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I’m thinking about a mandolin

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by stxrus, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. stxrus

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    Figured it was worth a shot. It is fairly “exotic” there.
     
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    I have about a $400-$500 Korean F style mandolin. As above an A type will probably result in more for your money. They're fun to play.
     
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    I always wanted to learn to play the mandolin, but I never found the time. Sometimes I put a capo on my 12 string to simulate the sound of a mandolin
     
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    Around 15 years ago, I was browsing evilbay, looking at mandos and saw a Martin A-style at 235 with about 1.5 minutes to go. I prepared a bid of 300 and waited till 20 seconds to go and put in the bid. I ended getting it for 250- very fortuitous. It's a small bodied thing, but quite loud, goes well with my old D18.
     
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    I started trying to play the mandolin about 25 years ago on a very crappy mando, bought a better Kentucky and Michael Kelly a few times over. When I really got serious, playing some BG and old time music, I went on a search and found the best handmade mandolin I could find & afford. Through the often mentioned Mandolin Cafe, I found a Ken Ratcliff A model for about $1200 and it will be with me until I'm not longer here. I've played many others, many costing much more money but nothing has tempted me. I play much more mandolin than guitar. I can sit around and play fiddle tunes all day long.

    As been mentioned, go get one and let the world of instruments tuned in 5th's take you away!
     
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    Love that guy. My go-to mando cat is Rich DelGrosso, foremost blues mando authority and practitioner.
     
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    Yup. I had the rosewood model from when it was Mid-Missouri Mandolins. Sweet, sweet instrument!

    Stxrus, you can't beat the price for a new all-solid-wood US-made mando.
     
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