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    I know many people here love the scroll on a F5 mandolin. I would have to admit I am one of them. But I am seriously thinking about selling my F5 and getting an A5 and a mandola as well.

    My question, who is building a great A5 mandolin as far as sound goes. I am not to worried about my mandolin looking the best. I want an A5 that just kicks butt in the tone and volume department. But I am going to narrow the price down a bit. I want a custom built mandolin in the price range of $1800-$2500. I greatly apreciate any help. Thanks and keep on pickin!

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    Keith Newell,John Hamlett,Skip Kelley,Laura Ratcliff and on and on. Lot of great talent here on the cafe'. I would suggest making a short list of the builders you like and go from there. If you are lucky you can locate and sample their work. I just joined the A club and I have absoutely no regrets. Lp

    Add one more local guy(your area) Gerald Anderson makes a KILLER A5. Russ Jordon had one at MerleFest that was nothing short of spectacular. Lp



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    After I posted, I was thinking about making a list because I know there are a lot of builders out there in that price range.

    So here is a list of mandolins I would consider:
    Pomeroy
    Ratcliff
    Anderson
    Daley
    Old Wave

    I'll even throw Gibson A9, Collings MT, and Flatiron on the list because I know they are quality built and from what I have heard sound pretty good.

    They only thing I am not sure about a lot of builders is the $2500 cap. Is a Kelley A5's under that?

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    John Hamletts A's are beautiful.

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    Some great choices, here is my A9

    Gibson A9
    Eastman 804D two point, blonde

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    Lotta good names mentioned already, but I would add Chris Baird "Arches Mandolins" to your list. His "A" is still in the price range you indicated.

    Best, fuzzy

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    I've got to get this plug in for the Weber Beartooth. (X-braced). This is their top-of-the-line "A" and my '99 is a fine mandolin. It has a more throaty chop than most mandolins I've heard. The Montana-built Flatiron A5 Artists (X-braced) are excellent, as well as the Gibson A5-L (tone bars) of that era. These are high quality instruments to be had without paying an arm and leg

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    I'll second fuzzy's recommendation of Chris Baird.
    Arches Mandolins
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

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    Here is his gallery of A-models. Nice stuff!

    A-Styles
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

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    Andy Poe of Driftwood Mandolins. He has an A in that price range up on his site right now. I have one of his and its hard to beat for playability and tone. Doesn't look half bad either

    driftwood mandolins



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    Quote Originally Posted by (Dfyngravity @ Dec. 18 2005, 17:36)
    I want an A5 that just kicks butt in the tone and volume department in the price range of $1800-$2500.
    Sorry to shorten your post, just making it smaller.

    But in this price range there is some kick butt F5's. Right now on ebay is a Nashville Flatiron Festival F5 for $1400. Nashville Flatiron Festival F5. Just a idea.
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    I'd buy 2 Eastman As and take a vacation with what's left over!

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    Referring to that Nashville Flatty on Ebay, why would someone want to regraduate and refin. a Nashville made Flatiron? Am I missing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by (mandoryan @ Dec. 19 2005, 12:41)
    Referring to that Nashville Flatty on Ebay, why would someone want to regraduate and refin. a Nashville made Flatiron? Am I missing something?
    And uglify it, too!

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    Bill Bussman with Old Wave will build you a killer A5 AND a mandola.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (ab4usa @ Dec. 19 2005, 14:22)
    Bill Bussman with Old Wave will build you a killer A5 AND a mandola.
    Well, either/or for $2,400 to $2,800. Not both, as nice as that would be!

    I'm still deliriously happy with my Arches A, which is the blonde at the bottom of the page MandoJeremy linked to. My MAS is now confined to oval hole instruments.




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    Just one year ago I got my Elliott A model and couldn't be happier. Ward Elliott's contact info is in the builder database. I would suggest just giving him a call to talk about the possibilities. He's a great person to work with.

    Mike

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