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    Re: Kimble neck - forearm pain

    Just to offer a differing opinion, I’d move it along to someone whose hand it fits. There was a time when there were so few quality mandolins that if you found a good one you had to make it work....
  2. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    I don’t know if the OP is still monitoring this thread, and I’m sure others can post on the originality and condition of the linked, but there’s a good chance it’s a fine player for the stated...
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    Re: Help me date a Kentucky KM-1500

    I was always under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that the S suggested a solid top (and by extension laminate back and sides) on the 150 line to contrast it with the absence of that feature...
  4. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    When I was migrating over from guitar, with more of an interest in ITM than grass (as well as a limited budget), I felt like I had three options: a factory import (I tried The Loars); a vintage piece...
  5. Re: Suggestions for types strings and a mandolin

    This one is listed as mint for newly half your budget:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/177484#177484
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    Re: Monel strings

    I don’t believe the Curt Mangan monels to be “coated” strings like Elixirs; rather, the wound strings employ monel, an alloy that is resistant to corrosion.
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    Re: Mid-MO value

    I suspect that you’d get more for the Breedlove, which used to traffic around $700 but seem to have ticked up slightly in recent years.
  8. Re: Suggestions for types strings and a mandolin

    If you donít mind the expense, you might consider a flatwound string from Thomastik-Infeld. I typically have used the mediums (mittels) on flattops, but you could try the light (weich) set. If you...
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    Re: Mid-MO value

    I love flattops, including the Mid-Missouri M0 on which I got started, but I have not found that the standard depreciation of ~70% for archtops holds for most flattops. Great for buyers, bad for...
  10. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    I saw this Flatiron pancake which would work well for blues and folk:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/176702#176702
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    Re: Cost for refret

    Who needs a refret when you have one of Adrianís Hogan F5ís with stainless steel frets installed from the bench? :grin:
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    Re: Light Strings

    It’s a cheap enough experiment to conduct. My guess would be that light strings might not be enough to get everything out of the top, but that compromise could still be sufficient for your purposes.
  13. Re: URGENT: Found stolen Pegasus case - Goshen, IN

    Or he could not. The OP has been a member since Mar-25-2009 but has only 156 posts.
  14. Re: URGENT: Found stolen Pegasus case - Goshen, IN

    The OP hasnít logged on to the Cafe since 9/30, the day after this thread was started.
  15. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    I’d start with less invasive surgery, such as a heavier string (D’Addario EJ75) and pick (1.5 mm).

    P.S. Some players prefer a ToneGard on the back and even an armrest on the top so as not to mute...
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    You are correct! Would this be your fifth mandolin? How accurate would my prediction be? :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    How much was your first mandolin, Sue? Would this one be four times as much? :cool:
  18. Re: Epiphone MM-30: Should I Improve It, Or Upgrade?

    If I had a budget of $800-$1000 to play Irish, I would be thinking that I could find a lifetime instrument in a flattop:
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  19. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    I discovered that backroom, and it is at Bernunzio’s:

    https://bernunzio.com/product/ozark-banjo-co-custom-tubaphone-27972/

    They also just quickly moved interesting builds by Jason Burns, Kevin...
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    Re: Gibson A-4, Teens vs 20s

    I’ve always thought that the snakehead was just a recognizable visual cue signaling other developments (adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod, more narrow neck, profile, etc.) favored by modern...
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    Re: Gibson A-4, Teens vs 20s

    Who needs to spend 5 grand to get a ‘24? :whistling:
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    Hey Josh,

    Like several here, ďdark and throatyĒ made me think of an Ellis A5 or even an oval. But if youíre committed to an F5, then Iíd look for a small builder who is under the radar and then...
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    No, thatís not how mandolin pricing works. While I have yet to play the Waterloo, though I have been occasionally tempted, I am sure that it is a flawlessly built example of what it is. That said,...
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    You’ve obviously had a number of fine mandolins pass through your hands and collection. Did it remind you of any of them in particular? Are any modern builders getting somewhat closer to the target?
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    Re: The Loar LM400 or LM520

    I’ll do you one better and say that for someone not looking to play bluegrass, a $500 budget can buy you a lifetime used flattop mandolin.
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