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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Jeepers this is hard work.

    The Kentucky 252 turned up with the filthiest strings i've ever seen. Action was too high and the intonation was slightly flat.
    Shop i bought it from very apologetic...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Managed to order a km252 at a good price new from Hobgoblin. Hopefully this will be a better experience.
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I've stumbled upon a Kentucky km630, used. Serial number 09070803. Looks to be a Saga chinese made one. Are these all solid. Seller wants £400, any thoughts ?
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Oh great and the shop that is selling the Mandolin just pulled out of the sale on me. They started the setup and realised that the fretwork was too big a job. After telling me that it was...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I managed to find a hard foam TKL a/f case for £35 from a shop in Manc. Considering the price of the Mandolin (£275) I think thats about right
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Yes They are. I bought a guitar stand off them In June and a few other bits. Took 2 weeks to be delivered but no additional duty or vat to be paid.
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Ok £53 if you include shipping. Shipping anything from the EU under £135 is straightforward
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Ok I ordered the km250. Canít wait. They didnít have any gig bags or hard cases in so I need to find one. Thomann have a universal ABS one for Mandolins (suitable for a and f styles) that looks good...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Here's me naively thinking i can use a guitar pick.
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    UPDATE

    Ok so I found a bargain used Kentucky KM-250 from a reputable store that does setups. Quite a lot of buckle rash and a few dings (well used) on it but the store is saying she plays just...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I think things have changed. Even the Chinese built ones are excellent these days and they are so consistent. Every Yamaha I have bought has been spot on out of the box
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I had a look online at Kentuckys and seems there are quite a few stores selling the km252 at a discount and cheaper than the 150. A good starter bluegrasser?
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I have one of each of the new Red label mij Yamahas, fantastic Guitars and better than Martins 18 series imho.

    There is a good review online of the MD305 and the MD415 by the same guy...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    I know in the guitar world they are well thought of. I've never owned one being a Yamaha man myself.
    My main question is just if they are the right brand for Bluegrassing. Seems im stuck on either...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Hmm I see Forsyths have an offer on an Eastman MD415 black. Tempted
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Up in North Wales, Denbighshire.
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    Bluegrass Mandolin for a Newbie

    Hi there,
    I've been playing guitar for a while and have a keen interest in bluegrass.
    Had a play on a mandolin a few weeks back and decided i liked it.

    Any recommendations on a...
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