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    I wonder if these positions would be easier to fill if there was a means to obtain the training without sacrificing livelihood to attend one of the very few (unpaid) apprenticeship opportunities and/or years of making mistakes in your basement. There's not exactly a development track for wannabe mandolin makers outside of this method. Until there is, I doubt they'll find luthiers here.

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    They are looking for experienced mandolin luthiers. I don’t know how many builders who would give up their own building to move to Lewiston, Maine and work in a shop that has pretty high turnover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    They are looking for experienced mandolin luthiers. I don’t know how many builders who would give up their own building to move to Lewiston, Maine and work in a shop that has pretty high turnover.
    My thoughts exactly. And one has to wonder how much longer the Maine shop will be here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainer73 View Post
    My thoughts exactly. And one has to wonder how much longer the Maine shop will be here.
    Only as long as Eastman needs Dana to participate, or when his contract with them ends. Mrs. Bourgeois is a corporate attorney, so I am sure the terms were negotiated so that he has an exit strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Only as long as Eastman needs Dana to participate, or when his contract with them ends. Mrs. Bourgeois is a corporate attorney, so I am sure the terms were negotiated so that he has an exit strategy.
    I'm sure. It was a rhetorical question anyway. 🤣

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    Have prices been announced for Bourgeois mandolins?

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    The second post on this thread indicates The A is $2699 for an A-style. Ouch. That's a lot of money - certainly pushing into Northfield territory.

    I think by the time you actually see any the price will be closer to $3k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    The second post on this thread indicates The A is $2699 for an A-style. Ouch. That's a lot of money - certainly pushing into Northfield territory.

    I think by the time you actually see any the price will be closer to $3k.
    Hard to compare without one in our hands, but for 3K you can get a mint Collings A with some extra options.

    I paid 1800 for a beat up MT, 4 years ago and has been the best money I have spent on Mandolins.

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    Yes, 4 years ago, you could get a Collings MT2 for around $3k. Now that they are in short supply and over $5k new, you might be able to get an MT, used, for $3k. I think that Bourgeois is pricing themselves into the market just under Northfield's M model. If they can sustain the price (which I think is going to be hard to do) and can get dealers on board, and the quality is consistent, then they might be able to mark a presence in the market, but that is a big if, and it will be heavily dependent on materials costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starrbri View Post
    Hard to compare without one in our hands, but for 3K you can get a mint Collings A with some extra options.
    And you can also get a new basic Northfield F-5, if the scroll matters.

    Based only on the two demo videos that I have seen, although I generally like the sound of Bourgeois' guitars over Collings', I can't say that the tone of the Bourgeois A mando beats either the Collings MT or the Northfield F-5 --- and I like the Northfield Big Mon, but not really their standard F-5. I'm not even sure that it beats the tone of an 800-level Eastman, which would be a bit cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starrbri View Post
    Hard to compare without one in our hands, but for 3K you can get a mint Collings A with some extra options.
    The street price appears to be right around $2,400 with most shops offering free shipping. A couple of weeks ago I picked up an early "catch & release" Bourgeois mandolin at a discounted price. I'm not experienced enough to give a full review, but I can say that it's a beautiful instrument with a nice balanced, even tone. And it can get loud. I have a Collings MT and it is overall better sounding, but as others have said, that instrument today, new, is more expensive. I recently sold an Eastman 815 and feel the Bourgeois is a far better instrument.
    I contacted Bourgeois to see if this instrument had a bolt on neck, like Bourgeois guitars and was told no, it's a traditional dovetail joint.
    I guess the best compare and contrast would be with a Northfield M which fits into that price point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Jordan View Post
    In his hands, the mandolin sounds great to me.

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