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    I almost sold my Northfield NF5S (also pictured) to move into a higher end model. But it's a good mandolin. Kind of hard to move on from.

    Instead I got a good deal (I think) on a 2009 Collings MT2-0. It provides a different tone from the Northfield. Seems to have noticeably more projection and volume than most of the oval hole mandolins I've played while keeping that nice bass response and rich harmonics. That Collings maple never disappoints.

    So....Is it better to have a Northfield NF5S AND a Collings MT2-0 for variety or should I just have went with a Big Mon special or an Italian Spruce and Birdseye MT2 and had 1 mandolin for everything?

    Well, I don't know but for now I'm happy! The two Mandos make good sisters


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    Sounds like you made the right choice!! And excellent playing.

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    That back is incredible!

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    Chuck, totally get your reasoning, that's what I'm going through, keep both the Weber and Collings or just go with one or the other. The Big Mon is a different beast. The one I played was really nice. Definitely not just a bluegrass machine. But a huge sounding instrument, that day it sounded as good as any instrument in the room and that included Joe's Clark and Bob's LaPlant.

    That MT2 is something special. I was in the shop when it showed up. As you probably know, the wood on it is even nicer in person. If I hadn't been set so much on this MT it would have called me. Even now I wonder if I made the right choice.

    Your MT2-O is a great sounding one. Pretty sure if it was between that and my MT yours would win.
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    Congrats, and thanks for sharing that beautiful playing. I think the Collings oval holes are a thing unto themselves, so I get why you'd want to keep them both.

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    Absolutely beautiful tune! Great job!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Leyda View Post
    I almost sold my Northfield NF5S (also pictured) to move into a higher end model. But it's a good mandolin. Kind of hard to move on from.

    Instead I got a good deal (I think) on a 2009 Collings MT2-0. It provides a different tone from the Northfield. Seems to have noticeably more projection and volume than most of the oval hole mandolins I've played while keeping that nice bass response and rich harmonics. That Collings maple never disappoints.

    So....Is it better to have a Northfield NF5S AND a Collings MT2-0 for variety or should I just have went with a Big Mon special or an Italian Spruce and Birdseye MT2 and had 1 mandolin for everything?

    Well, I don't know but for now I'm happy! The two Mandos make good sisters


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    I really enjoy your rendition of O Holy Night (I also admire your new mandolin!). Would you happen to have tablature for this song or could you tell me where you learned it? So far I am only playing basic notes of a song and I would like to learn to embellish the tunes I'm learning. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandoPlayer View Post
    I really enjoy your rendition of O Holy Night (I also admire your new mandolin!). Would you happen to have tablature for this song or could you tell me where you learned it? So far I am only playing basic notes of a song and I would like to learn to embellish the tunes I'm learning. Thank you!
    That's a Banjo Ben Clark version. He stressed to make it your own so it's certainly not note for note but I started with his version. He's a great teacher and his website is very user friendly. NFI
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    I think so too. Collings just seems to have an inexhaustible stash of killer maple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Chuck, totally get your reasoning, that's what I'm going through, keep both the Weber and Collings or just go with one or the other. The Big Mon is a different beast. The one I played was really nice. Definitely not just a bluegrass machine. But a huge sounding instrument, that day it sounded as good as any instrument in the room and that included Joe's Clark and Bob's LaPlant.

    That MT2 is something special. I was in the shop when it showed up. As you probably know, the wood on it is even nicer in person. If I hadn't been set so much on this MT it would have called me. Even now I wonder if I made the right choice.

    Your MT2-O is a great sounding one. Pretty sure if it was between that and my MT yours would win.
    I haven't actually seen the MT-2V at Willies American Guitars in person. Just over the web. Certainly looks like all the mando anyone would ever need!
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    Beautiful mandolin, and I really enjoyed your playing.

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    Nice mandolin, nice tune, nice playing! Merry Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by addamr View Post
    Beautiful mandolin, and I really enjoyed your playing.

    Adam
    Thanks Adam!

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    Nice mandolin, nice tune, nice playing! Merry Christmas!
    Thank you John. Merry Christmas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Leyda View Post
    I haven't actually seen the MT-2V at Willies American Guitars in person. Just over the web. Certainly looks like all the mando anyone would ever need!
    I realized that this morning. Was mixing up the regular MT-2 with the quilted back and sides and the varnish one with birdseye. Haven't seen that one in person either.
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    Beautiful playing and mandolin! I think you chose well !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    I realized that this morning. Was mixing up the regular MT-2 with the quilted back and sides and the varnish one with birdseye. Haven't seen that one in person either.
    They both look amazing! That said you get Varnish finish, Waverly tuners, a bound pickguard, and that beautiful upgraded (and no longer made) Collings case with the MT2V. Well worth the $900 bucks I think. Of course the sound is the most important. I would love to play them both but that's probably not smart right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Leyda View Post
    I almost sold my Northfield NF5S (also pictured) to move into a higher end model. But it's a good mandolin. Kind of hard to move on from.

    Instead I got a good deal (I think) on a 2009 Collings MT2-0. It provides a different tone from the Northfield. Seems to have noticeably more projection and volume than most of the oval hole mandolins I've played while keeping that nice bass response and rich harmonics. That Collings maple never disappoints.

    So....Is it better to have a Northfield NF5S AND a Collings MT2-0 for variety or should I just have went with a Big Mon special or an Italian Spruce and Birdseye MT2 and had 1 mandolin for everything?

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    Correct choice !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankdolin View Post
    Beautiful playing and mandolin! I think you chose well !
    Thanks Frankdolin.

    I'm digging oval hole mandos and I'm definitely watching the tunes you put up with your beautiful Pava. It sounds and looks great!
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    Looks great John. I'm sn 1936.
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    Excellent playing Chuck!... loved that version, will definitely have to check out Banjo Ben's site and learn that one for next year!
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    Two beautiful mandolins - what a great pair to have at your disposal!
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    Two beautiful mandolins - what a great pair to have at your disposal!
    Thanks Jill. I've really enjoyed listening to all the Irish tunes on your lovely Girouard!
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    Wow, beautiful mandolin! I have a reg MT and have often wished I’d have opted for the oval version. But then I’d be wondering about the reg MT. Where does it end?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    Wow, beautiful mandolin! I have a reg MT and have often wished I’d have opted for the oval version. But then I’d be wondering about the reg MT. Where does it end?!
    That is the question. I have all the mando I'll ever need...but I still check the classifieds every day
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