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    Mike sent these to me the other day. This isn't mine, but I am in on the next batch. Thought some might enjoy. Interesting tailpiece. Graphite nut? I will ask Mike.

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    I donīt Like it
    I donīt want it
    I do not suffer MAS

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    Default Re: Nugget Ajr

    The tailpiece is interesting.

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    I am also on Lynn's list for a 1-A sometime in 2014. These are some pics he sent me yesterday.Click image for larger version. 

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    This one is mine, should be delivered next week. Gilchrist Model 1. So in about 2 years I should have a nice little "budget" collection. Does Monteleone do a 'junior" type mandolin? Click image for larger version. 

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    Anyone else with "jr" mandos please feel free to add photos to this thread. I think the jr concept is cool.

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    I know what the Gilchrists go for... I did consider one but if I did I would go for the slightly upscale one for another $1000. My preference would also be for the oval hole. How much is Nugget getting for his Ajr?
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    Jim, what is model slightly above the Model 1? I do not like to discuss pricing, you are better off calling Mike, but let's just say it is between 7 and $8K.

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    sgrexa, that just isn't fair!

    Wow, you'll have some killer A's. You let me know if you're down in NC and need some help pickin them.

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    "budget" collection
    Ha ha...

    I don't love the look of that Nugget tailpiece that much, but it is a beautiful instrument.
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    That Nugget with a long scale would make my heart go pitter patter. Love the look of the graphite nut. Wonder what if the proposed tuning improvement of graphite outweighs any tonal differences?

    Also that tailpiece is such that there appears to be more opportunity for unwanted string noise behind the bridge?

    Does anybody know if I Mike Marshall has a graphite nut on his Loar? Whatever it is it's dark in color.

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    Well I am not getting any younger and my 401K has averaged about 4% over the last ten years so I started thinking about "alternative" investments and this "budget", or "junior" collection for lack of a better term seemed like a good idea. I can play and enjoy them the rest of my life and then my children can hopefully do the same.

    Regarding the nut, I am not sure if it is graphite, corian or some other material. I sent Mike a message about it and will post his reply. Whatever it is, I am sure he is using it for a reason. Same goes with the tailpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    That Nugget with a long scale
    Not sure what you mean by "long scale"? That is a typical 14" scale (maybe 13 7/8", I can ask Mike). You mean the shortened fingerboard? I can't really use those notes anyway. Only person who can is probably Thile.

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    Do you know, and if you do not know could you find out if both the Dude jr and the Nugget jr have the "hump" instead of the traditional neck joint.

    Post 75 on this thread shows what I mean: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/at...5&d=1260910919
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    I believe the Dude uses a traditional neck joint, as does Nugget, but am not 100% sure. I am not sure how many, if any at all, Jrs are in circulation yet. Sandy Munroe was waiting on the latest batch and might even have one for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgrexa View Post
    Jim, what is model slightly above the Model 1? I do not like to discuss pricing, you are better off calling Mike, but let's just say it is between 7 and $8K.
    Sean: There was a fancier model called the Model 1 before the more scaled down ones that were sold thru Gruhn over the last few years. I friend of mine has one.

    I respect that about the price. Sorry about that... I should not have asked. I had some emails with Sandy Munro. I will check when I get home. I was specifically looking for an oval short necked copy of a Gibson, very much like Gilchrists and IIRC Nugget does not make those. I will report back for sure after checking my emails.
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    I have Nugget #277, an Ajr prototype. I like it so much that I put my Nugget F5 up for sale.

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    Jim, if you have a link to any pics or threads I would be interested to see what you are talking about. What is IIRC Nugget? Also, if you are looking for a really good oval hole, you should consider Peter Coombe. That is his bag, and I deeply regret selling two of his instruments years back. I think the wait time is reasonable too these days.

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    Tom, can you answer the fingerboard question above? Do you have any pics you can post?

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    Hi Sean, kinda comes full circle. I had a Nugget A; I made a few copies; you bought one (still have it?) ; I sold my Nugget ; you bought one.

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    for way less money than y'all are thinking of spending on a "stripped down" master-made mando you could get a full blown bells and whistle model made by any number of stellar makers... both 2 point and/or A models. i'm sure you can figure out who "they" are. for under 6K you'll get an outrageous instrument. not trying to discourage the other route, just sayin'...

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    Sorry for the poor quality, taken on my Iphone. What was the fingerboard question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgrexa View Post
    Not sure what you mean by "long scale"? That is a typical 14" scale (maybe 13 7/8", I can ask Mike). You mean the shortened fingerboard? I can't really use those notes anyway. Only person who can is probably Thile.

    I'm no expert so maybe someone else can chime in here. I think a typical F5 or A5 would have 13 15/16.

    Small difference but I can notice it just like on a guitar I can notice a short scale Gibson vs. a Martin.

    Regardless best of luck with the new instruments Sean! Keep us posted please.

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    @ Dobe, Dave is that you?! I still have pics of that mando, but no, I do not own it. A perfectly fine mandolin as I recall, but you know how it goes!

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    Tom, thank you for the pics. Mike K. is partial to this finish for his Ajrs and I am too. Love it! The finger board question seems to be whether or not it is a traditional floating one or some type of hybrid type of setup. I am not sure why this matters, but some seem to want to know. Anyone else have jr pics? Please post!

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