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Title: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on December 09, 2010, 02:17:37 AM
 :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance  :bowdown:

Since I've been moaning about a mandolin sub forum, I guess I have to write something now  :winkin:

Well, we might as well take a roll call of who plays mandolin and what they have ... of course pictures are more than welcome. 

I picked up a lightly used Larrivee A-33 mandolin just over a year ago and since then my guitars have been collecting dust.  Coming from guitar, it felt very natural and logical the way the fretboard is set up ~ meaning it wasn't that difficult to get pleasing sounds out of it (without hitting wrong notes).  I picked a Larrivee mandolin because I came full circle with guitars after playing many "high end" and expensive guitars it between my first and now present Larrivee guitar.  The only mandolin I played before picking up the Larrivee was my son's Breedlove, which is a fine mandolin and he likes it a lot.  Over the past year I've played quite a few different mandolins, but nothing that made me want to trade my A-33.  One day I'd like to get an oval hole, but I'm happy with what I have right now.

So what do you have and/or want?

John
(http://denmankayaks.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/dsc03994.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: SMan on December 09, 2010, 02:30:32 AM
I have one but not really much of a player on it. Fun though.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on December 09, 2010, 03:27:47 AM
Right now I have a mando mad by a local madman that I'd post a pix but I can't shrink it but its on my website.I use to own a 1920 Gibson A1 that was the most wonderful mando I ever played but cost of living forced me to sell a few years ago.I find that I prefer oval hole A style's over the F style and if I come into more money one day I'll more then likely add a Larrivee mando with the oval soundhole.Or maybe another old Gibson.I have owned Kent A style.Tyler Mt F,A style's also octive mando which was amazing over the years.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Digdog on December 09, 2010, 04:28:21 PM
Yes sir  I love those mandolins. Presently I own a Weber Bighorn mando and a Eastman 615 mandola. Talk about the ultimate travel stringed instrument along side of an ukulele . I've yet to see any Larrivee mandolins in my area but i'm sure there NO KA OI, THE BEST. On my wish list is a oval hole mandola. Will try to get some pics up but always have a tuff time with posting them from my dial up netbook to my wireless netpad :? :? :? :?d


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: BenF on December 09, 2010, 05:07:58 PM
A friend found a mandolin in her fathers attic a couple of years back, and I cleaned it up and restrung it for her.  Never played one before then, and looked up some simple chord charts and tabs of songs I knew.  It was great fun, and a very simple instrument to learn with a bit of guitar playing knowledge.  I'd very much like to own one in the future.  The Larrivee A style ones are beautiful.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: willfo on December 09, 2010, 08:18:19 PM
 I love to play the mandolin. I currently have a terrible F style Michael Kelly , but it is still playable enough for around the house and a few gigs here and there. I would love to get a new mando soon as possible , but the price point for a decent one would get an awful lot of things that I could really use like a new P.A. or studio time.
 I've been waiting to play a new larrivee for awhile now , but larrivee's are prety scarce (surprisingly) around this area. I started playing about 5-6 yrs ago and it didn't take long to transfer all of the guitar knowledge over to the mandolin( i have no problems with leads , but know that i have short comings in the  rhythm dept.) 
  I was also wondering why the preference to the oval soundhole? I have always stuck to f hole styles , except when I played an octave for awhile( which I dread ever getting rid of!).


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 09, 2010, 08:58:24 PM
I suddenly find myself with three mandolins. As for what I do with them? I guess you could call it playing. It sure isn't very serious.  :laughin:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Walkerman on December 09, 2010, 09:26:12 PM
Define "play."


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: stubby on December 09, 2010, 10:46:13 PM
I've had an Eastman 515 for about a year and a half, and it gets more playing time than any of my guitars. Decent instrument, but it's given me dreams of a custom build. Since getting it, I've made a number of useless observations:

1) Mandolins are the crack cocaine of musical instruments.
2) It's impossible to be in a bad mood while playing a jig.
3) Dogs don't wince when you hit a "clam" note. Wives do.
4) The vast majority of non-musicians think a mandolin is a ukelele or a "little guitar".
5) Mandolin circle of fifths tuning is way more logical than standard guitar tuning.
6) "Blackberry Blossom" seems to always be the next song I'm going to learn. Five years hence, it will still be.
7) MAS is much worse than GAS.
8) Restringing a mandolin ranks slightly above root canal work in terms of preferred activities.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: mas music on December 10, 2010, 01:49:14 AM
Never played a mandolin but I would love to. Still I am happy to see a new section on this forum. I hope Larrivee regains a more prominent role in the industry as the economy slowly recovers.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: GeeNorm on December 10, 2010, 02:58:12 AM
Define "play."

I own a mandolin ... but I haven't inhaled.  :roll

Norman


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on December 10, 2010, 04:26:50 AM
I can't put into words what it is about an oval hole mando.......Wait its coming.....Much better tone.It would suprise some that many bluegrasser played A style's with oval hole's.But when Monroe came along and hit it big first so did the F style mando's.I find that for me all the F has going for it is volumn and not much tone.The A has tone beyond belief but its just isn't as load.An F can be a banjo killer.






Wait,I'm old and my knee hurts so give me an extra couple of seconds before the stone's fly.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: SMan on December 10, 2010, 04:55:53 AM
My bowl back mando is at least 45 years old.  (Made in Mittenwald Germany) It was resurrected about 15 years ago from the scrap pile.  I use it more for wall art than playing.

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/smansbucket/Guitars/General%20Guitar%20pictures/Mandolfront.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/smansbucket/Guitars/General%20Guitar%20pictures/Mandoback.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/smansbucket/Guitars/General%20Guitar%20pictures/Mandobody.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: flatlander on December 10, 2010, 03:17:40 PM
Me, Not great but decent.
1 oval hole custom build.
1 Micheal Kelly F-5 copy which is great. Especially for 400.00 as a manufacture second. Small finish error UNDER finger board extension. list about 1200.
Love mandolin and if someones around to play good rhythm, play it all I can.
Also have octave mandolin which I love and is rich enough to play even if rhythym is spotty as I play in in a open turning where things can ring out.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 10, 2010, 04:31:43 PM
Now we need a ukulele forum. I spend more time with my uke than my mandolins AND  it's a Larrivée!


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Danny on December 11, 2010, 02:32:47 AM
   Does a Fylde Portuguese Mandola count? I played it yesterday after I put 10 new strings on it.
                         My wife said something about the awful noise. :blush:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: dave42 on December 13, 2010, 04:55:27 AM
I play a little mandolin. Not great, but it is fun! I had a used starter mando, but had funds at the time for a good sounding mandolin, so the search was on! I found a 2004 Weber Hyalite Custom that sounded great to my ears. Wow! Has it been 6 years?? Anyhoo, have fun!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dave42/Weber%20Mandolin/WeberMandolin2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dave42/Weber%20Mandolin/Weberback.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: flatlander on December 13, 2010, 09:53:15 AM
That's a great looking mandolin above!
I play a "little" mandolin too. And also a "big' one.

(http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv118/e046845/000_0021.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: acousticphd on January 05, 2011, 08:20:06 PM
Quote
So what do you have and/or want?

I want yours! (The OP's).

I mostly set aside guitar in favor of mandolin ~8-9 yrs ago, although I have come back to my guitars more in the past few years.  I have too many mandolins to list, but I went through the common progression of decent import, better import, used Flatiron, several used nice handmade mandolins, a couple old Gibsons, and on and on.
I have and play several good handmade A5s (Old Wave, Ken Ratcliff, Jon Mann, Givens Legacy), but my main love is for A-style oval hole mandos (1915 Gibson, '90s Old Wave).

The A33 is an A5 I would consider if/when I could find one pre-owned (the most I have ever spent on any mandolin was ~$1400).  I had a chance to finally pick up and handle a couple of freshly finished A33s during an impromptu visit to the Larrivee plant in July, and was impressed.  They looked and felt very well made, with a punchy and lively tone.

I have been a bit confused about the new and used market prices on the these; I have seen new ones listed everywhere between ~$1400 and ~$2000.  I think it will be hard to judge what kind of money is needed to buy a preowned Larrivee until they have been around for a few more years.  I did not get the impression the plant is turning them out in great numbers; I saw only a very modest number in various steps of production, and 4-5 finished A- and F-style instruments on that day.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Nort on January 05, 2011, 10:42:48 PM
I would'nt say I play mandolin,  but I'm working on it.
got hooked with an old Ibanez A model that I received as part of a trade, passed it on to a friend who wants to learn mandolin.

Now this Ratliff R5 is my main mandolin squeeze.  :winkin:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd238/nortongraham/Ratliff%20Mandolins/Mandolins012.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on January 06, 2011, 02:05:50 AM
phd

With my history of GAS, I think I avoided some of the potholes and got to where I want to be.  But, a few months ago an Old Wave pushed me to my limits of resistance.  I really like the looks of them and the soundclips I've heard gave me the woolies.  I'm glad I held off though.  

I started with a Larrivee guitar when i got into playing and from my experience with guitars, I figured they must make great mandolins.  I bought my A-33 from the 12th Fret in Toronto, where it was on consignment at a fair price.  It was pretty much brand new when I got it and has really opened up in the year plus I've had it.  Mandolins open up much more that guitars.  Since I hadn't played that many other mandolins, I just rode out the experience to get me here now.  I played a Weber Bitterroot and a new Larrivee A-33 just before Christmas in a great little shop in Victoria,  BC, and it brought me back to when I first received mine.  It sounded and felt tight compared to my A-33 now, and also the Weber (which was built in 2004 and had that played in feel to it ~ very nice).  I would have bought the Weber over the Larrivee based on tone and playability that day, but one was new and the other used.

The Mandolin Store had a new Larrivee oval hole that also tempted me, but it sold for a very good price and mustn't of made that much on it.  Pricing has been kind of strange with them as there were some early models without headstock bindings that were given to them from a Larrivee Rep ???  I think you're right that there aren't that many out there yet, but they did give away one as a prize at Winfield.

While down in Victoria before Christmas, I picked up a tenor banjo for my son that's a hoot to play.  Same tuning as mandolin, but an octave lower.  It's an 80 year old Stewart that seen a lot of life, but I got if for a song and my son and I love it.  I think my next instrument purchase will be either a better tenor banjo, or octave mandolin of some sort.

I really think that Larrivee makes a great do it all mandolin.  It picks fiddle tunes and bluegrass amazing well and has enough strength to cut well, much more so than my son's Breedlove mandolin.  His chords very well but in the last few months, the Larrivee is starting to find it voice.  It's been played a lot and a few of the frets have grooves in them ~ when I got it the frets were spotless.  This is the first "new" instrument that I have really bonded with.  A lot of the guitars I've bought have been used, so I've missed out on a lot of that initial bonding experience with a new instrument and watching it find its voice over time.  Going used is good as you'll get a great sounding instrument that's been played in at a better price.

Last night I changed the strings on it and it just exploded with sound.  I had a set of Gibson Sam Bush strings on it for the last 5 months or so and just strung it with Gibson Bill Monroe strings.  I liked them from the get go.  I tried D'Addario's on them but prefer Gibson strings.  Funny, I've never picked a guitar from them that blew me away.  I don't think that you'll be disappointed if you do end up with one some day.  If it's new, plan on playing it in!

John


I want yours! (The OP's).

I mostly set aside guitar in favor of mandolin ~8-9 yrs ago, although I have come back to my guitars more in the past few years.  I have too many mandolins to list, but I went through the common progression of decent import, better import, used Flatiron, several used nice handmade mandolins, a couple old Gibsons, and on and on.
I have and play several good handmade A5s (Old Wave, Ken Ratcliff, Jon Mann, Givens Legacy), but my main love is for A-style oval hole mandos (1915 Gibson, '90s Old Wave).

The A33 is an A5 I would consider if/when I could find one pre-owned (the most I have ever spent on any mandolin was ~$1400).  I had a chance to finally pick up and handle a couple of freshly finished A33s during an impromptu visit to the Larrivee plant in July, and was impressed.  They looked and felt very well made, with a punchy and lively tone.

I have been a bit confused about the new and used market prices on the these; I have seen new ones listed everywhere between ~$1400 and ~$2000.  I think it will be hard to judge what kind of money is needed to buy a preowned Larrivee until they have been around for a few more years.  I did not get the impression the plant is turning them out in great numbers; I saw only a very modest number in various steps of production, and 4-5 finished A- and F-style instruments on that day.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on January 06, 2011, 02:07:37 AM
I would'nt say I play mandolin,  but I'm working on it.
got hooked with an old Ibanez A model that I received as part of a trade, passed it on to a friend who wants to learn mandolin.

Now this Ratliff R5 is my main mandolin squeeze.  :winkin:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd238/nortongraham/Ratliff%20Mandolins/Mandolins012.jpg)

Wow, that is a VERY nice mando you have there.  All the little details taken care of and from what I've heard, a dream to play.

Enjoy that in good health.
John


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Nort on January 06, 2011, 05:47:48 PM
Thanks John,

It's true Audey Ratliff builds a very fine mandolin,
I looke around alot, sampled some Gibson, Flatiron, Weber, Kentucky, etc. (Larrivee had'nt started building theirs yet)
what I really wanted was a nice full sounding mandolin, preferably American made.
researched alot of the small builders, and Ratliff seemed to fit what I wanted, after having it for awhile, I'm pleased to say
It's a keeper!  :bgrin:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: WileE on January 06, 2011, 09:37:18 PM
There are some really nice mandolins here.  Here's a picture of my old Gibson A50 (mid 1940's, I think).  The tail plate is not original but I do have it.  It's pretty beat up but it sounds great.  Unfortunately one of the tuner buttons just disintegrated.  I've looked around some but haven't found any replacements.  Does anybody have any ideas how to replace it?

BTW.  The picture was taken outside in the summer.  Right now we're covered in snow and the temp this morning was -7 degrees Fahrenheit (yes, minus 7 here in sunny California).  I didn't get to play guitar yesterday because I was too busy thawing out my hot water pipes.  The joys of living in the mountains...



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Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Dr. LJ on January 07, 2011, 03:34:58 PM
Ratliff does make some nice mandolins.  I love mine, which is a 1997 model.  Audey is a very nice guy, very helpful and easy to deal with. 

LJ


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: sealcove on January 08, 2011, 06:42:52 PM
Mandolin is my primary instrument.  I have never seen a Larrivee mando in person, but at this point I am happy with my Phoenix and my Old Wave. 


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on January 08, 2011, 06:47:54 PM
Mandolin is my primary instrument.  I have never seen a Larrivee mando in person, but at this point I am happy with my Phoenix and my Old Wave. 

You can't post pictures here until you have at least 10 posts, but do you have any links to pictures of your Old Wave?  If I were into getting another mandolin, that would be at the top of my list.  Maybe one day ...

John



Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 09, 2011, 03:49:40 AM
WileE can you post a close up of the button I may have one if not I'll see what I can find for you.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: WileE on January 09, 2011, 09:13:46 PM
WileE can you post a close up of the button I may have one if not I'll see what I can find for you.

Here are some attempts.  It looks like the post itself is 3/32" in diameter at its smoothest roundest part.  The buttons are 7/16" at their widest point.  All of them really need to be replaced.  Any guidance or direction that you can provide would be great.  Thanks Rob -- I appreciate it.

Sorry for the temporary steering away of the thread.   :blush:

WileE

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Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 10, 2011, 04:45:08 AM
WileE PM me your address I think I have what you need.


Sorry for the highjacking.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: WileE on January 10, 2011, 03:40:49 PM
WileE PM me your address I think I have what you need.


Sorry for the highjacking.

Done.  Thank you, Rob.

Back to our regularly scheduled program...


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: sealcove on January 23, 2011, 03:59:56 AM
You can't post pictures here until you have at least 10 posts, but do you have any links to pictures of your Old Wave?  If I were into getting another mandolin, that would be at the top of my list.  Maybe one day ...

Sorry, I wasn't following the thread.  Here are some shots from the builder and dealer: http://picasaweb.google.com/sealcove/OldWave481


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: arbutusq on March 06, 2011, 11:35:05 PM
I have a lowly Gibson A9 and honestly I don't want another f hole mando.  It ain't pretty but has buckets of tone and is suitable for anything I want to do.   I do love the Larrivee F style I got to play at a jam though.  Brighter and more modern sounding with great balance and articulation.  The guy who owns it is really trying for the Bill Munro sound and his mandolin doesn't let him down.

Is it true that you can get a Larry oval hole.  I really want an oval hole.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on March 07, 2011, 12:48:52 AM
sealcove ~ i remember following your thread over on the Mandolin Cafe.  That is a fine looking Old Wave you have there.  One day ...

I saw that the Mandolin Store had a oval hole A style Larrivee around Christmas, but got picked up pretty quickly at a great price.  They had a soundclip and it sounded nice ~ very nice.  That's the only oval hole I've seen for sale ... so they are out there.  Unfortunately, the Mandolin Store won't be carrying the Larrivee line in the future.

I've had my Larrivee A-33 for about a year and a half now and its really come into its own.  Like you, my f hole sound is covered.  Plays great and has a strong voice, but sweet when tickled.  I mainly play Irish and Bluegrass tunes, but have been working on some ideas.  I'll be throwing in a K&K Twin Fusion pickup on it shortly, so I'm looking forward to that.

John


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: CZERO9RW on March 21, 2011, 12:01:36 AM
Although I love my C09, mandolin is my primary instrument.

Here is a few pics of my current main player, a Weber Vintage F. I have had it somewhere around 9 months. It's a joy to play and has a very sweet voice for the music I like to play.

A full shot of the front:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4Full.jpg?t=1300665313)

Nice flamed 80 year old maple back:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4Back.jpg?t=1300665515)

A Close Up of the front:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4FrontClose.jpg?t=1300665561)


I owned a few FF styled instrument in the past, but I have found the more subtle, bell-like tone of the oval hole gives me the tone I am looking for.

This little one is a joy to play!  :thumbsup



Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on March 21, 2011, 01:35:33 AM
Although I love my C09, mandolin is my primary instrument.

Here is a few pics of my current main player, a Weber Vintage F. I have had it somewhere around 9 months. It's a joy to play and has a very sweet voice for the music I like to play.

A full shot of the front:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4Full.jpg?t=1300665313)

Nice flamed 80 year old maple back:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4Back.jpg?t=1300665515)

A Close Up of the front:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/Weber%20Vintage%20F4%202011/VF4FrontClose.jpg?t=1300665561)


I owned a few FF styled instrument in the past, but I have found the more subtle, bell-like tone of the oval hole gives me the tone I am looking for.

This little one is a joy to play!  :thumbsup

Hey CZER09RW,

That is real looker in my books. :thumb

 For the past year and a half I've also been playing mandolin as my main instrument.  My A-33 has really turned into a nice strong mandolin and all that I could ever ask for.  My MAS stopped once I got it and if I got another mandolin  5 years down the road, it would be to complement it rather than to replace, or upgrade it.   I would love to have an oval hole one day, maybe an Old Wave or Pomeroy, but that day is well into the future.  I'll probably have to buy my son a better mandolin first and hand his down to his little brother.  He's been playing a year and a half now and has really come a long way.  He plays an Open Mic every month, takes lessons, is in a "Rock Club" at school and just put on a concert last week.  All this at 8 years old.  We bought him a Breedlove Spirit for his 7th birthday and told him if he practiced hard, I'd get him one with a scroll, which he thinks is the "coolest".  Something like yours would definitely be ideal in a perfect world.  When the time gets closer and the coins start adding up, I'll watch the Mandolin Cafe's classifieds ~ lots of instruments there to drool over. 

Play it in good health  :nana_guitar

John


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on March 21, 2011, 01:40:00 AM
Just looked at the picture I posted when I started this thread and should update it.  That pic was taken about a year ago and have since added an armrest and K&K Twin Fusion pickup with carpenter jack.  It was also much cleaner than it is now  :blush:

John


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on March 21, 2011, 02:35:31 AM
my son been playing a year and a half now and has really come a long way.  He plays an Open Mic every month, takes lessons, is in a "Rock Club" at school and just put on a concert last week.  All this at 8 years old. 

 :bowdown:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on March 21, 2011, 03:49:11 AM
:bowdown:

Yeah, I'm a proud papa  :bowdown:  They've only been gone a week and I already miss the little buggers  :winkin:

I got an e-mail from my wife this afternoon and he's going to a Japanese pre-school on Tuesday and will be playing his mandolin.  He's been in the country a week and already has a gig.  Things just seem to fall in place easily for him musically and he loves riding the wave. He said before he left that he wants to try busking there, so we'll see what happens.  Here's a link from the concert last week.  http://www.youtube.com/user/DenmanPaddles#p/a/u/1/qU9be1NR4Tg (http://www.youtube.com/user/DenmanPaddles#p/a/u/1/qU9be1NR4Tg)

He's the short one playing an A style mando.

John


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: CZERO9RW on March 21, 2011, 06:56:14 PM
Hey CZER09RW,

That is real looker in my books. :thumb

 For the past year and a half I've also been playing mandolin as my main instrument.  My A-33 has really turned into a nice strong mandolin and all that I could ever ask for.  My MAS stopped once I got it and if I got another mandolin  5 years down the road, it would be to complement it rather than to replace, or upgrade it.   I would love to have an oval hole one day, maybe an Old Wave or Pomeroy, but that day is well into the future.  I'll probably have to buy my son a better mandolin first and hand his down to his little brother.  He's been playing a year and a half now and has really come a long way.  He plays an Open Mic every month, takes lessons, is in a "Rock Club" at school and just put on a concert last week.  All this at 8 years old.  We bought him a Breedlove Spirit for his 7th birthday and told him if he practiced hard, I'd get him one with a scroll, which he thinks is the "coolest".  Something like yours would definitely be ideal in a perfect world.  When the time gets closer and the coins start adding up, I'll watch the Mandolin Cafe's classifieds ~ lots of instruments there to drool over.  

Play it in good health  :nana_guitar

John

Oh yeah! As long as they are showing interest in playing you need to feed that fire!  :thumb

The choice of instruments these days are much easier on the pocketbook, and much better in playability/quality. The PacRim stuff is now at a level where you can get them something very, very nice that will inspire them to play for a time until they're ready for the next level.

It'd be nice if we all had it as easy at Scott Thile. His kid was playing main stages of bluegrass festivals at age 8! But, players like Chris Thile don't come along very often...  :laughin:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: WillRoland on June 22, 2011, 12:44:00 AM
I've got an old Harmony Monterey that mostly hangs on the wall and looks cool.  I've had to replace the tuners and bridge which is a pain on those Harmonys.  I enjoy playing it, I just don't do much of it, especially with the new OO.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 22, 2011, 03:54:12 PM
Flake off spammer! 


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: GeeNorm on June 22, 2011, 09:25:43 PM
Flake off spammer! 

Thankfully the moderators have taken care of this poster. Office Pro indeed! He (the newbie spammer) had tacked basically the same come on replies on three other topics.

I'm all for "live long and prosper" but not by spamming us to buy (likely illegitimate) products.

Norman


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ducktrapper on June 23, 2011, 12:26:49 PM
Thankfully the moderators have taken care of this poster. Office Pro indeed! He (the newbie spammer) had tacked basically the same come on replies on three other topics.

I'm all for "live long and prosper" but not by spamming us to buy (likely illegitimate) products.

Norman

I wish they'd have removed my post as well. Now I kind of look ... even crazier than usual.  :laughin:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on June 23, 2011, 01:37:29 PM
But Duck I already know that your crazier then what most think.Keep it up. :wave


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: lyric_girl on July 23, 2011, 12:21:56 PM
I own a mandolin...don't think that qualifies for playing, at least not yet. Would LOVE a Larry mando, F style of course as I LOVE the strap holder. :roll


Title: I do...
Post by: AtlasHeating on August 19, 2011, 05:42:09 PM
HEre is mine:
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0449.jpg)
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0450.jpg)
Flat Spruce top
Rosewood back and sides
Oval Soundhole
3 piece back
Made by an instrument maker in Canada. I met him while he was building this mando.
Here is another of his instruments:
The Magic Twanger. It is a mix of Mountain Dulcimer and Mandolin
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0451.jpg)
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0452.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ducktrapper on August 20, 2011, 03:09:19 PM
Very nice Atlas! Do you know the builder's name?


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: AtlasHeating on August 20, 2011, 04:02:42 PM
The Brand is Celtic Heart and the builder is Terry Warbey from Salt Spring Island.
He quit building guitars and instruments years ago. I feel very blessed to have these two. If the mando got stolen or broken, I know I could replace it with something that would work for me. If the Magic Twanger was lost I could not find a replacement...


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Corky on August 20, 2011, 06:13:59 PM
I play a bit.  here is one I built:

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/jklapp/Mandolin%20Build/33-frontdone.jpg)

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/jklapp/Mandolin%20Build/34-backdone.jpg)

A friend playing it.  He is an awesome player on mando, fiddle, and guitar.  This was when it was just done and neck adjustment was still to be done as well as it had a couple of high frets.  Thankfully there are no clips of me playing it.   :rolleye:

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/jklapp/Mandolin%20Build/th_MVI_0145.jpg) (http://s48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/jklapp/Mandolin%20Build/?action=view&current=MVI_0145.mp4)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2011, 04:25:29 PM
I play an Eastman 505, A-style. My wife plays it much of the time when we're making music together.  It's a great instrument. 


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: tulk1 on September 20, 2011, 05:14:42 PM
Here's mine. Heritage H40 Mandolin. Heritage only had a few of these babies made, back in the '80s/early'90s. This is from our gig this past weekend in Steelville, MO for the Patriot Guard.

(http://tracyandthedrive.com/GigPics/patriotguard_steelville_mo/kenny_heritagemandolin2-steelville.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: CZERO9RW on October 13, 2011, 05:28:47 PM
Here's a couple new...well, one of them is not exactly new: it's a Gibson A Jr. circa 1924-25'ish. The Eastman Mandola is a special project between David Grisman (the Dawg) and Eastman. It's a replica of his 20's era Lyon & Healy Brownface. I'm loving it!

Here's the little A Jr. :

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/AJr.jpg)

...and, here is the Mandola :

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/Mandola.jpg)


...and here is a pic of them both sitting in my reading chair just a-waitin' to be played!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/BothTogether.jpg)


Ahhhh... life is good!  :arrow


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Johnny M on October 22, 2011, 04:12:39 AM
I saw your post over on the mandolin cafe about your trip to the Mandolin Store.  I would love to be able to sit down with that many mandolins around me at one time.  You must of thought you died and gone to mando heaven  :winking:


My son has been playing for just over 2 years and I promised him when he started that I'd get him an F style if he practiced hard and stuck with it.  Well, he kept his end of the bargain so I had to keep mine. Here is a picture of him just after opening the case and one of him playing it.  And here is a link to a video of him playing it last night.  Great mando, but I still prefer my Larrivee A-33 over it!

John

Lonesome Fiddle Blues on Weber Yellowstone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW99-hD8fJ8)

(http://denmankayaks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/p1020100.jpg)
(http://denmankayaks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/p1020106.jpg)

Here's a couple new...well, one of them is not exactly new: it's a Gibson A Jr. circa 1924-25'ish. The Eastman Mandola is a special project between David Grisman (the Dawg) and Eastman. It's a replica of his 20's era Lyon & Healy Brownface. I'm loving it!

Here's the little A Jr. :

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/AJr.jpg)

...and, here is the Mandola :

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/Mandola.jpg)


...and here is a pic of them both sitting in my reading chair just a-waitin' to be played!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y82/arcopizz/New%20TMS%20Visit%20and%20Mandos/BothTogether.jpg)


Ahhhh... life is good!  :arrow


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: CZERO9RW on October 22, 2011, 05:37:24 PM
Awesome! I sure do wish my Dad, or anyone for that matter had bought me a Weber when I was first starting out... Well, I guess Weber wasn't around all those many days ago!  :laughin:

Very nice mando that should last him and inspire him to play for quite awhile.

Yes, it is always nice to visit Dennis & Brian's shop. I have been working with Dennis for many years. Back when he was just starting up in his old shop in Ohio.

I was doing cartwheels when he called me and told me he was moving to Arizona. They originally were in Wickenburg, a couple hours away. They moved to Surprise, essentially West Phoenix this past Summer and that puts them only 45 minutes away... Not so sure that is a good thing!  :nana_guitar


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: twangjunkie on October 22, 2011, 09:31:24 PM
I noodle, my mandolins are much better than I am, hopefully I will catch up, donuts and coffee for everyone :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Ian on October 23, 2011, 04:46:16 AM
 I have a really nice Breedlove Americian 00 in Sunburst. I have a K&K pickup installed and it sounds soooo much better than piezio's!!


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: shadco on December 05, 2011, 12:52:02 PM
Here's my Mando

More fun than a barrel of monkeys.


(http://www.pbase.com/shadco/image/96084424.jpg)


(http://www.pbase.com/shadco/image/96084427.jpg)


(http://www.pbase.com/shadco/image/96084428.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: flatlander on December 05, 2011, 05:24:05 PM
Nice.
 And it gets played!


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: CZERO9RW on December 06, 2011, 03:51:29 AM
Actually, it looks as though it may be one of the mandolin store's custom distressed Weber models.

I've owned a few Webers' and feel Bruce makes a nice instrument.

 This one above looking to be a fine example!


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Bluegrass Phil on December 06, 2011, 09:00:10 AM
I've playing mandolin for about 30 years now and I'm lucky enough to have asked the great John Monteleone to build me one in 1982. Now I would be able to afford it but it's such a great instrument, I will never sell it. :beer


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: shadco on December 07, 2011, 01:07:28 AM
Actually, it looks as though it may be one of the mandolin store's custom distressed Weber models.

I've owned a few Webers' and feel Bruce makes a nice instrument.

 This one above looking to be a fine example!

Yep it's a DiamondBack

1 look at the frets though and you can tell it gets played, a lot.

I'm thinking about getting a refret in stainless


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ryler on January 16, 2012, 02:32:39 PM
I saw your post over on the mandolin cafe about your trip to the Mandolin Store.  I would love to be able to sit down with that many mandolins around me at one time.  You must of thought you died and gone to mando heaven  :winking:


My son has been playing for just over 2 years and I promised him when he started that I'd get him an F style if he practiced hard and stuck with it.  Well, he kept his end of the bargain so I had to keep mine. Here is a picture of him just after opening the case and one of him playing it.  And here is a link to a video of him playing it last night.  Great mando, but I still prefer my Larrivee A-33 over it!

John

Lonesome Fiddle Blues on Weber Yellowstone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW99-hD8fJ8)

(http://denmankayaks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/p1020100.jpg)
(http://denmankayaks.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/p1020106.jpg)


Wow, your son was amazing! 


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: joe1953 on January 23, 2012, 06:32:20 AM
  I love the mandolin so much, I could possibly give up guitar for it ( though I'd probably get more gigs AND money for my guitar playing )
Just have a Michael Kelly A+ that works for me. My friend Andy won at Winfield ( not sure if it was guitar or mando ), won a Gallagher guitar. But more importantly, he's the owner of a new Larivee F model!. It was only a couple of weeks old when he let me play it. What a nice instrument! I'll never be able to justify that kind of money to my wife but IF I had disposable income, I'd dispose of it that way............ :thumbsup


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: vates on October 19, 2015, 01:29:58 PM
+1 here
The fiddler in our band started playing mandolin (some songs required its sound more than the violin's), and after trying his 1919 Lyon&Healey, I was converted too.
It feels very easy and fun to play. Currently making first steps on Fender FM62SCE thinline but definitely see a "proper" acoustic in my future.
Maybe even a Larry, if I'll be lucky enough to find one used.
Cheers!
 :nana_guitar



Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: Dotneck on December 03, 2015, 03:44:24 AM
I stuck my toe in the water over the past couple years, too. Been trying out Eastmans (Eastmen?). I'd love to try a Larrivee but I've never seen one around here...

(http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd441/Bucket-54/My%20Easties_zpsissvzbhh.jpg)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: vates on December 03, 2015, 06:41:08 AM
Wow! Beautiful Eastmans! I tried 505 at our recording session recently. Liked it very much.
Though I knew that I'd be restless until getting a Larry :) So one deal is in works now ;)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: rockstar_not on December 04, 2015, 06:09:54 AM
I can do the two finger chords when called upon.  Don't have my own however.  http://www.tennesseesounds.com/Articles.asp?ID=252


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: vates on December 04, 2015, 07:08:07 AM
I'm a beginner on mando too. According to Joe Walsh pegnation course you can use D, C, ang G chord patterns to play virtually any chord. Easier than on guitar ;)


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: mike in lytle on December 12, 2015, 04:35:01 AM
 :donut :donut2 :coffee
The pic is of my Suzuki mandolin which was given to me as a gift 40 years ago.
It is the instrument I have owned the longest. It is pictured with my newest guitar, a Forum V RS-4.
The neck has sort of split from the body, so it is no longer playable.
I used it on some home recordings. I would like to get another mandolin.
Mike


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: vates on December 12, 2015, 10:03:48 PM
Beautiful guitar on the background!
 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: mike in lytle on December 14, 2015, 12:51:09 PM
Beautiful guitar on the background!
A convenient cameo appearance opportunity. :bgrin:
Mike
Suzuki Model 45


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ollaimh on June 15, 2016, 02:49:43 AM
Very nice Atlas! Do you know the builder's name?

i remember seeing a few magic twangers plaued in vancouver and victoria back in the eighties and ninties.  they are really cool.  i found a warby octave mandolin a few years ago. had a top crack that was repaired but the tone is fantastic. better than many that cost three times as much terry warby is a great ugy and a loss to instrument making as he now mostly makes jewelry.  he found he made a lot more money with that, and had more creative range.  cool instruments.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: ollaimh on June 15, 2016, 02:58:10 AM
i have never tried a larrivee mandolin. wish i could decades ago i was in spokane washington at the "sound hole" music store and found a gibson 1924 snakehead A mandolin. rode hard but a cannon. bought it and never looked back.  i am not a new high end mando guy.   i love the sound of old gibsons from the teens and twenties and i think they are waaaay under priced to this day.  (except for lloyd loar f 5s).  i have a refinished snake head and a 1919 a4 now, different but all fantastic mandolins with that loud woody tone that made gibson famous. i have a couple of japanes or korean cheap ones that have good tone. there are some decent asian mandolins, and i prefer my korean special for busking in winter.(an aspen f hole A)



i would like to try a larrivee someday.


Title: Re: How many of you play mandolin?
Post by: dlsteel on October 06, 2017, 04:25:09 AM
i have 2 jcl mandos. a F-33 and an oval A. BOTH ARE EPIC