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    Jim Hilburn strung this up the day before yesterday; I've been able to put it down just long enough to eat and sleep. #It keeps getting better and better and It's only two days old. #Stop by Camp Avalon sometime and check it out!
    --Drew Horton



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    Drew,

    Not having any luck with the download. Just my pc?

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    Let me try that one more time....
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    The headstock....
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    ...too bad Jim couldn't find any good wood for the back!
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    scroll envy?
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    STOP IT....STOP IT....
    Whew,,,I can't handle beauty like that. Great Job Jim!!!

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    Outstanding! Jim keeps making some stunning pieces, and this one is fabulous looking as well. The color scheme of the sunburst is so very nice, and the fern is superb. Think its a keeper? I bet. Congrats.

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    If Drew doesn't mind, I've got one more I'd like to post.
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    No, Jim, I don't mind. I just want to thank you again for building me this mandolin. It is truly a masterpiece. Now, where's my pick?
    --Drew

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    Jim, you are amazing man! Keep up the superb work! Mandolin Enthusiast, you are one lucky person! Enjoy!
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

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    ..absolutely stunning....how do these sound?....what is the over whelming sound quality?....woody...well balanced?.....and thats gotta be the prettiest fern inlay I have ever seen...whats the species of the abalone?....Ben..if you are reading this...thats what I want my fern to look like....




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    MAN!,

    you sure can make a beautiful mandolin
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    Thought you might like to see the Allen tailpiece.
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    Another beauty Jim!

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    Beautiful mandolin. If it sounds as good as your other Hilburn you are indeed a lucky guy. Congratulations on a fine mandolin built, Jim.

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    Jim,
    If'n you don't mind me askin' who engraved that tailpiece?

    Ben are you following this thread

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    Wow ... that is one beautiful mandolin. Now I want one!
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    I will say it over and over: Jim is the man to be watching! #I just can't get over your workmanship. #They are just flawless. #Plus, Hillburn is just a cool mandolin builder's name! #Very catchy! #How many compliments does it take for a free one Jim?



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

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    Well done Jim, love that 12th fret yin yang. French polish?

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    Beauty

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    I have just 3 words --

    Fab U Lous!!!! #

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    Jim- 3 more words- dee lish us- Howdja git that secret varnish so shiny? Hope you got at least an indoor lap pool fer this one!

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    Jim Hillburn is DA MAN!

    I have played one of these mandolins at Wintergrass a couple of years ago and it had exceptional tone.
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    Okay, it is now day 4 and I have played #30 for several hours over the past 3 days. The volume and tone are all I could ask for but will likely continue to improve. I've calmed down from the initial euphoria and am trying to be objective here; #30 is indeed one of the best sounding mandolins I've ever played (and I have played some of the good ones).

    Regarding the tailpiece question, it came from Randy Allen already engraved. It is a little gaudy for my taste at the present, but I expect once the "new" wears off it, it'll be just right. The design and workmanship are beautiful.
    I don't know enough about it to respond to the abalone spec. question. Jim?

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