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    SCARY good!

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    I've had a few and they sure are.
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    I have a couple (one used to belong to the guy above who's had a few). Good tone for sure. Woody. Loud.

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    So....what motivates owners to sell? the growing realization of unworthiness, or the prospect of purchasing another? That last one would be a good motivation in my book, but I thought I'd ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Biorkman View Post
    I've had a few and they sure are.
    How's the action on that 2007 Tempurpedic Chris? ;0)

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    I have an A4 and a mandola and enjoy them both. An ff hole Kimble of some variation is very high on my MAS list!

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    among the finest new instruments being made today, And I wouldn't be selling mine were it not for a recent Gilchrist purchase, along with a slightly annoyed spouse. See it in the classifieds!

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    do you guys get a commission ?

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    David Grisman plays a kimble mandola, Mike Guggino plays both a kimble f5 and mandola, Phil Barker plays an f5 kimble, Mark Schimmick (Larry Keel) plays an a5, Butch Baldassari was an endorser and had a pro model...thats several pro, touring mandolin players who have "drank the koolaid"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhduncan View Post
    David Grisman plays a kimble mandola, Mike Guggino plays both a kimble f5 and mandola, Phil Barker plays an f5 kimble, Mark Schimmick (Larry Keel) plays an a5, Butch Baldassari was an endorser and had a pro model...thats several pro, touring mandolin players who have "drank the koolaid"
    like throwing those names out mean anything . are we all going to buy eastman dgm's cause it has grismans name on it ? kimble's are probably fine instruments but none of the preceding opinions have any merit as far as i am concerned .if i do not know you then your opinion means nothing to me . i have never heard of any of these other people/players you refer to but if you want to get on your knees and lick their boots go right ahead . i will make up my own mind and be damned what any one else thinks !

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    We're owners and/or fans commenting on a builder whose instruments we enjoy and appreciate. No one is twisting your arm to buy one. What's your issue?

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    If you're dropping names, I play one, too!

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    One more name for you Rico....Andy Statman.

    If you've truly never heard any of the players mentioned, I'd catch the next ferry off that island and experience the world.

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    like Highland Strings, Red Diamond, BRW, and Buckeye Mandolins, built in Ohio!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rico mando View Post
    like throwing those names out mean anything . are we all going to buy eastman dgm's cause it has grismans name on it ? kimble's are probably fine instruments but none of the preceding opinions have any merit as far as i am concerned .if i do not know you then your opinion means nothing to me . i have never heard of any of these other people/players you refer to but if you want to get on your knees and lick their boots go right ahead . i will make up my own mind and be damned what any one else thinks !
    What's your problem? Who is licking anyone's boots? That's the most ridiculous post I've read in quite a long time. Lol
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    Dang, Rico. Chill out....I don't understand your choice to be offended at the fact that instrument/luthier is being bragged on. I am often too busy to check out what's going on out there, and it is usually old news by the time it gets around to me. Other players, whom you choose not to acknowledge, seem to agree with us on this. You don't? That's your right, but I'm with Biorkman...who is licking anyone's boots around here?

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    Kimble`s are fine mandolin...But what gets me is that if we were to get on here and bash a builder and the mandolins he makes the thread would get cancelled right quickly....

    Everyone has the right to his/her own opinions and to select what ever he wants as far a buying a mandolin, what I like may not be what you like etc.... Both side of this should chill oput a little and not get all up tight.....

    No, I don`t own a Kimble but have played one or two and they were fine instruments, not the best I have played but not far from it....

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    I don't know if the pros' opinions mean anything, but Andy Statman let me try his Kimble F, and I have to say it was the best mandolin I have ever played (I admit to being of limited mandolin experience, but I have played a Stradivarius violin). Just gorgeous.
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    These mandolins speak for themselves by virtue of their performance, track record, and the price they demand.
    They do not need anyone here to tout them, they tout themselves.
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    A picture's worth 1,000 words, check out Will's Facebook page linked above.
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    I've been a long time admirer of Will mandolins, but I've never played one. I would love one of his A's. Anybody know what the current pricing on his A's are? I heard Mike Guggino's F5 many times up close and personal at several shows and I always leave the building with a case of MAS. I could settle for an F don't get me wrong, but an A would do me fine and probably fit my budget a little better. Lead me to the boots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtuna View Post
    I've been a long time admirer of Will mandolins, but I've never played one. I would love one of his A's. Anybody know what the current pricing on his A's are?...
    I had an e-mail correspondence with Will back in January about the possibility of commissioning one of his AO oval hole mandolins. At that time, his pricing for that model was as follows:
    * Basic design with Stew-Mac Golden Age tuners: $4,200
    * Triple bound headstock and fingerboard: $4,500
    * Add Waverly tuners: $4,900
    Price included a Steve Smith (Cumberland Acoustic) bridge, a Bill James tailpiece, and a shaped TKL case.
    Estimated delivery time was 9-12 months.
    I don't know about the pricing on his f-Hole A model (which he simply calls "A"), but I'd think it would be about the same.
    BTW, here is a photo album for Will's AO #167. This mandolin would fall into his "basic design" category ($4,200).
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    I met Will yesterday at IBMA. He is a very nice young man and I can tell you he is building killer mandolins (and I have played most from Gils to Gibson Master Models). The A model I played yesterday was an outstanding instrument in tone, volume, fit, and finish. Absolutely perfect setup. Beautiful burst and gorgeous wood selections. You can confer with Will to get detailed pricing, but he quoted me $4,900 with Waverlys and $4,600 with Elites (this is for an A Model). This puts his A's right in line with Mr. Ellis A's and the MT2v....all varnished A models respected for great tone and power. I played Mr. Ellis's A's yesterday as well and they are fabulous, but I would be hard pressed to choose between the Kimble and the Ellis..both just top flight! The Black-faced A at Mr. Ellis's booth was the most powerful mandolin on the table (IMHO). That one is for sale at Fiddler Green if you interested. I'll save my conversation with Mr. Ellis for another post.

    Back to Kimble A mandolins....I want one! Oh, I almost forgot...I am drinking the Kimble Koolaid!
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    Kimble mandolins are fun to play! Super nice guy, too.

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