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Old 11-08-2017, 09:46 AM
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Of all the instruments I have owned, the one I have had the longest is a Harmony mandolin. I am incapable of the self delusion needed to think it is a great mandolin but it does have a unique sound and is fun to play.
I am right there with you HHP! My Monterey is clearly not a great mandolin, but it has that old-timey, honky tonk, "Low Fi" voice that works with the stuff I play.

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If cost is not an issue, no question Collings. It will play better and be more responsive tonally. At first, they will all sound like dropping silverware on a hardwood floor, but the Collings will get you out of that sooner.
Best advice in the entire thread IMHO. I started with The Loar VS220. After 6 months I had the opportunity to snag a used Collings MT2. And I couldn't understand the price difference at all for many more months. I almost sold it, but fortunately I didn't and I totally get it now. Part of the problem is that the newbie tends to treat it like a small guitar, and you can get out of the blocks fast with that mentality. But you won't make it to the next level that way. The mandolin requires rethinking picking technique quite a bit. And it takes a while to realize that. At least it did with me.
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Thank you all. I sincerely appreciated the time you took to respond and your advice. I bought the Eastman
Interesting. Black Friday is still 2 weeks out. Christmas even further. I need to know how you do it. I'm going to get a bunch of stuff i don't even want.
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An Irish Bouzouki got ordered here last night.....I'll be staying home on Black Friday.....
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Interesting. Black Friday is still 2 weeks out. Christmas even further. I need to know how you do it. I'm going to get a bunch of stuff i don't even want.
One night she said, how come you don't have a mandolin?

I said, just haven't got around to it.

She said, I think they're pretty.

I said, there are a couple at the shop I've looked at. Both are great deals.

She said, pick one and we'll make it Christmas gift.

I said, I love you.


It has to stay in the case until Christmas morning.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:40 AM
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Ah, I thought you married an angel, until that last sentence.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:14 AM
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One night she said, how come you don't have a mandolin?

I said, just haven't got around to it.

She said, I think they're pretty.

I said, there are a couple at the shop I've looked at. Both are great deals.

She said, pick one and we'll make it Christmas gift.

I said, I love you.


It has to stay in the case until Christmas morning.
One night I said, "why don't you have an old Gibson?"

I said, " Don't know, just haven't found one yet"

So I said, "Elderly has a bunch of them"

Then I said, "OK, I'll get one"

I replied, "And play the crap out of as soon as it gets here"
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collings over eastman any day all day generally.
but if you played them both you never know.
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