looks great on the Gallatin.
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    Iíve installed and appreciated the McClung armrest on a number of mandolins that Iíve bought used, but Iíve been reluctant to put one on a custom order / new purchase. I like your determination to use the good china, Dan!
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    I just bought one a few weeks ago and have been loving it!!

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ID:	189625Here's mine with some other bling. Its become a part of the mandolin - I never think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djeffcoat View Post
    You can order them with a little bling too! This is my lefty Collings MF.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Iíve installed and appreciated the McClung armrest on a number of mandolins that Iíve bought used, but Iíve been reluctant to put one on a custom order / new purchase. I like your determination to use the good china, Dan!
    Pat, I did debate it a while. It helped that Doug was out of town a month or so, and I had time to think. He puts a soft leather on the contact points, rather than cork, which I believe is an advantage when adding one to a varnished mando. I decided I was going to benefit from the ergonomic aspects so much that I would always have one on my Pava, so I went for it.
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    Thank you all! As I have said over and over, I have the best customers!

    We are still at this expensive & time consuming hobby/job. Someday I really will retire as my body is rebelling. Currently I have bursitis in both shoulders. Trying to get that resolved. I do have a grandson to help some and David McClung in the shop too. David is using his artistic talent to produce some really nice inlays.
    We hope to have a return of wooden pick boxes soon and maple McClungs later this month or December.

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    My most recent McClung.
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    thile used armrests on just about everything he played exept his loyd loar.... i have one on my appitius and so does david bennedict
    they make it a lot easier and more comfortible especially if you play in a band for 3 hours every gig .......mclungs are the best

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    Love my two McClungs!

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    I sent Chris one a couple years ago. I donít know if he uses or not.

    Adam Steffy has a couple. I know he gave one to his father-in-law. Jesse Brock, Lester Emory, Nathan Livers, Nate Lee, Darren Nicholson, are some other well known players use McClungs besides me. lol

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    I love my 4. (3 for mandolins and one for a Jessen octave mandolin that I think he custom made.) They are all
    "Put your hands to the wood
    Touch the music put there by the summer sun and wind
    The rhythms of the rain, locked within the rings
    And let your fingers find The Music in the Wood."
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    I have three - two flamed maple and one ebony. Love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Brock View Post
    I have three - two flamed maple and one ebony. Love them!
    Great know, Doug! Thanks for your post.
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    Just had to share, these are so good looking, as well as functional

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    Doug, that mountain scene is especially beautiful
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    Just ordered mine. It shipped yesterday. I already have one that came on the Collings MTO that I bought used and really like the small move it makes on the forearm angle. Very comfortable. Not sure Doug when you switched to leather but the one on the 2009 MT2O has cork backing. Doesn't matter I'm never taking it off. Really looking forward to trying it on the Northfield. I'll post some pictures of both when I get it.
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    Doug: I know you've mentioned the "retirement" word on occasion, but it's SO great to see your miniature pieces of art continuing to keep us in awe!
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