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Edward, here's a really grainy, out of focus photo of John Doyle and Bruce Molsky playing at Celtic Colours, Cape Breton in the fall of 2013. John is playing a guitar shaped OM
I just noticed that I'd already posted my photo 3 years ago.
I like the bone saddle Edward. Did you add that?
Above is my mandolin arsenal. Washburn Country mandolin, TC octave mando, Eastman 605.
I have a Japanese knock off form the 70's that was willed to me by a friend who passed away in 1993, along with five other instruments. It was a store brand for a place I loved to buy from called Veneman's Music near Washington DC back then, but it was bought by GC and is long gone. Jim is correct, the F style is pretty to look at but adds nothing to tone. Jim, thanks for the details on Eastman models as i didn't know that. I want an octave mando, but am planning on building one myself as soon as I finish a semihollow bass I am about to begin.
Here is a picture and the description of my mando from my old website:
Company: BradleyModel#: F-Style MandolinYear: Estimated 1975Description: This instrument was one of five bequeathed to me by my friend Bruce Hathorne in 1993. The brand name on the headstock is "Bradley," a brand I had never heard of before. I had heard from Bruce that it was originally bought from Veneman's Music in Bethesda Maryland. About a year ago I met a person who used to work there and he told me that he was familiar with the Bradley brand name. He said that Ted Veneman had a grandson named Bradley. At the time it was popular to import an Asian made "store brand," similar to the way that Martin Guitars made the Ditson brand for a teacher/salesman when they were trying to get established in New York. Ted Veneman contracted with the Asian company to make his store brand and gave it the name "Bradley," after his grandson. This would make it a rare instrument indeed, since only so many of them were made. It is in excellent condition and stays and plays in tune. Particularly nice is the abalone inlay work on the head and fingerboard. I really like the natural finish on the top. It is all original, with the exception of the tailpiece cover, which Bruce added with his own initials, "BAH", engraved into it. The instrument came with it's original rectangular hardshell case.
Robert, Mostly the F-style mandolins are more expensive than an equivalent A-style. The scroll adds a lot to the price. Don't get a cheap F-style just for the scroll, since it adds nothing to the sound, but is purely cosmetic. (or perhaps a $100 to $1000 strap hook)
F-styles do look cool, and some folks believe that it's not true bluegrass if you don't have an F-style mandolin, but many feel it's not really bluegrass if you have a pick-up on your mandolin.I agree with Edward that the F-4 styles with the scroll and oval hole are neat looking mandolins. Eastman does make these. If Eastman's model number ends with a 4, it has an oval hole; with a 5, it has f holes. If the middle number is 1, it has a scroll; middle numbers 0 are A-style. The higher the first digit, the better quality that model is.
well since no response in 'new to the game', I'll just be getting one of the no-name-i-have- ever-heard-ofs for under $200 mandolin, to assuage my itch... regardless of brand or resale value. From my web investigation it seems that f-type are the cheap end, while all the a-types I have seen are over $500, some over $5000! :)
I am kinds busy as I am negotiating a full-price trade-in of my fender 12 for a Gretch 12, and looking at resonators at same time... ( same non-intuitive f-hole problem BTW, f-holes are low end, round holes are very expensive )
Comment by Craig Fowler on December 30, 2011
Yes those tunes/groups are in my wheelhouse also. Therefore you just might like pop country group Gloriana, before they dropped their mandolin player.
Here's an unplugged performace of one of thier tunes.
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