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  1. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    Understandable
  2. Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Many people play guitar first and then start playing mandolin. This tends to lead to approaching the mandolin with a guitar-playing mindset and subconscious guitar expectations. For example:
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    Re: Eastman 314 vs 514

    Finish and tuners are basically the difference as I understand it. Sound, playability, and workmanship are consistent across all models according to most people.

    The most obvious difference is...
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    Re: New NMD - Collings

    Love the fretboard cutaway on it. Absolute keeper.
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    Re: New Mando Day, Eastman MD315

    The necks seem similar in thickness but the Kentucky has a noticeable V-shape whereas the Eastman is more round. Also the Eastman has thinner frets. I believe the 500 line has thicker fret wire...
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    New Mando Day, Eastman MD315

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    Bought this on an impulse without trying it, and I'm really liking it. Here it is alongside my Kentucky 272.

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    I'm afraid the 272 is not going to get much playing time now...
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    Re: Buying without being able to play

    Buying online without trying is always a bit of a gamble. There's no getting around that. Sometimes it works out great and results in keeper instruments, sometimes not so much. Even if the maker is...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I rarely keep any instruments in their cases. I like to have them out and easy to grab. But then I've never spent over a grand on any instrument. If I ever got something worth over 1500 or so I'd...
  9. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    I love new strings but I'm too lazy to change them most of the time.
  10. Re: Huzzah! New Mando Day! Kentucky KM-272 from The Mandolin Stor

    Yes indeed it is a V-neck.
  11. Re: Huzzah! New Mando Day! Kentucky KM-272 from The Mandolin Stor

    It's tonal quality is nice, but now that the honeymoon period has ended I've noticed some issues with it.

    1) The tailpiece cover doesn't fit. It apparently wasn't shaped properly. It doesn't fall...
  12. Eastman oval-hole vs f-hole: Difference in access to upper frets?

    I was looking at pictures of an MD304 and it seems like it has more restricted upper fret access compared to the MD305. Comparison photos (from Gryphon):

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    With the oval hole 304 it...
  13. Re: the Lloyd Loar F5s: in the 1920s and today

    One of the cool things about the mandolin is definitely the "lore of Loar". It's great to see instruments with a lot of history out there in capable hands.
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    Hot weather shipping concerns?

    Should we be concerned when an instrument has to make a cross-country trip in the summer, when temperatures can be in the 90's or more with high humidity (or large humidity fluctuations)? Is any...
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    Re: Eastman 515V vs Collings MT

    Very cool. I love blind experiments like this that remove any potential bias.
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    Re: Compare these 2 mandolin sound samples

    A sounded a little brighter. Could just be the string age difference. Other than that they sounded very similar to me. Were they different models?
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    This is some of his more "meat and potatoes" style work. Really love this duo.
  18. Huzzah! New Mando Day! Kentucky KM-272 from The Mandolin Store!

    Nothing like unboxing a new instrument...

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    Even though I tend to prefer F-style mandolins with f-holes, I was...
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    Re: Kentucky 272 and my big problem

    Well I couldn't resist. Pulled the trigger on a 272 from The Mandolin Store. Will report when it arrives!
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    Re: D string intonation

    My best guess would be that the nut is filed unevenly so that one of your D-strings is sitting slightly higher off the fretboard than the other. If this is the case, then they will sound fine when...
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    Re: Kentucky 272 and my big problem

    This makes me want to get a 272...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    Interesting 2-part interview with Chris about this album:

    https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/chris-thile-considers-his-community-and-christian-upbringing-in-laysongs-1-of-2/
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  23. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    Hi Barry, I like bluegrass, blues, and jazz on mandolin. I'm open to used instruments and my ideal mandolin is an f-style with f-holes. I just love the look of the scroll.
  24. What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin?

    It's not uncommon to think of mandolins and instruments in general as falling into different tiers or levels of quality.

    You will often hear people speak of "entry-level" mandolins or...
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