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    Just curious if any of you have seen the Watchhouse video on YouTube of the band playing Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." If you have, do you happen to know what mandolin that Andrew is playing on the song? It has such a rich, sweet sound and is a fine looking A-style instrument.

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    Default Re: Andrew Marlin's Mando on "Harvest Moon"

    Good question. My first thought was a Givens, but the peghead throws me off a bit.

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    I remember reading that it was a Givens kit assembled by an unknown builder, and youíre probably hearing a lot of Andrewís hands in that video:



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    That’s an older Nugget he owns.

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    Thats a different mandolin. The one in the "Harvest Moon" video has MOP inlayed in the peghead and a pickguard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    Thatís an older Nugget he owns.
    I didnít realize that Watchhouse had released a more recent video of the song.

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    Well, your guesses are gonna be better than mine. I can read letters, but I don't know my squiggles.

    It sure is a nice-sounding instrument. And it's a lovely tune. And let's not forget Emily, whose singing is perfect on this.

    Andrew's a member; he may pipe up. And there may be some info at their website, youtube channel, etc. I couldn't see any info at the website, but maybe someone can dig deeper, or email him. I did learn they released their album on my birthday, so that's nice.

    The camera angles and focus are in and out on the video. But just before the end, there's some clarity:

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    A better look at it here, about 5 min in....


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    That’s an older Nugget he owns.
    This and it sounds great. If I had as many nice mandolins as Andrew, I'd sound that good too...

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    Scott may know..if that's a Nugget it is a very early one. Jim from Colorado may know as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    A better look at it here, about 5 min in....
    Thanks for posting that. I would have been there in person if I could have gotten all my ducks in a row for my vacation/festival tour/road trip last summer. I love that little festival; it's done well by me time and time again. But my heart had other plans for me, and there was no way any sort of adventure of the type was possible. But here at least is their set.
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    I'm sure someone who knows will chime in. Does have the Givens vibe, even down to the tailpiece.

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    Am I seeing it right that it is not a raised fretboard?

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    looks like my old '82
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    Default Re: Andrew Marlin's Mando on "Harvest Moon"

    Yup, he's playing the early Nugget he got from Danny Gotham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanElk View Post
    looks like my old '82
    I'm impressed by the pick damage below the strings. I believe that demonstrates some serious enthusiasm in your playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    I'm impressed by the pick damage below the strings. I believe that demonstrates some serious enthusiasm in your playing.
    I always wondered how that wear pattern happened directly under the strings. That happened before I owned that Nugget...and I no longer own it. It was a great instrument, but with its Doug Fir top it was outrageously bright...almost harsh tonally...and I decided to let her after about a year
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    From Danny Gotham's website:

    Nugget A (#83, built by Mike Kemnitzer)
    I met Mike around 1980 or thereabouts during one of my trips to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. At that point, I had an inexpensive F5 copy. I became smitten with Nuggets when I saw Tim O'Brien playing one at the festival. I ended up staying in touch with Mike, and sometime around 1985 he wrote to me to tell me that someone was trading up to a fancier A model, and he said I could get this for $750. It took me a year or so to pay it off. I had it for many years after. When I made the acquaintance of Andrew Marlin around 2010 or thereabouts, he quickly became obsessed with it. As his career started soaring, he soon had the resources to buy most anything he wanted. I resisted his repeated efforts to try and buy it from me. Around 2017, some health issues made me begin to think about the necessity of having a will, and that in turn made me think about what would ultimately happen with all of my instruments. To make a (very) long story short, Andrew is now the owner. As is the case with the Baird mandolin, I am at peace with the fact that it is now in the right hands.

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    Thanks, y'all. I love the sound of that mandolin on Watchhouse's "Harvest Moon"; and, of course, I have loved everything that Mandolin Orange/Watchhouse has done. Emily's voice on this song is about as good as it gets.

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