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Looking for New Mandolin

Postby fergmaun » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:02 pm

Since selling by Blue Moon BM 05 mandolin Yesterday Wednesday 19 April 2017 I am on the look out for a new Mandolin.

Price range £200 - £500 GBP

First I prefer the A Style Teardrop Style with round oval hole body look.


Natural Matt or Natural Gloss Finish or Sunburst finish.

What wood for top Spruce or Ceder
What wood for back and sides Mahogany or Maple
What wood for fingerboard Ebony or Rosewood
What wood for Neck Mahogany or Maple

Local Music Shops near me in Belfast Northern Ireland

http://www.dawsons.co.uk/guitars/mandol ... rder=price
https://matchettsmusic.com/collections/ ... -ascending
http://www.belfastmusic.co.uk/mandolins-173-c.asp

Music Shops in UK I have used before

http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/cat/mando ... tegory_id-
239/applied_filters-/order-PLH/page_number-1/items_per_page-100000
Premium Workshop Set-up at Eagle http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/content/f ... -setup.htm

http://www.themusicroom-online.co.uk

Cheers

Fergus
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Dave Hanson » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:47 pm

Try getting in touch with Trevor at TAMCO in Brighton, he carries the best range of mandolins in the UK and the mail order service is 1st class.

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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Ray(T) » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:40 am

I'd second what Dave says re TAMCO but I suspect Trevor's cheapest will be slightly above your budget.

Bear in mind that a matt finish will go glossy and usually in patches where you touch the instrument. I have a 2 month old mandola with a matt neck which is shining up nicely!

Re. materials - any will do but the sound of each will differ. My prefences would be -

Top - spruce (some like cedar but I prefer to save that for garden sheds)
Back, sides and neck - preferably maple (vintage Gibson mandolins use birch for the first two)
Fretboard - either
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Dave Hanson » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:48 pm

Nowt wrong with cedar, Fylde used cedar for mandolin tops for many years [ they may still do ] and most spanish guitars were made with cedar tops. Having said that I prefer spruce myself.

I once had an original Fylde mandolin, mahogany and cedar, I sold it to a friend of mine and everytime I hear him play it I regret selling it.

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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Ray(T) » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:23 pm

Bet the top was/is full of marks and dents. Cedar is too soft, tends to lack stiffness and gives a mellow sound whereas spruce is harder, stiffer and produces a brighter sound with more attack. All a matter of preference really but show me a "top-line" mandolin built in cedar. It's probably why I don't like Fylde mandolins and, incidentally, our shed is built in pine!
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby DaveL35 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:36 pm

show me a "top-line" mandolin built in cedar


OK. Early Stefan Sobell mandolin. Cedar top.

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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby fergmaun » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:06 am

Was thinking about the Mandolin by Kentucky KM-172 Honey Amber at Hobgoblin Music Shop. New for £419.00 or secondhand at £299.

https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/p ... ney-amber/
https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/p ... h-gig-bag/

Mandolin by Kentucky KM-172 Honey Ambergood condition with gig bag Price £299 with free UK delivery
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Ray(T) » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:50 pm

[quote="fergmaun"]Was thinking about the Mandolin by Kentucky KM-172 Honey Amber at Hobgoblin Music Shop. New for £419.00 or secondhand at £299.

https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/p ... ney-amber/
https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/p ... h-gig-bag/

Mandolin by Kentucky KM-172 Honey Ambergood condition with gig bag Price £299 with free UK delivery[/quote]

Never played one but Kentucky is one of the usually suggested brands at the cheaper end of the market along with Eastman. If you're going to have to "hand" it, I'd suggest you go for the used one.
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Ray(T) » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:58 pm

[quote="DaveL35"][quote]show me a "top-line" mandolin built in cedar[/quote]

OK. Early Stefan Sobell mandolin. Cedar top.

[img]http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k241/DaveL35/DSCF2387es.jpg[/img][/quote]

OK but Stefan's mandolins aren't exactly "typical". They're something of a one-off as far as mandolins go. It's also interesting to note that Stefan makes no mention of cedar on the "Wood and materials - Soundboards" part of his website; only spruce.
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby DaveL35 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:55 pm

Paul Shippey "Axe" mandolin - current model. Cedar top.
http://paulshippey.co.uk/index.php/mandolins/axe-mandolin-3/
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Re: Looking for New Mandolin

Postby Beanzy » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:20 am

Oakwood also offer cedar on several of their instrument ranges.
http://www.oakwoodinstruments.co.uk/four/range.htm
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