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    Hello all,
    Pretty new to the forum here but have been on mandolin cafe for some time now. Anyhow, today I found a Loar lm-520 for 350 dollars. I couldnít pass it up. Does anyone know how they are or if that is a good value? Thank you in advance.

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    Figured I'd chime in here.... I've been hiding and watching for a while now. I have an LM-520. It is my first "real" mandolin. I've had it for about 5 years now, and like it pretty well. But honestly, I don't really have much to compare it to. I like the tone, and I guess the set up is pretty good. Its been a good mandolin for me to learn on for sure!

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    https://youtu.be/RavUMQYgnK8

    Check out the 520 in action.
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    Wow that mandolin sounds great! He is much better than I am but I am glad to see how it could sound. Thank you for the response.

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    I’ve really enjoyed mine for the 3 years or so I’ve had it. I haven’t played very many different mandolins. The only negative I have with it is the fretboard extension. My picking hand always wants to wander up to that spot causing the pick to tap on the fretboard.

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    I had a LM-520 for a couple of years and enjoyed it; however, I did sell it for $450 when I bought my Eastman 615md.
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    I had a LM-520 for a couple of years and enjoyed it; however, I did sell it for $450 when I bought my Eastman 615md.

    How does the LM-520 compare to the MD-615?

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    I found the MD-615 to have a warmer, clear tone that I liked. I also preferred the feel of playing it better than the Loar. The Loar was good, but the Eastman was a definite step up.
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    Thanks Mando Mort! I've been considering something different and was wondering if the radius fretboard made that much of a difference in comfort/playability. Is it noticeable?

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    At more than twice the cost; it's no wonder that the 615 is a step up from the 520.
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    So I ended up taking the 520 back. I didnít like it. I ended up finding a lm-400 for the same price that I got. It is noticeably better. Maybe just the set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyEllison View Post
    So I ended up taking the 520 back. I didn’t like it. I ended up finding a lm-400 for the same price that I got. It is noticeably better. Maybe just the set up.
    The A style 400 is built the same as F style 700, less gold hardware...top of their line.
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    Could be both set up and tone....I've heard the LM 400 is comparable to their LM-600 or 700 F Style mandolins. Enjoy it!! This stuff is addictive!! And thanks for keeping us posted!!

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    My first mandolin was an LM 520 and it was great for a beginner. I needed something with a pickup when I moved up a bit in quality but the 520 into a mic served me well for a while.

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