Re: My Kay Mandolin
The Kay I have is probably from the 40s (I think this is true because of the painted gold script Kay on the headstock and the only other examples of that logo style have been from that period). It actually sounds good, even compared to the Gibson and the Eastman. It's currently awaiting a bit of freshening up - I want a slight radius on the neck and it needs new frets and a new bridge (it's an adjustable two piece bridge and the top piece has bowed), so it'll be my first attempt at luthiery.
1918 Gibson A, "Lillian";
1940s (?) Kay A style f hole - currently down for a refret and fretboard re-profile, my first attempts (with guidance) at lutherie.
1981 Washburn M7SN (2 point);
2011 Eastman 504, "Belle";
2012 Lafferty mahogany octave mandolin;
2012 Emando (Saga), "Hank"
1 husband, 2 dogs, 4 chickens.