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    Well, maybe. . .

    Here they are, best I can photograph.

    clockwise from upper left: My first mandolin, a Kay; an '84 Flatiron 1N (my current beach mandolin); '23 Gibson A2Z; '84 Flatiron A5-1; '12 Muth A-5; '12 Cohen A5; '20 Gibson A3; the IV kit (my second beach mandolin); the retired Romanian-made "Montana" (my first beach mandolin).

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    I love most of them (that neck joint on that IV kit and the Montana).

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    That Flatiron is just a boss!
    A great collection.

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    Woo hoo! Alot to love there.
    Indulge responsibly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzman13 View Post
    That Flatiron is just a boss!
    A great collection.
    I've enjoyed my Flatiron for quite a few years, but am not the original owner.

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    ˇpapá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!

    '20 A3, '30 L-1, '97 914, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5, '14 OM28A

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    oops! double post
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    WW ! !

    They're terrific.

    Since I have premonitions, I now predict that within 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, and 7 hours you will contract a severe bout of scroll envy and feel compelled to acquire an equal number of F-styles. And then, of course (but I can't predict when), you will enter your bowlback period.
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    Geez Fattdad, I thought I had a problem.
    I hear they have a 12 step program. But, I think you need 12 mandolins to start.
    That's a Phatt collection.
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    Quite a collection!!

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    Why am I thinking about a batch of fresh-baked cookies? Yummm....
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    Congratulations Fats! Nice collection.

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    Do you intend to pass these down to your children?
    If so, do you have any unmarried daughters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John McCoy View Post
    WW ! !

    They're terrific.

    Since I have premonitions, I now predict that within 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, and 7 hours you will contract a severe bout of scroll envy and feel compelled to acquire an equal number of F-styles. And then, of course (but I can't predict when), you will enter your bowlback period.
    At the end of which you will leave the state of marital bliss and become a free man!

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    Sure, you keep telling yourself, maybe someday you'll really believe it. Till then, you keep telling your wife that, maybe she'll quit needling you.

    Now, I give you credit for at least saying so, and for amassing a nice range of instruments, even if they are all A styles, and even more so for having a white face - but no black face? No cherry finish? No Sheraton brown? And then, no F styles or bowlbacks? No mandolas, mandocellos, or OMs? No banjolins or steels? No electrics? Need I go on?

    Well, of course, if you're satisfied with this .... good for you!
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    I am not a man prone to envy, but if I were it wouldn't be over mandolins but because F-D apparently gets to go to the beach so often.

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    Are you going to build an extra room on the house to keep'em in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Now, I give you credit for at least saying so, and for amassing a nice range of instruments, even if they are all A styles, and even more so for having a white face - but no black face? No cherry finish? No Sheraton brown? And then, no F styles or bowlbacks? No mandolas, mandocellos, or OMs? No banjolins or steels? No electrics? Need I go on?
    Its a collection - not an assemblage. Besides, its a work in progress.

    Seriously, FD shows some real good taste there. And, if he is not at work or at church, he better be playing music. Its not like he can't lay his hands on a mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Its a collection - not an assemblage. Besides, its a work in progress.
    Not sure what the distinction is ... ... but the main relevant factor is its completeness. Alleged completeness, that is. I have a feeling he may be just taking a bit of a breather from collecting, and is meanwhile presenting his collection in its current state of "completion." We shall see. There is certainly plenty enough to enjoy without adding more. But should he wish to continue, I had a few suggestions ...
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    I showed these photos to my wife and said, "See, honey? It could be worse!"

    Honestly, I don't know what the heck it is with this instrument. I played violin for years and only wanted one. I played harmonica for years and only got a few keys and a chromatic. Then I pick up the mandolin and *POW* two years later I have the things hanging all over the house, many in varioius states of disrepair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory Tidwell View Post
    I showed these photos to my wife and said, "See, honey? It could be worse!"
    That's exactly my sentiment. I tell my wife for a mid-life crisis (on my part) she is getting off easy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory Tidwell View Post
    Honestly, I don't know what the heck it is with this instrument. I played violin for years and only wanted one. I played harmonica for years and only got a few keys and a chromatic. Then I pick up the mandolin and *POW* two years later I have the things hanging all over the house, many in various states of disrepair.
    Me too. I was totally satisfied for 30 years with one fiddle, one acoustic 6 string, one acoustic 12 string and one electric guitar. All acquired before I was married. Then I take up mandolin, and now its 2 mandos, one mandola, 2 OM's, a mandocello, one electric mando, and 2 violas (one is 5-string).

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    Nah, I always was a collector. Stamps, coins, vintage postcards, instruments. Mostly I play a core group of instruments: maybe 2 carved top mandolins, one bowlback, a couple of Gibson flattops, one fiddle and one 5 string banjo. I obviously own a lot more but mainly if I had to sell off the others I would want yo keep the core group. of course, it is more fun to have the full herd and roam among them, a shepherd to my music.
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    I do have a supportive wife. Please also bear in mind the IV kit, the Kay (given to me in 8th grade) and the Montana (worthless) are just wall hangers. I also maintain a mandolin fund, which is kept in balanced mutual funds. It took a bath a few years back, but the gains of the last few years has helped. I'd say the mandolins that I actually have real money in would cost way less than a Gibson Master Model or such. I know it's under 10 large. My mandolin fund is quickly becoming my new car fund. . .

    I just like to document things like this and thought I'd share. I do like to play them though!

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    Hi F-D,

    They're gorgeous! How do you store them? Do you lock them away in their cases, or do you have a way to display them? If only some are on display, do you rotate the 'show'? I think they should be on display. They really are works of visual art as well as practical instruments. Congratulations on the beautiful collection. Keep growing it, it gives the rest of us something to aspire to.

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    Very impressive, I'd love to sample all of them. Is there any chance you could present a sound comparison for us to enjoy?

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    I keep all of them in cases all the time. There are two exceptions, I hang the Kay and the Montana on my living room wall next to two or three baritone ukuleles. One of them is in my lap each day though.

    I have thought of a Gil Model 1, but figure the A2Z is in the same ball park. Then again. . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiderider View Post
    Very impressive, I'd love to sample all of them. Is there any chance you could present a sound comparison for us to enjoy?
    I'm actually working to get some time in our church to play a few in such a large space. Maybe then? I really do want to see how they resonate in our old church and have a dude that's nuts about recording to capture the event.

    Whether you enjoy the noodlings of a hobbiest is another question.

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