Collings MF Mandolin

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Collings MF Acoustic Vibes Music Kathryn Butler 2Collings MF Gloss Top Honey Amber Finish

Chance brings me back to Acoustic Vibes Music in Arizona, home of the finest collection of high-end acoustic instruments for sale in the Western Hemisphere.  Today I choose for examination a Collings MF.  “Simplified appointments” is how Collings described the absence of fancy binding, purfling, and perhaps finish.  I call it clean and functional.

In hand and eye, this MF exhibits perfect craftsmanship.  The hidden quality is quick to exhibit itself.  Within just a few notes, clear pure tone reinforces the Collings workshop pedigree.  The MF plays perfectly, with all attentions possible paid to feel as well as sound.

Collings MF Acoustic Vibes Music Kathryn Butler 1With a fully carved Adirondack spruce top and maple back and sides, the MF is built with the same quality construction as our fully-appointed models. These instruments produce the rich, woody tone that one would expect from a professional quality mandolin at an affordable price.   – Collings

Thanks again to AVM employee Kathryn Butler for these beautiful images!  You have a future as a fine arts photographer!  Lets not forget Jeff Looker’s interesting observation.  Jeff and I were standing in the mandolin room for photos (an upcoming feature).  Tidying up the display, he remarked, “I’ll have to order a few more mandolins”.  There were about eight each Weber and Collings – $60,000+ worth.  How’s that for dedication to the American acoustic instrument tradespeople?

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