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    For A models the OP's budget hits such a sweet spot. Lots of options - all instruments that could be a life-time mandolin. I hope the OP is going out and playing as many as possible to find "the" one!

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    I’ve read all the suggestions, my .02 worth is the name on the peghead IS NOT the final test. You may find a $1,000 mandolin that will put them to shame, play every one you see for sale until one speaks to you.

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    I haven't played every mandolin out there. I have played any I could get my hands on.

    Yes, there are quality (and preference) ranges that don't exactly correlate to price.

    No, I've never met a 1K mandolin that puts an Ellis to shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWilliam View Post
    Oh yeah. One guy’s reject could easily be someone else’s lifer.
    Not all the clams are at the beach

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    There's a beautiful Duff for sale in the classifieds.

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    Recent Duff A5s are the best.

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    I'm going down tomorrow to check out the Red Diamond.
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    I see it's still there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    I see it's still there.
    Never made it down there. No yet, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Levine View Post
    Recent Duff A5s are the best.
    +1

    I could give yours a new home…….
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    I'm back!!!! I found the mandolin I was looking for. It's a 7/9/97 Flatiron A5 Artist, interestingly enough signed by Charlie Derrington. Got it at Carter Vintage a couple days ago for far under my 5K target. Previous owner outfitted it with Waverlys and a James tailpiece. Wicked good mando. I already own a '89 Carlson A5L and wanted something to complement that one. Maybe one day I'll get that Duff or Aleyas A5, maybe even a Dude 1A. Until then I'm pretty well set. Made on the same day as Monroe's....just not the same year. BUT I can say I have a July 9th. Thanks, everyone.
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    Kimble

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    Looks like a homerun! Congrats!!
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    Looks great, signed by one of the best, Waverly and James are good QoL upgrades. A lot to love. Enjoy!
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    Really nice. Yes, I agree, you can stop there and be very happy.

    Other folks have done a lot of nice recommendations.
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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    In case “MUST be an A5” means “COULD be an F5,” here is the link:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/172799#172799

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    All sound great preferred the Nugget and Hogan, the Gil was nice but to me a tinny bit more tinny.
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    Hi Cafe,

    Since posting this thread some months ago, I have shifted mandolins around and ended up with a 2020 Craig Wilson WA-5 AND.....a 2019 Duff A-5! The Wilson is a strong-sounding Griffith-style, and the Duff is unimaginably great. Paul Duff is soooo underpriced for what you get. Both mandolins are good enough to run with. The Wilson is LOUD with a chunky neck profile. The Duff is also loud, but more so in proper mandolin fundamentals, and has a thin neck, allowing even the Gb chord to be comfortable. Thanks for all the comments and input.
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    Duff wins!

    Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by UsuallyPickin View Post
    A Carlson period Gibson A5L , if you can find one.
    Another possibility is a pre-Gibson Flatiron A5. Mine is 83 and signed by Carlson FWIW.
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    I think a simple answer would be that any well-respected builder's A models would be as powerful as their F models. So, think of any highley regarded builder who has A models in the $5k range and assume they'll be pretty powerful instruments.

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    Kimble or Pomeroy.
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    THE WEBER YELLOWSTONE A14-F MANDOLIN, just to suggest something different.

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    It seems to me you’re describing a Skip Kelley. His A styles are well within your price range and are way on the loud, cutting, bluegrass-oriented side of the fence. I’m a tad biased because I’m hoping to get one someday, but man do those things bark.

    John Hamlet too. John dialed in my two point and it’s just killer. I remember him asking me what kind of music I play, and any tone specs. He, like most of our beloved independent luthiers, can pretty much make precisely what you would like.

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