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    Default I just Googled "Best Mandolin". Amazing results...

    It is 4:59 in the morning, so naturally I googled for "Best Mandolin".

    This is the FIRST result I got:

    https://www.cmuse.org/best-mandolin/

    It is about the "20 best Mandolin Reviews 2017 - Best Mandolin Brands".
    The "facts" are ... amazing!

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    I don't even know how to respond. Wow. It's like they just spent a few hours reading Amazon reviews and became an expert.

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    Default Re: I just Googled "Best Mandolin". Amazing results...

    The experts have spoken. Or, at least, their computer has churned out a link-filled piece of clickbait junk designed to generate the most traffic and the most advertising revenue.

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    Default Re: I just Googled "Best Mandolin". Amazing results...

    Don’t be so cynical! It’s pacped with lots of helpful information like:

    It is advised to always buy the mandolin that is made of quality materials.
    And:

    You can keep your mandolin protected from water and dust.
    Certainly changed my perspective!

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    This is one wacky little article. It looks like the single most important quality in a mando is that it be available through Amazon, preferably for less than a hundred bucks. I clicked on a few of the unknown brands, and got "currently unavailable" on each one.

    OneChord, I was enjoying some of the descriptions as well.

    "The chrome hardware adds a touch of class to the mandolin. The mandolin is well-built due to its exquisite craftsmanship. It can last for long periods with just minimum care and maintenance."

    "You can play it for a longer duration while outing your shoulders at ease." And, about that one's case, "This is useful in storing your mandolin safely from dust and water. You can easily move it to any place without damaging it."

    "It features the classic M-O-P Kentucky script inlay and dot markers. This makes it easy to change pitch and produce varied tunes."

    The syntax is equally tortured all the way through, making me think that the author is perhaps not a native speaker of English. Having never heard of Ammoon, Z ZDTM, or, God help us, a "Gold Tone F-12 F-Style, 12-String Guitar Mandolin" (12 strings on a slim neck!) I wonder if most of these gems are made by a single company, with a couple of Kentuckys thrown in to make it look legit.
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    The dimensions of the instrument are 27.55 inches x 0.63 inches x 0.09 inches.

    This IS remarkable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandocaster View Post
    The dimensions of the instrument are 27.55 inches x 0.63 inches x 0.09 inches.

    This IS remarkable.
    Why, of course! Cardboard cutouts! Flat Stanley mandolins.
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    Think of all the money I wasted on junk that didn’t even make the top 20.
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    I'm going to stick with the MC forums for my mandolin information needs.

    Am loving use of the english in the articles.
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    Now I feel weird for having bought a Kentucky ...
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    Reading that is dangerous to my health.
    the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world

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    Default Re: I just Googled "Best Mandolin". Amazing results...

    From Sevelos - "The "facts" are ... amazing !". ''For us'' the article's a joke - but !!. For some folk,the folk it's intended for,it will have some importance as a guide to low budget mandolins. IMHO - the article should have been qualified as a guide to the best mandoilins ''within a certain price bracket'',which is apparently what it appears to be,
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    Think of all those fine instruments in the hands of budding young musicians. Heck, even I'd be playing computer games if the alternative was an un set up cheapo mandolin Santa brought me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marbelizer View Post
    I'm going to stick with the MC forums for my mandolin information needs.

    Am loving use of the english in the articles.
    Uh, hey, this is the MC forum...



    JK, I know what you mean. I think the OP put this here for the rest of us to get a chuckle.
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    Reminds me of all those signs- world's best cup of coffee.

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    Some real under-the-radar picks there. I wonder if they all are from the same factory
    Grammar aside there is some nice ad copy in there for cut and pasters
    "The sound it produces is melodious and sweet that is enjoyable for everyone"
    For a top ten pick that's all we can ask for

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    "The strings are made from a robust material that can withstand the rough use"

    The tortured syntax of the 'reviews' is probably only surpassed by the tortuous tones emitted by several of the examples being referenced....

    Hilarious.
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    Nicely designed amazon.com ad revenue click bait site if you check the link structure. Demonstrates the power of good page titling. A very quick trip around a few pages that site appears to be little else than a well designed click-bait money maker. Can't speak for their overall site content but that mandolin page... Best of all, have those titillating content "ads" at the bottom you can find everywhere on the web and that some of you click on like "What Honey Boo Boo looks like now will SHOCK YOU!" and "This ice skater nailed her routine but everyone was laughing at the end. Then she noticed her wardrobe malfunction."

    I was considering adding those for an April Fool's joke but making up my own.

    There. just built some of my own search engine bait. Loves us some internet as 7:00 a.m. Of course now that site has us clicking on the link to them so improves their search ranking. Sigh...

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    I am just pleased to see that my mandolin made the list. Seriously rethinking now the wisdom of replacing the Kentucky km140 if it's a top 20 in the world.

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    A new meaning to "fake news"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    The experts have spoken. Or, at least, their computer has churned out a link-filled piece of clickbait junk designed to generate the most traffic and the most advertising revenue.
    Exactly, clickbait.

    The internet is filling up with clickbait articles written by people earning only a few dollars per article. They are certainly not experts, but need the income so the cr@p we surfers have to wade through grows deeper. They are called "content farms".

    http://www.cracked.com/personal-expe...peaks-out.html

    https://www.dailydot.com/via/knowled...content-farms/

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    Default Re: I just Googled "Best Mandolin". Amazing results...

    More Fake News . . . Edgar Allan Poe said it best,

    “Believe nothing you hear (or read), and only one half that you see.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolin breeze View Post
    More Fake News . . . Edgar Allan Poe said it best,

    “Believe nothing you hear (or read), and only one half that you see.”

    Click image for larger version. 

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    And I thought it was Marvin Gaye who said (sang) that. Thanks for the trivia. Good to know Marvin was inspired by one of the greats of American literature -- the sincerest form of flattery is plagiarism.
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    And not a bowlback in the whole bunch!

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    You know what they say about opinions?

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