Any Mandolin Players Here

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  1. burtf51

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    Dang I really got the jones for getting a mandolin, not that I get off the couch so I'd like but don't need a high dollar instrument but one that plays and sounds good. I've been looking at the Eastman MD305 & Kentucky. I use to play one or better say peck around years ago but it'd be like starting over. I love the looks of an F style but would be really embarrassed to even pull it out cause someone might think I could really play or at least ought to play really good, so I'm thinking about an A-Style even tho there's some really mighty fine players that play A-Styles...but then which A-Style f hole or oval hole and I don't know about nut width differences in different brands or preferences. I prefer an 1 3/4 on my acoustic.
     
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    Also Bouzouk!
     
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    I started playing mando about 4 years or so ago. I REALLY suck at it, but it's fun.

    I've got a Morris Mandolin (Howard Morris out of Oregon) #312 all handmade. Incredible instrument, and highly affordable:

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    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    I started playing mandolin several years ago and it's always been a second instrument for me (meaning, I don't put the time and discipline into it, I just enjoy dinking around with it, especially in a band context).

    I've got a Kentucky 700 that I bought from Mandolin Hut in Knoxville online. If I had to do it over again, I'd get an Eastman. I love the Kentucky and it's got a great sound and perfect action, stays in tune all day long and is great fun to play, but the Kentucky has a violin neck and with larger hands, I think I'd enjoy a beefy neck. My hands tend to cramp up after playing the Kentucky for an hour or so.

    Coming from the guitar, I recall that I was making music with my mandolin within about 10 minutes of opening the case. If you've got a background in music, I think you'll take to it very quickly.
     
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    Got a mandolin and an octave mandolin, but don't get to play them as much as I would like.
     
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    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    I putz around with one. As I played a pretty good fiddle at one time it only seemed natural to give a mandolin a shot. I keep three el cheapos around - a 1920s Supertone with MOTS board and a touch of decalcomania, 1933 Gibson-made Recording King and a 1941 Strad-O-Lin.. The Strad, in my opinion, is probably the best kept secret of the mandolin world. Nobody knows who built them but the story is Bill Monore even used to keep one around.
     
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    Yeah I bought a mandolin just for the heck of it and it puts a smile on your face every time I pick it up. :)
    I'd recommend trying one out to everyone they're great fun.

     
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    I've got a Harley Benton bouzouki and a Barnes n Mullen mandolin. The mandolin has a 1.5" nut, a lot wider than standard which suits me better. You looking for an acoustic or electric? Epiphone did a very cool firebird mandolin a few years back, if you can find one they're great fun
     
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    No, I don't want an electric nothing else...think I'm sticking with the Eastman, lots of good mando players at Mandolin Cafe speak highly of theirs...
     
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    Eastman make wonderful instruments, you'll have a ball playing it
     
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    Count me in. I have a Breedlove Quartz 'A' style. I'm nothing special on it but it's fun to play, has a great sound, and is just the thing for when I need a change up....or just when sitting on the deck with a cold one.

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    I have three, an oval hole, an F hole, and a Neapolitan. My fav is an early A2. mandolins are also known as cheese slicers - hard on the fingers, due to twice the strings (twice the tension). Tuning is...fun...once you get it just right in tune, they sing pretty well.
     
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    Yes, Kentucky KM505 Artist. Great instrument and helps expand my knowledge and skills.
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    Rigel A+ Deluxe, 1934 Gibson A-00 and a Fender Mando-Strat with a one-off Dave Evans 2nd string bender.



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    I bought this

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    a couple-three years ago. It was a pretty nice-sounding instrument. I kept it around a while, doodled with it a few times, then realized I have enough work to do on guitar without worrying about learning mandolin, too. I sold it last year around Christmas time, for a little more than I paid for it.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I can play (mediocrely) mandolin parts for: Maggie May, and Shipping up to Boston.

    And I can play(mediocrely) “the Swallowtail Jig.”

    That’s it...

    Although, strangely enough despite many many many more hours of playing guitar, I find that picking out melodies on the mandolin is much easier for me than on guitar. It may be the 5ths tuning, but whenever I just start noodling on mandolin I just seem know better where I’m going. Couldn’t tell you what key it’s in, but...
     
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