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    Quote Originally Posted by fatt-dad View Post
    Don't get the bridge and tailpiece modifications when it remains with the ebony nut!
    He has retained and offered the originals . . .
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    This is very interesting, and very, very tempting....

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/126533#126533

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    Mary is killin' me! I want the Koa!

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    Indeed. At least I am not at all tempted by the two Fender mandolins on offer from Montana Lutherie. But that hardly makes up for the temptation of those pancakes (though, also not a fan of the pancake with pickguard look, so that one is safe).

    Has she been selling these things all along? Were old pancakes ever for sale from the Weber website?

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    It's like deja vu all over again. . .

    Here it is! Back from an MOP inlay to remove the strap button and setup, the 1N to replace my other 1N. This one's an '83, so one year older. Much less wear too! Plays/sounds great! Just love it all over again! Even with the original gold 5-latch case!

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    Congratulations, F-D on your new addition. 1N+1N=2N, yes? And I sincerely I hope it was a compulsive purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Congratulations, F-D on your new addition. 1N+1N=2N, yes? And I sincerely I hope it was a compulsive purchase.
    (it was)

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    F-D w/o a Pancake is just wrong on many levels. Glad to see this thread still up and moving!

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    Yes! I compulsively read this venerable thread.
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    So, I'm now officially in. Just picked up an '83 1N from Willie's American Guitars in St. Paul, MN. Guess it doesn't help to have a great shop between work and home.<G> Somewhat of an impulse purchase. Didn't need another mandolin. But after picking it up and starting in on Sakkijarven Polkka my wife knew it was only a matter of when, not if, I was buying it. She loves the volume and tone. And a nice contrast to my vintage Gibson A's.

    A side note - the label on this one states it's by Backporch Productions. Noticed a few pages earlier that a slightly later '83 1N doesn't have that on the label. So we can see where the transition period is.

    Came with the chipboard case. But will probably use an Eastman gigbag most of the time. Of course, it'll mainly sit out on a stand at home. The neck shape just seems to be calling to me to play it.

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    You guys are making me wish I didn't sell mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    You guys are making me wish I didn't sell mine.
    Don't get too hung up on it. You ended up moving it to get a better instrument. Nothing wrong with that. It's not like these are really rare and expensive. That's part of the fun. Like the Strad-O-Lin. Funky and different and something that can go to the beach, a jam, or even a gig.

    Plus, I just got mine yesterday, so have to talk it up. Still in the honeymoon phase.
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    Wow! I didn't know these things had such a following, much less risen in value like that.

    I bought my Flatiron 2MC from GC back in '96? for $275 ish. Looks like its a post-Gibson, pre-Nashville version.... stamped with 'the Flatiron' on the headstock, and sticker says made in Belgrade, MT. But the tailpiece cover is all Gibson (except not engraved). Started playing mando, then marriage/house/life happened and I didn't come back to playing until I found my Flatiron sitting forlornly in the corner about three years ago. It is a great little screamer - but it may be screaming from the D'Addario strings. I'll have to try the GHS A250s instead.

    After reading this thread, treated it to a sturdier TKL case instead of the original chipboard. :D

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    One of those 1 Ns was the first flat top mandolin I played. Should have bought it for $500. Makes the second tier of should have bought it regrets.
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    I also read this thread on a regular basis. My 1983 2MB continues to be the mandolin that is always within reach, travels around the country, and in different areas of the world. It has busked in New Orleans, Budapest, Vienna, Galway, Aruba, Jamaica, Boulder, etc..
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    they go anywhere!

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    (last month in Frisco, NC)

    During this time of the year, my 1N is always entertaining the neighborhood too! I just walk about the yard playing random fiddle tunes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khatarlan View Post
    Wow! I didn't know these things had such a following, much less risen in value like that.

    I bought my Flatiron 2MC from GC back in '96? for $275 ish. Looks like its a post-Gibson, pre-Nashville version.... stamped with 'the Flatiron' on the headstock, and sticker says made in Belgrade, MT. But the tailpiece cover is all Gibson (except not engraved). Started playing mando, then marriage/house/life happened and I didn't come back to playing until I found my Flatiron sitting forlornly in the corner about three years ago. It is a great little screamer - but it may be screaming from the D'Addario strings. I'll have to try the GHS A250s instead.

    After reading this thread, treated it to a sturdier TKL case instead of the original chipboard. :D

    K'hat
    It was nice to meet you at the Marietta Square Jam the other night!... Hope to see you (and your 2MC) there again soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Thanks, F-D! I never heard of Charles Morrison and did not know that he was the originator of the Flatiron mandolin. I knew of them later when Mandolin Brothers first carried them in NY.
    Here's a little more info on the subject of Flatiron Mandolins startup and early days.

    https://zetaviolins.com/steve-carlson

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    Thanks for that link Steve.
    I met Chuck M. in Boulder a few years ago when he was working on a presentation on early luthiery in the Boulder area. He told me the Flatiron story but this article really fills in the blanks.

    Also wanted to mention that the first time I saw Tim and Mollie O'Brien play the Boulder Theater in support of their first album Tim was playing a Flatiron pancake octave. Surely led to the creation of the Nugget octave which led to me and many more building them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Carlson View Post
    Here's a little more info on the subject of Flatiron Mandolins startup and early days.

    https://zetaviolins.com/steve-carlson

    Best,
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    Thanks, Steve. I bought one of your very first A5-2s from Mandolin Brothers in 1983. I still have it and play it quite often. I contacted you via telephone (pre-cell and pre-email) soon after that to see if you would build me a carved mandola, but it would have taken another year and a half and I needed to get a good instrument—there were fewer of thse than even decent mandolins in those days.

    BTW I love this souped-up early Morrison Flatiron. Love that soundhole.

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    Spencer - I plan on coming back to Marietta Square for more jams.... but this time with a strap and a chair!

    Playing my Flatiron with no strap - and on one leg - makes for a great story, but not great music

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    Late ‘70s, Boulder, Colorado, working as a geologist! Ah, the memories. . .

    My first awareness of Hot Rize!

    Had my Kay. It took a while for me to upgrade!

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