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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    . . . 2. Now that I got that off my chest, Rover RM-50. Solid top, plywood back and sides, halfway decent construction, less than $200. Rover is Saga's lower-end line, and I wouldn't be surprised (or informed) if Rovers get cranked out by the same Chinese factories that do the inexpensive Kentucky instruments. . . .
    Or get it here and it comes all nicely set up for you.
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    Will have to think about getting a decent strap for the Seagull S8. She's on her way from the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

    Still trying to find the sweet spot where I like the Weber Y2K to set when I'm playing. Read to set in a chair, leaning forward slightly, and have the strap adjusted to where the mandolin rests on the right leg.
    One can find instructions on how to fit a tie, rifle sling, or guitar strap. Hardly nothing on setting a mandolin strap over the head - which can then be back carried between sets.
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    You're over thinking the strap thingy. Most of them if not all have multiple holes stamped for different lengths. Straps with a buckle are even more adjustable. Buy one. They are (or can be) fairly cheap.

    Or, build one out of whatever string, lace, cord you have lying around.

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    Was thinking of one like this over at Etsy. Guess it does look adjustable.
    I should to stop shopping after 4AM. It's that caffeine!


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    I played a Washburn today that wasn’t that bad.
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    I'm going to cast a vote for a 1960s era Harmony Monterey H410 A-Style mandolin. These have all solid wood construction (Birch soundboard, sides, & back) with mahogany necks. They turn up for sale on Reverb and ebay regularly, and very good examples go for between $200 and $300. If you can find a decent example in the lower part of the price range, it's worth it to invest in a good replacement bridge. Mine has a custom built and fitted ebonized maple bridge. I really like the mandolin's "Old Timey", "Honky Tonk" tone.

    In my opinion, Birch is an underrated tonewood for backs and sides, and even for soundboards!

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    Let us know what you decide on!

    EDIT: Just saw you decided on a Seagull S8. Good choice - All of Godin's stuff is excellent, and a great value. Enjoy!
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    Wish there were some decent Mandolin strap makers that had both standard *and* amp jack/pin sized holes on the same strap. Then could have one handsome strap for two mandolins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Miller View Post
    Wish there were some decent Mandolin strap makers that had both standard *and* amp jack/pin sized holes on the same strap. Then could have one handsome strap for two mandolins.
    I had a local leather worker make me a custom strap. I took one of mine in, we discussed some changes and she made one the right length without a buckle (which you only need on a standard strap to make it work on a range of sizes).



    I’m sure someone with access to a leather pouch could add a hole to an existing strap?

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    James Miller, I am unclear whether you actually ordered a Seagull S8. In any case, this pocket mandolin could be an inexpensive solution to the problem at hand.

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    Aye, bought a Seagull from Canada, place called The Acoustic Room. Should be here this week. Have a strap coming in from Vegas that was crafted by a fellow named Henry Bojorquez. He made it a tad longer for me.
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    Congrats! Happy pickin' 😀

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    Whomever said the Seagull S8 isn't very loud must of been deaf. This baby has sustain to rival the Weber Y2K even. Sure, is a bit on the brighter side of tone, but she's got tones in all the right places. /Rawr! Man, can feel those vibes flowing right through her! Not just in the soundbox, but through the entire mandolin!!

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    Did noticed the fret wires were different in comparison to the Weber. Smaller, lower. She's a pretty lil' Canadian Blonde. Can't wait to get back home to check her over. And the box from Canada survived well.
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