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    The Brown truck finally showed up today.

    I took delivery of a new 2020 Heiden Artist plus A model mandolin. It has an Old Red Spruce top with Sugar Maple back and sides with Wheat sheave inlay on the headstock, Black/White bindings on headstock, fretboard, top and back.

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    Congratulations!
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    Here are a couple more pictures of my Heiden Artist plus A model. It's just off the bench, but it already has incredible power and volume and that Heiden tone. It's an incredibly well-made instrument. Believe me it sounds as good as it looks.

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    Beautiful wood on the back.

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    Congratulations and Happy Pick'n !
    Looks like you have the toys to end MAS.
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    Congratulations, Darwin! That's a spectacular mandolin. Nothing like a Heiden. Could be a twin to my A-54 except mine has different binding and the older headstock shape--same coloring and same inlay, though. Beautiful! Enjoy!
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    Thanks Don!!
    I just canít believe how great the Heiden mandolin sounds like you said they are spectacular. The number on my is #99...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    Congratulations and Happy Pick'n !
    Looks like you have the toys to end MAS.
    Thanks Bill,
    My wife asked me how many mandolins do I need and I said just one more!! 😂

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    Nice looking instrument. I prefer this "traditional" headstock shape to the simplified version he usually goes with on his A-style mandolins.

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    No secret that I'm a Heiden fanboy but damn, that's beautiful!

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    I like em too! F5 #45 for me keeps me happy. Your new A5 will do the same for you I bet. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    No secret that I'm a Heiden fanboy but damn, that's beautiful!
    Shaun,

    After getting this Heiden Artist plus A model mandolin I can see why your a Heiden fanboy!

    Like all Mandolin Cafe member we all have had a number of mandolins pass through our hands over the years. Well this one is a keeper from day one!!
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    Nice. Congrats.
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    Beautiful instrument!

    Looks like a truss-rod cover.?. Don't see any screws. Just wondering if the new Heidens are adjustable?
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    The truss rod covers are friction fit. I've never had mine off because I've never needed to adjust the truss rod. One thing that doesn't get mentioned is Heiden's setups. They play like a dream. His setups are the best I've ever played or owned and I'ved owned almost as many as Shaun.
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    what a lovely thing! congrats!
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    Michael has done it again! He surely knows the recipe for an amazing mandolin.

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    That's a beautiful instrument! I do like the more traditional A style headstock as well, that's what's on mine #92. I'm not super familiar with the model distinctions for Heiden. What is an Artist Plus?

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    Here's my 2011 Heiden Artist Plus, Michael is truly a master luthier. One serial number away from Don's.

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ID:	190010 Welcome to the club Darwin. A Heiden mandolin is a special thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Alter View Post
    Here's my 2011 Heiden Artist Plus, Michael is truly a master luthier. One serial number away from Don's.

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    Gary, that top has got to be one of the finest looking I’ve ever seen.

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    ...and you guys have probably already seen it, but there's a really nicely written article about Michael Heiden's career as a builder in the latest Fretboard Journal...some nice photography too
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanElk View Post
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ID:	190010 Welcome to the club Darwin. A Heiden mandolin is a special thing
    Evan, I want to thank you and Don both for talking me into getting a Heiden mandolin! After getting one I must say they are worth the money the sound and craftsmanship is unbelievable!! If someone is thinking about getting one just do it you will be glad you did......
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    Since this has turned into a Heiden appreciation thread, I'll submit these of #92:

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    That’s beautiful Mark! I like that last one let’s keep them coming!

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