Re: Ktone Mandolins
So, to summarize: not a very good mandolin, but decent for the price. As I quoted from other reviewers of K-Tone instruments, "I didn't expect much, so I wasn't disappointed."
Nonni, I applaud you for your "glass is half full" attitude -- a not-so-good instrument leads you to perfect your technique in order to get a passable sound. The money you save by buying a "cheapo" can be spent on accessories, instructional materials, etc. If a mandolin doesn't project, well, then it won't be so loud as to bother others. And you apparently found the factory "set-up," which I doubt was given a lot of time or expertise, acceptable for your purposes.
I would hazard a guess that most mandolin players started out on a low-end student model, and it's always good to find one that's at least playable and non-discouraging to the beginner. Glad that it worked out for you!
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