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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by stxrus, Feb 27, 2021.
Only 1600 miles or so
Figured it was worth a shot. It is fairly “exotic” there.
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.
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
I have an Eastman and it is fine, but if I was to do it over, I would go with a Big Muddy...small shop made.
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.
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!
Or, if you don't want to climb down from your Winnebago, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. . . .
Love that guy. My go-to mando cat is Rich DelGrosso, foremost blues mando authority and practitioner.
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.