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    Question Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Hi,

    I am new to mandolins but have been playing guitar for years.

    I want to buy a beginner mandolin but one of good quality.

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me about this model:
    https://matchettsmusic.com/collectio...in-with-gigbag

    There isn't many options in my area and I don't find much info on this model or maker online.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by fraserc12 View Post
    Hi,

    I am new to mandolins but have been playing guitar for years.

    I want to buy a beginner mandolin but one of good quality.

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me about this model:
    https://matchettsmusic.com/collectio...in-with-gigbag

    There isn't many options in my area and I don't find much info on this model or maker online.

    Thank you!
    It was most likely made in China (Asian for sure). The brand name means very little as this instrument is imported into the US as well under dozens of brand names. If it's setup well by the shop it should work as an instrument to learn on. The top is solid wood but the sides and back will be laminated.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Thanks Michael! I wouldn’t have thought it was Asian made in mass so thanks for that info.
    I’ve bought form here before and they do a good job on set up so might be a good option

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    Hi. Are you in UK? For beginner I would recommend a Republic mandolin. A- style from Cash Converters.

    They are basically a Savannah SA-120 all solid wood mandolin with very good projection. May need a set up but the Adam Black one looks more like the run of the mill laminated back and sides and I have found that type to be lacking in tone.

    Maybe I'm wrong on the Adam Black mandolin but worth trying a Republic.

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    Default Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    According to the printed specs, the Adam Black at least has a solid spruce top -- heat-pressed, not carved (not as good) -- laminated maple back and sides, and "purpleheart" (?) fingerboard. Also a gig bag, though the pic shows a pretty basic one. US dollar equivalent is about $275, which is decent for a solid-top instrument.

    Definitely Asian (probably Chinese) made, I'd guess by one of the big factories that puts various labels on their products for various distributors. Properly set up, could be an acceptable student instrument. As the previous poster says, all-solid-wood should be a better one, however. Not sure what Cash Converters sells the Republic for.

    Since you already play guitar, you know about the importance of proper set-up. The variable that most guitars don't have, is that mandolin has a "floating" bridge -- not glued to the top, held on by string tension. It's of utmost importance that the bridge be properly positioned, and the saddle height be adjusted for the right "action" (string height). A good instrument dealer will do this before selling a mandolin; a fairly experienced player can learn to do this without too much effort.

    You have knowledge of stringed instruments; I'd see if I could give the Adam Black a bit of a "test drive" before deciding to buy it.
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    Default Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Yes I'm from the UK, I see they have one for £69. I'd have to get it delivered unfortunately I'm not near one to try in person. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep an eye out for one!

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    Default Re: Any info on this mandolin would be appreciated

    Thanks Allen, I hadn't considered the floating bridge.. I'd much prefer to buy off a good dealer, I'd be able to do it I'm sure but having someone with experience would be better.

    I can test out the Adam Black but I am worried it's more of a "student/beginner" instrument.. I know if I buy a mandolin it'll always be picked up and played

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