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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    A couple of weeks ago a stunning, used, Girouard oval A with a sinker-redwood top showed up in the classifieds. I think it was gone in 15 minutes.
    Here’s a new one with the magic cedar top:

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    This Girouard followed me home a few months ago. Yes, the cedar top does have magical qualities!

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    I had the opportunity to play pretty extensively the Girourard that’s for sale at the Music Emporium while Max still had it in his shop. It is an excellent oval hole mandolin and just an awesome mandolin in general. In my limited experience it’s the best new oval I have played. I have a 1921 A2 and briefly owned a Campanella A440 and have also played a handful of Collings MT-0’s and a Pava Oval hole (plus many vintage). The new Girourard does an excellent job in my opinion of straddling the best of both worlds tone wise between older instruments and new with a great mix of bass and boom bit with fantastic clarity, sustain and overall playability. I find a lot of modern ovals to be close in tone to F hole mandolins and I personally want a very different vibe sonically when I go for an oval. I think whoever goes for that new Girourard mandolin is going to have a lot fun and make some great sounds with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Here’s a new one with the magic cedar top:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/194556#194556
    And it's gone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Barnicoat View Post
    I find a lot of modern ovals to be close in tone to F hole mandolins and I personally want a very different vibe sonically when I go for an oval. I think whoever goes for that new Girourard mandolin is going to have a lot fun and make some great sounds with it.
    I appreciate this perspective, as I have not been impressed by a handful of hybrid ovals and perhaps have been too quick to make a hasty generalization and write off the possibility altogether.
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    I have two oval holes. An epiphone mm40L and a Washburn M1SDB1. Many here would dismiss them - pac rim ‘budget’ instruments. But I find them both excellent. The F style epiphone has a warmer tone to the a style Washburn but both have great tone. Once setup properly fantastic playability. I keep thinking to upgrade the epi, but there’s nothing I’ve played that I like quite as much.
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    I just received an email from Northfield saying that this Northfield F2S is on its way to Fiddlers Green Music Shop. Looks like a beauty especially with that sunburst flamed maples pickguard.

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    Default Re: Modern Oval Holes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I just received an email from Northfield saying that this Northfield F2S is on its way to Fiddlers Green Music Shop. Looks like a beauty especially with that sunburst flamed maples pickguard.
    That is a beauty. Did they give any specs? If it's not a wide nut, I might be interested.

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