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Oh , Susanna
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Tucson1
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Howdy ,

Here's a short video of my minus eight pickin of Oh , Susanna ...violin-1267

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Good playing, Tucson!

And that mando ended up with a very sweet singing voice, didn't it?

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Will have to check it out from home Tucs...

My iphone is rebelling. :)

Oh Susanna... how fun. I was teaching that song to my little grand daughter this past Sunday.  Ha ha.. She kept say... "O You Nana, don't you cry for ... "  so cute. :)

Will check this out when I get home.  Cheers.. Glad you are able to post. :)

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Toni ,

That is so sweet ...kids say the darndest things ...violin-1267

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Fiddlerman
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July 8, 2014 - 10:44 pm
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Cool. I always wanted to try the Mandolin. We just started selling Ukulele's and will soon be selling Mandolin's and Guitars as well. Just need to do enough research to make sure we are selling good stuff. :)

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Hey Pierre ,

That's great news that yer expanding yer line of instruments ...mandolin is great fer fiddlers in that mandolin chords are great fer fiddlein  and any tune ya know to play on the violin ya can pic on a mandolin easy ...lots of fun ...in addition , memorizing a new tune fer violin , ya can pick it on the mandolin until ya have it memorized and then play it on yer violin ....bowing becomes easy when ya all ready have the tune memorized ...

Love ta see what instruments you get in ...Korea and Japan may be able to compete with China ...also some of the Euro country's have started to compete as well ...violin-1267

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Nice job, Tucs.

@Fiddlerman: You'll need a person to do the demo's on video, won't you ?

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July 10, 2014 - 11:42 am
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Some of the Mandolin brands I've been looking at are: Flinthill, J Renolds, Fender, and Ovation. Any idea about any of those?

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Hey Pierre ,

Welp , I should start by saying that mandolin sales are far less in quantity than guitar or violin locally , as here in Tucson ...depends alot on clientele and advertising ...brick and mortar shops sales can be more limited than internet sales ...

Locally , SW Strings informs me they are dropping their line of mandolins , Delta Ridge , due to lack of sales , but then again most of their clientele is not folk or bluegrass ..

Delta Ridge list prices there are M25 @$150 , M55 @ $300 and M65 @ $400 ...to give you an idea of price ranges and I took all three into their practice room and played them

The M55 was the winner fer playability and tone but all were ok fer the price ...

I was not able to find Flint Hill or J. Renolds locally or anyone with firsthand knowledge of them .

On speaking with a couple of local set up luthiers here at well known shops they seemed to have one thing in agreement ...it seems Ovation tops their sales of all others followed closely by Fender ...Ovation does have a plastic back which might be a turn off to more experienced players but doesn't seem to bother the first time buyer as the Ovation playing action rivals the more expensive mandolins ...

My favs are Gretch , L'oar , Washburn , Mitchelle , Ibeneze and of course The Gibson . but cost is a whole 'nother story ...

All in all , it may be a matter of which supplier will be willing to give you the best combination of price , quality and service ...

I did not make an internet search for opinions , relying on those with hands on experience locally and my own testing ...

Best of luck ...violin-1267

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That is some great advice Stephen. :)

Thanks so much.

Stephen

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Hi Tucs

I finally got to see your video. My iPad wouldn't play it. Had to get on to the notepad.

Nice mate. I really liked it.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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I have had a Washburn mandolin for over 25 years. I love it and think it sounds a lot better than some of the new Gibsons I've played. I don't know what current prices are though. Mine is all solid wood. I think you have the right idea about only carrying good instruments. Junk can be bought really cheap on the internet.

I hope you do well with the mandolins. I'd say your biggest clientele will be bluegrass musicians. When I used to play for a living we got very few shows in Florida. Is there much of a bluegrass presence down there now?

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I recently bought a "Fender, New Yorker" but haven't played it much. It just doesn't sound like a violin.

 

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Hey Fiddlestix ,

The New Yorker is the model Fender that is popular here ...how 'bout pickin it a bit and give us some feed back ...inquiring minds need to know    ?violin-1267

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@Tucson1 : Sorry, I had Fender on my mind from reading some of the brands, it's a "Gretsch New Yorker"

Am I bad or what ?       This model here. 

http://www.sweetwater.com/stor.....7Aod8nAAzw

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Currently working on getting an agreement with Ovation. Its a franchise buy in and we have to order quite a few to get accepted but they don't allow all retailers to sell their instruments. Provided we are not directly competing with any local music stores we will be fine. Good news is that we can sell their guitars too. Should have more news early next week.
We will probably offer cheap instruments for beginners with little money as well. J. Reynolds can be offered at some great prices. Flinthill would allow us to offer some reasonable F style Mandolins. A lot of these brands don't use distributors, such as Yamaha, Fender, and Gibson. Pretty sure that Gibson will be tough to get at this point. We have a music store pretty close that sells Yamaha which actually shot down our chances on that one. Even though we are authorized Yamaha violins dealer we need to hook up with a completely different department for the mandolins and guitars....
All in due time I guess. :)

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