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    The width, depth and contour of the neck are easily as critical to clean playing as a radius. Be that as it may, I had a Gibson radiused when refret was necessary, and my Mike Black A4 has a perfect radius. I prefer the radius and medium wide frets. Playing melody seems easier to do cleanly and chording is about the same flat or radius. My hands are mildly arthritic and a flat board seems to cause more stiffness and joint pain. Of course, playing as many various radiused and flat boards until you get a feel for preference would be the thing to do.
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    I've actually tried to put this to the test in that the two F-body's I own..one has a flat fingerboard and the other a radius. I've sat and played the exact short sections of music on each mandolin with the sole intent of comparing ONLY the left-hand ease of playing each instrument. Here's my verdict: the radius is easier to play but the difference is TINY. That's all I got.
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    Well I made a decision. I guess it was fate or divine intervention. I had an LM600 before and I stumbled across a great deal from Steve at Cumberland Acoustics, they are a The Loar dealers. I am going for a LM700 with the Cumberland Bridge and set up as well the "Florida scoop. I know there is not much love here for the Loar, but I liked my LM 600. Now the wait lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Giordano View Post
    Well I made a decision. I guess it was fate or divine intervention. I had an LM600 before and I stumbled across a great deal from Steve at Cumberland Acoustics, they are a The Loar dealers. I am going for a LM700 with the Cumberland Bridge and set up as well the "Florida scoop. I know there is not much love here for the Loar, but I liked my LM 600. Now the wait lol.
    I've got an LM-590 and I like it. At that price point, I've not really played anything I like better. That having been said, I damn sure haven't played everything! Good luck with the 700. I bet you dollars against donuts you'll be pleased.
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    I started with a the Loar LM 220, I still have it (although play it very little.) It was a good starter mandolin to get me going on this journey.

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    The decision is made and you can now, relax and get back to making music!
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    I have never played or even held a The Loar but from what I did hear from a dealer here is that the LM-600`s and 700`s are the same except the 700 doesn`t have any tone bars and the 600 does...I can`t say for sure which one would sound the best, that would be up to the person trying them....I guess what I am saying from what I have heard is do not expect too much difference in the sound...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    The decision is made and you can now, relax and get back to making music!
    Amen brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Poole View Post
    I have never played or even held a The Loar but from what I did hear from a dealer here is that the LM-600`s and 700`s are the same except the 700 doesn`t have any tone bars and the 600 does...I can`t say for sure which one would sound the best, that would be up to the person trying them....I guess what I am saying from what I have heard is do not expect too much difference in the sound...
    Well Willy, that not exactly true. Just an opinion of someone who might not know ( See my signature). the 700 is only $150.00 more and you get AAA wood . and a different top, do to no bracing, gold hardware. My understanding is that the 600 might be better for Bluegrass, and the 700 has more of a range. . The YouTube clips on both sound good but slightly different. So For $150.00 I'll take a gamble. I'm not expecting a Northfield or Gibson tone for $999.00. This deal saved me nearly $1000.00 because I was looking at the Kentucky 10150.
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    Get a nice frosty beverage and play until you are worn out!
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    I think neck shape/profile makes a big difference too - it might be hard to isolate just the radius unless you can find two similar necks, one with and one w/o radius. As others have said, best to try out as many as you can.

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    I have some of each. Definitely prefer the radius for comfort. If by long chords you mean 4-finger G position, not particularly, I very rarely try for that one, rather fake it with 3 fingers and muted G. The radius is helpful for getting into the middle strings, not the high E and low G so much.

    Call me unusual, but I’ve been playing slide mando a bit. Radiused board, and flatwound strings, smooth that out.

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    When I'm in a store with a good selection, I pay no attention to the radius or nut width. I just grab and play them.Some feel better than others, but I've never been that picky.

    With guitars I can play an old banner Gibson baseball bat, or a 1 5/8 nut width like my old Epiphone has. Old teens Gibson ovals are fine, so is the Eastman skinny. I do seem to prefer bigger frets, but it's not a dal breaker. I have small hands.

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