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Michael Kelly Mandola $700

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If you’re mandola-curious, and want to experiment with a playable instrument without breaking the bank, I can recommend this Michael Kelly Legacy mandola without reservation, because that’s exactly why I bought it. There’s a lot of shade cast on MK instruments here at the Café, but I don’t think it’s warranted. They are what they are. I have worked very hard to improve the intonation and action on this one, and I think it has paid off. It has a new tailpiece cover and a new Cumberland acoustics bridge, compensated for mandola. The condition is very good, with some finish blemishes and swirling. I’m selling it because I have commissioned a custom mandola from Max Girouard, and I need every penny to make that last payment. You can hear it being played (poorly) on Youtube here:

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The recordings were made in an empty, very acoustically-live room with only the camera microphone. It’s as close to the unvarnished sound of the actual instrument as I can get. It responds to a sensitive touch and confident fingering. According to Michael Kelly staff, it was made between 2006 and 2008, and there weren’t very many made. Top and back were reportedly hand-carved, and the instrument was made in Korea. Here are the specs from a contemporary advertisement:

Back and Sides Solid Flame Maple
Binding Full Bound Body, Headstock and Neck
Fingerboard Rosewood
Machine Heads High Quality Grover Tuners
Neck Joint Dovetail Neck Joint
Neck Material Rock Maple
Pickguard None
Scale 17"
Top Wood Carved Solid Spruce

$700 including original hardshell case and shipping to CONUS, as well as Café contribution.

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Category: Mandolins
Ad Number 139350
Posted: May 16, 2019 12:01 PM CDT

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Marc Montefusco

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