Re: Michael Kelly Legacy Mandolin Walnut
I'm not sure how "tiny frets" result in "cramping the hand up." It's the distance between the frets that governs how far fingers have to stretch, and there won't be much difference between the two mandolins you're comparing. A smaller diameter neck on the Alvarez might lead to that "cramped" feeling. Before spending $500 on a mandolin that's no improvement in terms of construction, appearance or sound over what you're playing now, I'd drop less than $100 on a professional set-up on the Alvarez, and see how you like it afterwards. Alternatively, I'd pass on the MK, continue to save up buxx, and look for a better instrument in the $1K range –– preferably from a nearby dealer where you might get a trade-in on the Alvarez.
Originally Posted by jlwiseman
The fact that you asked for Cafe advice, rather than immediately falling in love with the MK and snapping it up, indicates to me you may have doubts about the wisdom of spending $500 just to get "bigger frets." If you've optimized the Alvarez's set-up, and you still don't like the way it plays, that's one thing; "churning" through equivalent-level mandolins, at $500 a pop, is something else.
Last edited by allenhopkins; Nov-26-2010 at 12:46pm.
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