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  1. Re: Anyone know of any nickel-free mando strings?

    The problem isn't with the wound PB strings, its the High E and A strings that are pure nickel that break me out, otherwise I would use those. Even the frets on mandolin break me out, moreso than on...
  2. Anyone know of any nickel-free mando strings?

    Hey all, so I'm looking for any mandolin string suggestions that don't contain nickel, I'm allergic to nickel so my string choices are pretty limited. I use Elixer PBs on my guitars and I'm normally...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Well I bought one of the early Ďbefore they were goodí Kentucky KM-630 pressed top mandolin for $200, found it was identical to the generic branded mandolin I had been borrowing, then sold it. Now...
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    Re: The masterís hands

    Id love to see the back of that mando! I dont think I’ve ever seen a BRW F style mandolin
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Being part of the ‘next generation’ of normal pickers/buyers, I would look forward to the day when Loar’s could be had for around $20k, but I don’t think it’ll ever happen unless something Earth...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation

    I just ordered a Lakota non-braided strap, hopefully it works for me. I love the looks of the braided ones, I just didn’t feel like spending that much just yet
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    Not on the Cafť here, but Personally I’ve sold one over $4k guitar this week and I’m supposed to be selling 2 guitars at $1k a piece tomorrow, so for me personally the market has been picking up...
  8. Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    Thanks, the last back I posted was recieved with mixed opinions, hopefully this one makes up for it! If the sound is there, Iím gonna jump on this one! Hereís the only photo of the front I have, but...
  9. Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    For sure, I’ve owned a couple Walnut Backed Gibsons and they were all pretty fine sounding guitars
  10. Re: Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    I’m planning on going to play it before buying it, just wondering what the general consensus is about Walnut as a tonewood for archtop mandolins.
  11. Any Experience With Walnut F5 Mandolins?

    So I have just been offered a really nice F5 mandolin with a one piece Walnut back, something I’d never seen on an F style mandolin. Does anyone know If a walnut is a good tonewood for the bluegrass...
  12. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    It is less of a concern now, as I'm going ahead and getting what I want now rather than worrying about it not being a good fit. I'm getting all of the features I want now, and while I do still have a...
  13. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I appreciate the opinions and concerns, before I talked to him about it I did have some concerns, but he cleared them up over the phone. He uses normal figured maple for most all of his builds like...
  14. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    Good point, but honestly I'm not sure how important the back figure is to me. It is going to have a highly flamed neck and a double vine fretboard inlay, so the back might be out out of place....
  15. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I talked to the builder on the phone today, he said that this is some of stiffest Maple he's used, super stable too. The spruce is a wide grained piece which is what he tends to prefer, seems like it...
  16. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I’m going to talk to him about it on the phone sometime next week most likely. I’ve never seen a mandolin from him that had burn marks, so I’m sure he’ll clean them up with no problems. I can always...
  17. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

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    As requested, here’s a photo of the back wetted with denatured alcohol. Definitely some unique figuring for sure, but the black area still worries me some
  18. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I’ve been talking a little more with the builder today, and I may just end up with this back on my mandolin anyways. I’ll see if I can’t get him to send me a picture of it with denatured alcohol on...
  19. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    You really think its that ugly? For now I'm holding out that the mandolin made from the same board looks more pleasant, but mainly if it sounds like how I want when its in the rough thats all that...
  20. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    Its not mine, just a pic that a builder sent me. He has a mandolin thats almost finished using a piece from the same board, When I get a pic of that one I’ll post it. I’m considering the mandolin but...
  21. What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    Here’s a mandolin back that looks really unique, lots of different things going on. Flat-sawn (obviously), looks like some kind of burl going on and some really unique figure. Never quite seen...
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    Nut Width Decision Advise needed

    Hi all, so Iím looking at ordering my first good mandolin and Iím having trouble deciding on what nut width to choose. Iím mainly a guitar player (my preffered width there is 1 23/32Ē, 2nd choice...
  23. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    The only reason I'm slightly concerned with future resale is because I'm not sure of what I want in a mandolin yet. I'm unsure about what nut width and neck shape I like, which I have become pretty...
  24. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    Is your Kentucky the newest version of the KM-850? I’ve heard the older ones arent the best. I have just about decided to not try and beat around the bush and just get a good US made mandolin and be...
  25. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    I am comfortable doing my own setups. I really like that Northfield, but I really need to sell another guitar before sinking in that much money in right now. I guess like most everything, patience is...
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