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    Re: New player - Mandolin

    The "curly bit" is also known as the "$500 (or $1,000) strap hanger." There are exceptions, but in general you will get much more for your money if you can live without the scroll. The Big Muddy is a...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    D'Addario EJ-74 is the usual starting point. GHS A-270 is the set I've used the most, but D'Addarrio nickel bronze are becoming a favorite, too. There are plenty of other contenders. As mentioned...
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    Re: New player - Mandolin

    Of the models you listed, I would rule out the Ibanez. I've never played a The Loar that rang my chimes but others like them. I used to have a KM-250 but I got it 20-some years ago, and they've...
  4. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Jim, I think you mean feet at this point!
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    Yeah, it sounded great to me, as far as I can tell over laptop speakers. I also agree with Chuck above that a Collings MT2 is an awfully nice instrument. Nothing against the MT, but in the limited...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    That Skip Kelley looks amazing. Redwood makes for an excellent top. It's very resonant. It's also a unique-looking mandolin. In a world of tobacco-sunburst f-styles, that really stands out. If I had...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    I'd rule out the Martin. They're nice instruments but not really what I'd think of as born to rock. I think you'll want f holes, which also rules out the Calhoun and the Bluett. Those are fine...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    There is always a justification for trying new picks, new strings and new mandolins.
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    Re: Recommendation on F style Mandolin?

    If it tells me anything, which it such a small sample really can't, it tells me that there are a lot more Kentuckys and Eastmans out there.
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    Re: Worst scroll of the last century?

    That blueberry is more of a dingleberry, amirite?
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    Re: Recommendation on F style Mandolin?

    Click this link and click "Add to cart." Done!
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    Re: Music store etiquette?

    Be aware that TME's stock as shown online includes just two mandolins for less than $3,000 and no oval holes. I have a KM-272, which is just a 270 in a different color, and it's a remarkably good...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    I have two blond mandolins. I like them both.
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  14. Re: Thile/Aoife - Fairytale of New York from Wassail

    One of my favorites. It's nice to see these two do a version.
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    This thread has lots of information on the company, including a link to an interview with founder Steve Carlson.
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    Kentucky. Not even close.
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    Re: Beginner ?ís about changing sound/tone

    If you're able to buy the Eastman now, I'd not bother spending money on strings for the Donner, but in general, experimenting with strings and picks can give you a different sound. Some inherent...
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    Re: Critical MAS + MC + TMS = NMD

    Congrats! The video demo of that had me drooling.
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    Re: Kentucky KM-252 A model anyone?

    Less than a week between posing the question and getting the mandolin might be a record for around here. Enjoy your new instrument!
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    Re: Kentucky KM-252 A model anyone?

    Keep your eye on the classifieds here. You never know what will turn up in your price range.
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    Re: Kentucky KM-252 A model anyone?

    A flattop has - wait for it - a flat top rather than an arched one. Less carving means lower cost for a quality instrument. They tend to be made by individual builders rather than big companies like...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-252 A model anyone?

    Is there a reason you are "only interested in Kentucky mandolins"? I mean, based on what you play and the fact that you are already a musician, I'd recommend looking at a nice flattop. The Kentucky...
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    Re: New mandolin from Freedman Mandolins

    Nice!
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    I live in a rural area. Only once have I been able to sell an instrument on Craigslist, and that was to a guy 100 miles away in St. Louis. I recently listed some inexpensive instruments and the only...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    Depending on where in Maryland you are, there's House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park and Melodee Music in Sterling, Va. Both carry mandolins in your price range.
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