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Feb-20-2005, 1:33am
My girlfriend calls her Sweet Lady. I think the appellation fits her. Mandolin is a feminine noun in French, you know.




Jeremy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Feb-20-2005, 10:55am
I also have a MK Legacy"O" here is a print from one of my limited editions I created .

The MK is a really nice mando for the buck.

Feb-20-2005, 11:04am
Nice looking mandolin, really enjoy seeing the increase in popularity of the oval holes, good choice! How does she sound? and did you try other mandolins in making your decision?

Feb-20-2005, 3:04pm
I already owned an MK "butterfly" for 3 years so it wasn't a leap into the unknown for me. The Lgacy "O" has more of a sustain than the "Butterfly" . The "butterfly", I have been using when I play Bluegrass as it has less sustain and a more percussive chop needed for Bluegrass. The legacy"O" works better for "old-time" fiddle tunes, just fits better with all of those fiddlers sawing away.

Mandolins I have played? Well actually I am very lucky in that I play with a fiddle group that has a number of mandolin pickers in it all really good and very willing to switch instruments around. At our Friday night jam sessions, to date I have had a chance to play the following:

Gibson Monroe
Gibson Flatiron "F"
Gibson "F" 4 1914 ?
Iverson "F"
Webber "A"

All of the above were great mandolins but out of my price range, that is why I like the MKs. I can afford one or two and still not feel gulity. By the way all of the players that have switched with me liked my MKs. I had to ask for my MK back more than once as the folks who were switching liked them and I was liking the Gibsons too much! Rather a dangerous thing for someone suffering from MAS.

Feb-20-2005, 3:26pm
Thanks for the feed back, was just curious about the sound and what comparison there was to other instruments in, or out of the same price range. Sounds like a pretty broad group to be able to compare to. One of my short comings is not having access to, or hearing many other mandolins besides my own. Only in the last year I've gotten to some festivals and been able to sample a few.

Feb-20-2005, 7:06pm
I sampled no other mandolins. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif #The MK just called out to me. #I went here (http://www.music123.com/Mandolins-d777.music) and looked at my options. #Also, this (http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/cats/90N.htm) site is a great place to compare, as they have extensive photos. #Hope that helps.

I bought the oval-holed model because I heard Norman Blake playing one and loved the sound. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif