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johnross Lloyd Loar F5 Mandolins (30) RE: Lloyd Loar F5 Mandolins 30 Mar 07

A good friend owns an F5 whose serial number is one removed from the Bill Monroe instrument. I have played it, but I am no mandolin player, so I don't know enough to describe its musical characteristics. It's certainly a nice old instrument (which I suppose is like describing Van Gogh's Sunflowers as "a nice picture of a pot of flowers").

I do know that my friend took measurements and built a replica instrument based on the Loar; several people who have tried both claim that the reproduction sounds every bit as good, but of course, it does not have the same intangible "character."

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