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  1. Re: Help with a 1900's Bowlback Mandolin please?

    Turns out her Italian Grandfather bought it new in 1910.
  2. Re: Help with a 1900's Bowlback Mandolin please?

    Thank everybody!

    The owner asked if I could string it up. Will I damage the top with new strings? Does this kind of mandolin take any special strings? I was planning a light gauge: 9-34 Gauge....
  3. Help with a 1900's Bowlback Mandolin please?

    Hey!
    A friend of mine has an old (1900's) Antonio Cerrito Bowlback Mandolin. Overall, it looks to be in very good condition, with no cracks or other serious damage.
    I haven't seen it in person,...
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    Re: Kentucky 272 and my big problem

    Side question here. What would a fair price be for a used Kentucky KM-171, Black, Mint, w/gigbag?
  5. Re: Anybody use alternate tunings on their mandolin?

    On guitar, Vestapol and Spanish refer to the relationships between the strings as opposed to the actual pitch. For instance "Spanish" tuning in G is simply open G (D,G,D,G,B,D) but if each string is...
  6. Anybody use alternate tunings on their mandolin?

    Does anybody use any alternate tunings on mandolin? On guitar, I use open G (Spanish) and open D (Vestapol) tunings a lot. I know there's nothing stopping me from trying out something like this -...
  7. Re: Best New York City Area Luthier for work on 1922 Gibson A4

    I've had a lot of experience with Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island and I can say they have an excellent repair shop. I'm sure the others mentioned here are up to the job as well!
  8. Re: Dangers of buying an untried mandolin. . . .

    If you are close enough to get to Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island, that's the place to go. I used to live about 1/4 mile from them - very dangerous! Now I live in Central New Jersey and still...
  9. Re: Who to buy from: The Mandolin Store vs. The Mandolin Hut

    I just want to give an update on my dealings with The Mandolin Hut - the outcome turned out to be very positive. Please see my "FINAL UPDATE" post in the following thread:
    Builders and Repair -...
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    Re: NMD: Kentucky KM-172. Is it defective?

    I just want to give an update on my dealings with The Mandolin Hut - the outcome turned out to be very positive. Please see my "FINAL UPDATE" post in the following thread:
    Builders and Repair -...
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    Re: Adjusting a truss rod

    FINAL UPDATE:
    I received the replacement from the Mandolin Hut - the KM-171 (black). On initial inspection, the neck looks nice and straight. The set-up is very good and the action is low and...
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    Re: Adjusting a truss rod

    The Mandolin Hut seems to be handling the situation extremely well. I spoke with them and explained the issue. They do not have another KM-172 in stock but they do have the KM-171 (black) and...
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    Re: Adjusting a truss rod

    I'll be contacting the Mandolin Hut today and I'll report how they handle the issue.
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    Re: Adjusting a truss rod

    I checked the Saga website and under "Specs" it said:
    Truss Rod - Traditional Two-Way Adjustable
    :confused:
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    Re: Adjusting a truss rod

    Yes, I do have a two way truss rod.


    I also noticed a hump in the neck where the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. Using a straightedge it rocks a tiny amount at that fret.
    I was able...
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    Adjusting a truss rod

    Looking from the headstock down to the bridge, which way do you turn a truss rod to add relief (forward bow) to a neck? I always get confused on if clockwise adds or removes forward bowing (relief).
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    Re: NMD: Kentucky KM-172. Is it defective?

    Hey Allen, you are right. I did ask for the opinions regarding where to buy from and the overwhelming response was "The Mandolin Store". I would say that I am okay with the purchase, having saved a...
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    Re: NMD: Kentucky KM-172. Is it defective?

    Yup. I took my chances with the Mandolin Hut and as I posted in my other thread, I was less than satisfied with the "set-up". But, a set-up can always be performed. I've been playing guitar for...
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    NMD: Kentucky KM-172. Is it defective?

    Got myself a Kentucky KM-172 A style Oval hole. Overall, very nice. The set-up it came with (supposedly set-up before it was shipped) has a lot to be desired. I'll need to do some tweaking! I did...
  20. Re: Who to buy from: The Mandolin Store vs. The Mandolin Hut

    Here's a link to the Mandolin Store's KM-172 package deal.

    Mandolin Hut is out of stock on the KM-172 but has the KM-171 (black) and the KM-174 (burgundy).

    I do not give very high marks to the...
  21. Re: Who to buy from: The Mandolin Store vs. The Mandolin Hut

    Well, the mandolin arrived yesterday. I let it sit in the box for about 8 hours and then removed the case from the box and let it sit overnight to complete the acclimation to the inside temperature....
  22. Re: Who to buy from: The Mandolin Store vs. The Mandolin Hut

    I certainly will. I'm expecting delivery today, 01/23, the coldest day of the year so far here in New Jersey (wind chill factor - 3 degrees F), so the box won't be opened up until 01/24!

    I'll...
  23. Re: Mandolin Setup - String Buzz - New Member

    If the nut slots are too low, you might get buzzing - or you may have some high frets. I would also check the neck to make sure it is straight.
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    Re: Mandolin setup guide by

    I agree! I got the guide and it is excellent. I might be using some of the info on a new Kentucky mandolin that is on its way.
  25. Re: Who to buy from: The Mandolin Store vs. The Mandolin Hut

    Seems most posts here are in favor of the Mandolin Store, but I think I'll give Mandolin Hut a shot. 70 bucks cheaper, and if I need a set-up when it comes, then so be it... I have a great luthier...
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