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  1. Thread: The Kentucky

    by renoyd
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    Re: The Kentucky

    I bought a KM180-B over 30 years ago. I think it sounds better now than long ago, might sound even better if the black lacquer finish was a little thinner. (Thought about this as a project several...
  2. Thread: Straps

    by renoyd
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    Re: Straps

    So, what you want then is a Souldier mandolin strap. Way more comfortable than any skinny leather or other material cord type, these are 1” wide, clever design and hardware, great for either A or F...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    The “Deluxe” (200-Series) and “Artist” (500-Series) A-style Kentucky’s seem to usually sound better IMHO than the Eastmans, the latter often look better. The 900 and 950 are a good step up from there...
  4. Thread: Kentucky KM180S

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    Re: Kentucky KM180S

    I have a KM180B I bought new long ago, same thing, but black. Sounds better with age, and itís easy to play. I had a new nut made to have the strings be a little closer together but was not really...
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    Re: Strap pin yes or no in a A-5

    Itís all just personal preference here. Me, I donít like them. Itís not like with a guitar where the larger body shifts the center of gravity toward the body end and a strap button near the heel...
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    Re: First post.. expensive mistake.

    I understand what the OP is experiencing. Yes, good left hand holding technique is important and may even lead to the MT V-profile, (somewhat of a pointy parabola), becoming more appreciated, but...
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    Re: Schaller Tuners - Black Buttons?

    Or you can get the excellent Rubner tuners that have real ebony buttons.
  8. Re: Phillips Collection of Fiddle Tunes Vol. 2 Help

    Very sorry to here that. I bought vol. 2 from him and it’s excellent. A dedicated guy to say the least.
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    Re: F Styles uncomfortable?

    I prefer A’s as well.
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    Re: Spoilt Satin Finish on Collings MT

    Meant a MT, (not an A).
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    Re: Spoilt Satin Finish on Collings MT

    I used to have a Collings A with satin finish. I never warmed up to the finish - it didn’t look “natural” and made a slight ffffft sound when your hand or something brushed against it. Did a lot of...
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    Re: Playing radius and flat fretboards

    To me, a slight radius is more comfy than a pronounced one. Regarding sharp V profiles, even a small amount of sanding of the point can be a big improvements if this with my '20 A2.
  13. Thread: what to choose

    by renoyd
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    Re: what to choose

    I think that many here might agree that the Kentucky would be the best choice from that list. A KM-140 or 150 can be a great place to start and can give satisfaction for many years, particularly if...
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    Re: Vintage Kentucky KM180B

    What do you want to know? I have one I bought new sometime around 1981 or so for about $105. Love it, has only continued sounded to better over the years and is an easy, comfortable player. What's...
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    Re: New (used) Smart A5!

    A new 3 year quest begins....
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    Re: Looking for my second mandolin

    Yup, KM 900 or 950 and you're all set.
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    Re: Are they really worth it?

    The only place I've been where you can actually try them out is Fiddler's Green and the have every model. There may be other places but darn few. Settled on the TP-1R (50 and 60 thickness). It is...
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Pava Satin A-5 but....

    They are entirely different instruments. Collings is wonder in perfection of build, the Pava a wonder in richness and complexity of sound. At this level, (entry pro level), it is worth whatever...
  19. Re: Kentucky vs. Eastman: Differences in 600 series and up?

    Strictly one person's opinion: Eastmans look better, Kentuckys sound and play better. Regarding those models you mention, if A's are on the table and price is key, go with the 900's - better than...
  20. Thread: Chicago shops

    by renoyd
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    Re: Chicago shops

    Hope you will seriously consider option 2 Stephen. Chicago and the whole region must have the lowest mandolin resources per capita ratio in the nation. Yes, there are some places here and there in...
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    Re: Oval hole mando purchase

    Have tried several Kentucky ovals including the 272. All sounded very good, some simply excellent in tone and volume. Often they have the big lows and tubbiness of the old Gibson A's but with better...
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    Re: Strap for a Gibson A2?

    Agree with the placement of the strap - simply tie it above the nut, between tuning pegs. I like the Souldier mandolin straps for this, though some don't like the metal buckle parts, it's easy to...
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    Re: explosion of Collings mandolins

    Nick, you think the Collings is close to the Pava? While both are of Austin origin, to me they normally sound far different.
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    Re: Older Kentucky A Style

    I have a KM-180B I bought in the early 80's that really has gotten better sounding and louder over the years, beats most current Asian imports I've tried. With various setting up and other putzing,...
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    Re: Northfield, Passernig, Pava...Input Needed

    Regarding neck profiles: The Passernig to me has a fairly distinct V, which is Stefan's personal preference, though it is not as thick and wide as say, a teens Gibson. Had him take the edge of the V...
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