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    Hi everyone,

    Been meaning to post about a new (mandolin) baby for over a week now, but with teaching, gigging, and an 8 month (human) baby, time keeps getting away from me.

    Let me start with a quick prologue. Back in 2014, I was about to move to Boston for grad school and I was excited to check out the Music Emporium because I had spent years looking at the instruments on their website. When I first arrived in MA, I saw a really unique mandolin on their site, as did a few folks on the Cafe, because it is mentioned in some older forum boards. It had a subtle, two-point body and the most exquisite inlay I had ever seen. This mandolin was built by Doug Unger of Ohio and I was obsessed with the pictures on TME's page. Unfortunately I never played it as it was gone by the first chance I had to make it to the Music Emporium.

    Fast forward to last month and I happened to see the same mandolin back on the market and was able to become its new caretaker. It's taking some getting used to as it has a mandola-like heft to the neck. Even with the larger neck, I find it really comfortable to play as I spend a lot of time playing clawhammer banjo and guitar too. It is really starting to wake up as I get the feeling it hasn't been played a ton over its first decade of life.

    Here's a low-fi laptop video of it I was able to make when I student didn't show up for their lesson today. I'm sure I'll make a better video in the future!

    Cheers!

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    I believe that mandolin, if it is the same one, belonged to a friend of mine who passed away a few years back. He was a very famous landscape painter, originally from Gloucester, Mass....who later lived on Monhegan Island for years, and then settled in Exeter, NH. He was a great guy, and quite the talented banjo player too. He had quite a collection of Doug's banjos too.

    Enjoy the mandolin.
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    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. If it belonged to your artist friend from Gloucester, MA that is a coincidence because I'm originally from Gloucester in the UK.

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    I'd say that would be a happy coincidence then.
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    Congrats and beautiful looks and tone on that mando. Fine picking on Homer the Roamer too. Enjoy!
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    What a fine mandolin! I love it!
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    My friends in Ohio are good friends with Doug who I believe is still around doing art and playing music and maybe even building instruments. I have seen a few of his instruments on sale IIRC at Elderly, Bernunzio or TME.

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    That is one great looking and sounding mandolin. I'll have to look for "Homer the Roamer". Very nicely played btw. Thank you!!

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    Thank you all for the kind comments. I really love playing it and feels more and more like home every day. A friend of mine is a former student of Mr. Unger's and gave me his contact info. I hope to reach out to him soon to try to learn more about the mandolin. Here is a picture that does the mandolin much more justice than my previous video. I believe Andy at TME took this picture a few years back Click image for larger version. 

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    At the Goldendale Pickers Festival last month there was a player who had one of those and I was thoroughly impressed by it. That thing sang and was clear as a bell and surprisingly loud, given its size. Enjoy it!
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