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GUEST,Willie-O mandolin recommendations? (24) RE: mandolin recommendations? 12 Jan 03

Definitely check out Glen's work.

Another brand that provides truly excellent value is Trinity College.

Then there is the third option: forget about brands, forget about eBay or online sales in general. You're in a good location to do this. Comb _all_ the music stores looking for that overlooked little box with _no_ name of distinction which sings to you when you pick it up. If you focus on a mission like this you can go through 8 or 10 stores in a day, because it takes very little time to see that the one you're looking for is _not_ there.   The biggest problem with this approach is that the dusty little porkchop will probably be badly out of tune with dead strings on it.

I've been playing an el Cheapo mando since 1989 for which I paid $85 U.S. at a festival. A teardrop F-hole plywood top jobbie which is completely indestructible, comfy to play and has a nice bright sound.

But I'm still stuck on wanting the old Gibson A.


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