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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. Bryant View Post
    ...Paul Shippey...informed me that the wait time on one of the "Axe" mandolins was 34 months. I am 76 almost 77 and 34 months is a little beyond my focus..."Life is good!"
    Yeah, at my age (pushin' 78), I get nervous about buying green bananas. The instrument's gotta be available right there in the store, for me to show even a little interest. There are many many good new and used flat-tops showing up for sale; waiting three years for my heirs to get a superb builder's instrument -- well, seems risky. Not that I don't want the kids to have good mandolins (not that either plays one), but still...
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    well, I love my Flatiron, that's for sure.

    That said, I'm very interested in the bottom of the options - the Kentucky pancake. Anybody played one of these? At $250, I've been tempted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatt-dad View Post
    well, I love my Flatiron, that's for sure.

    That said, I'm very interested in the bottom of the options - the Kentucky pancake. Anybody played one of these? At $250, I've been tempted!

    f-d
    I ordered one from Elderly back in February/March.(They had a batch of 10) They decided not to ship them because they felt the neck angle was bad and they couldn't do a proper setup. I applaud them for not shipping them out, but it increased my curiosity. I ended up buying one from another retailer and I think Elderly was right. The one I got was pretty much unplayable with crazy high action. I brought the nut slots down a bit and had to bring the bridge way down to the point where there isn't much of a break angle. It's playable, but there isn't a lot of volume. Definitely does not compare with a Flat Iron. It's an ok beater though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2E View Post
    I ordered one from Elderly back in February/March.(They had a batch of 10) They decided not to ship them because they felt the neck angle was bad and they couldn't do a proper setup. I applaud them for not shipping them out, but it increased my curiosity. I ended up buying one from another retailer and I think Elderly was right. The one I got was pretty much unplayable with crazy high action. I brought the nut slots down a bit and had to bring the bridge way down to the point where there isn't much of a break angle. It's playable, but there isn't a lot of volume. Definitely does not compare with a Flat Iron. It's an ok beater though.
    Thanks for the report. Shame too! It'd be fun to know that there is a good, simple mandolin for folks to enjoy. Something all wood and sub-$300 bucks!

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    Congrats!
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