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    Re: Straps for A style

    Like these very much, use the cord loop end around the middle of tuners, comfortable, lots of choices of design and colors. Stays at the length chosen! ...
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    Re: KM180s made in Japan, update

    I have a KM180-B from about 1980, same thing but all black. Very easy to play and fine sound, got better over time. Put new nut on with closer spacing and lowered action, smoothed the few sharp fret...
  3. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    Kentucky. Not always as pretty as Eastmans, but on the whole, after trying both many times over the years, they seem to play and sound better more often than not, in A-B comparisons. Most but not...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Seems you like the KM-150, and you have plenty of company. I agree with Ed above, Kentuckyís may not look as nice as Loars or Eastmans but they seem to be more consistently emphasizing good sound. I...
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    Yup, smooth corners down, and then get a clamp-on arm rest like from McClung or others. Started using these and will never go back!
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    To go back to the original point, yup, I also think Fís can can be a bit uncomfortable with the points into oneís leg when sitting. Look cool though! I like Aís.
  7. Re: How can I convert unsearchable PDF files to searchable PDF fi

    Hello, you will find yourself music here, with text recognition:
    https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:a3d994f6-e7e4-4884-891f-427743ab9ece

    Did with my iPhone. Let me...
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    Re: advice on purchasing a Mandolin

    Howard Morris has one of his A models in the classifieds for just a bit over $1000 new, with 48 hr trial. Pretty, too! Other possibilities are a Kentucky 900 or 950. Some have said in response to...
  9. Thread: The Kentucky

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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...
  10. Thread: Straps

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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...
  12. 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.
  16. 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.
  21. Thread: what to choose

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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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