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  1. Thread: Strap it up!

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    Strap it up!

    Hey all, I've got a Kentucky 505 in need of a strap. I'm new to mandolins and having a hard time finding one, so I must be missing something obvious.

    Since it's an A-type I assume I need...
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    Re: KM-120 questions

    I'm going to return the KM-505. I could return the KM-120 and go whole hog on a Big Muddy M11 assuming the flat top and mahogany construction would make for a mellow instrument but the audio clip on...
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    Re: KM-120 questions

    It's been a minute. I have been playing the KM-120 for about a week. In that time it has become more resonant with a bit more sustain. I also ordered and received a Kentucky KM-505 (circa 2021 by the...
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    Re: KM-120 questions

    Nothing so fancy as a micrometer but I've got an old pair of calipers that put the low G at .0394". The high e is too thin to register.

    Assuming I return this one, I've got a few higher options...
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    KM-120 questions

    Hey folks, new mandolin owner here. I bought a Kentucky KM-120, the Army-Navy style flattie. I've had it for three days now with about four hours of total play time.

    It's been plunky and a bit...
  6. Re: Picking up a Big Muddy M4 soon - what to look for?

    Okay, thank you. Looking forward to this. Edit: spoke too soon, they canceled my order. Oh well.
  7. Picking up a Big Muddy M4 soon - what to look for?

    I ordered a used Big Muddy M4 mandolin from Guitar Center today. There was only one tiny photo, it's supposed to be in "excellent" condition and come with a case. It was listed for $349.

    Whenever...
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    Re: A-type oval hole mandolin for $500?

    The trouble with going to Big Muddy's website is I end up staring at the M11 model, with the wide neck, jumbo body, and radius fretboard options.
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    Re: A-type oval hole mandolin for $500?

    I've been to Maple Street, it was a great experience. I got to try a number of mandolins in their little playing room. I had a few years of violin lessons that are still rattling around in my head,...
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    A-type oval hole mandolin for $500?

    USA, Georgia, near Atlanta. Guitar player looking for recommendations on an A-type oval hole mandolin suitable for a beginner/intermediate player, playing solo for my own entertainment. Budget is...
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    Re: Gretsch, Breedlove, or Other?

    Gotcha. Thanks all.
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    Re: Gretsch, Breedlove, or Other?

    I played an Eastman 315 yesterday as well as a 615 and an Epiphone A-style as that's what they had in stock at the place I visited. The 315 felt the best but the neck was tight for me in regard to...
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    Re: Gretsch, Breedlove, or Other?

    True, but we get into Zeno's Paradox here where I keep getting halfway to the better budget, then halfway again.... Just teasing. I'm looking at flat tops with oval holes as it seems one way to get a...
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    Gretsch, Breedlove, or Other?

    I'm gripped with mandolin fever again and who knows, maybe this time I'll actually buy one. I have guitar experience (chords), violin experience, and tenor guitar experience that allowed me to use my...
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    Re: Mandolin Shopping

    So there is such a thing as low tension strings? I liked the feel as it was easier to fret while playing, even if everything else was kind of wonky. Iím used to six string acoustic and for string...
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    Mandolin Shopping

    I'm thinking of taking up the mandolin. I started learning 6-string guitar, got away from it after learning chords and a finger picking pattern, and went to violin for a while. Got frustrated with...
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    Re: Nylon string GDAE

    So it seems like GDAE can be accomplished then on the baritone ukulele. I found another post that recommended using a dgbe string set, dropping the b down to an a, moving the d string into the g...
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    Nylon string GDAE

    Iíve got an Ibanez parlor body tenor guitar and while it sounds pretty good, the stretch is a bit much for violin fingers and the steel is a bit sharp for me.

    Iíve been looking for a shorter...
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    Re: $199.00 Kala Tenor

    Definitely thought about buying one when I was looking at tenor guitars, but I went with the Ibanez instead. Of course the Ibanez is 23" scale and I can't help but think 21" scale would be easier on...
  20. Thread: Uke to Tenor

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    Re: Uke to Tenor

    Dumb question probably, but can a mandola be tuned to GDAE?

    I guess the better way to phrase my original question is, what is the easiest way to acquire a four string, GDAE-tuned, 16Ē-19Ē scale...
  21. Thread: Uke to Tenor

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    Re: Uke to Tenor

    Good to know. I'll need to try the baritone again and see if that's enough of a difference for my left hand. A little difficult since you can't really swap strings and tune it up without buying it...
  22. Thread: Uke to Tenor

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    Re: Uke to Tenor

    I'm okay with nylon strings. I played a tenor sized ukulele and a concert size recently. Is one better than the other for GDAE?
  23. Thread: Uke to Tenor

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    Uke to Tenor

    Hi all, what's the up to date wisdom on converting a ukulele to a GDAE (low G to high E, aka Irish tuning) tenor guitar? A soprano, tenor, concert, baritone? I've got my Ibanez tenor at the moment...
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    Recommend me a pancake!

    I've got the mandolin bug but no money at the moment, so that means reading about them and asking all sorts of stupid questions! I'm a tenor guitar player who loves the sound and sustain but can't...
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    Re: Beginner/inexpensive Mandolins

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qGFCJzd-zE

    Loar LM110BRB. How variable are scale lengths? This one felt more familiar (used to play violin) than the $800 Washburn I also played.
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