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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    maybe Elderly sent theirs back(like mandolin store)and are waiting for the new improved models

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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    I read through this whole thread (Scanned it really) and found it all to be a good read. I particularly enjoyed Roberts assessment and comparison to other mandolins within a couple hundred dollars price range. I am always thinking about what to get next, so reading a good honest assessment is really really helpful.

    I loves my Eastman 305, so its good to read a comparison there specifically. A couple of folks at my local jam who I've let play my 305 have gone and bought Eastmans themselves... good stuff!
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    I'm seeing this thread after having just gotten the chance to compare a 606 to both a Loar 500 and an Eastman MD315 at a local shop, both as a player and a listener. The Loar finished a distant third and was quickly dismissed. My friend thought the Eastman might have been a little "sweeter" than the Kentucky, but we both agreed that the 606 had more volume, more bass, better chop and a genuinely good bluegrass tone. It sounded like a "real" mando, not a tinny imitation. The radiused fingerboard and wider frets felt good, and the setup was perfect. Yeah, the finish is cheap but so is the instrument. At $525 I think it's a screaming deal and am planning to go back tomorrow and buy it as my new teaching axe.

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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    chop is good and mine is getting lighter and lighter,nice grain coming out,never seen this before,dark brown just going away,will post photos when it finally molts

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    Hello! This is my first post on Mandolin Cafe. I'm considering purchasing a Kentucky 606. I see that they have been discontinued. And I can't find much information about this particular model. There happens to be one in a local music shop and of the mandolins I tried it was one of the better sounding ones in my price range, less than $1000. Has anyone actually purchased and use this mandolin extensively? if so what is your impression of this particular instrument. Is it worth $950? if not what other models would you recommend? A friend of mine has the Loar 600. I tried it at our last jam session and it was much better then my cheap Fender model. Thanks for your opinion.

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    These were not bad. People were not happy with the finish. I would have no problem recommending one for the right price. Keep in mind, the whole point of this model was to keep the price down. Is it worth $950? It would not be my first choice, or second, third, etc..
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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    I'd check out Eastman MD515 or MD315 instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Folkmusician.com View Post
    These were not bad. People were not happy with the finish. I would have no problem recommending one for the right price. Keep in mind, the whole point of this model was to keep the price down. Is it worth $950? It would not be my first choice, or second, third, etc..
    Robert, I see you run an online store for mandolins and folk instruments. As someone who likely sees dozens of instruments pass through your store regularly, what in your expert opinion is the best value for the price point I am considering? You mentioned the KM606 is not your first choice, what would be your first choice? Feel free to send me links to instruments you have available. When you sell an instrument, is it set up before shipping? how is it shipped? Typically, is the instrument playable right when I unpack it?
    What is the approx cost for shipping to MN? Thank you. -capomatt

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    Matt,

    I wouldn't rule out the KM-606, just not at that price point... You can get a higher model Kentucky for under $1000. You can get a KM-150 for a WHOLE lot less.

    I agree with AL above. Eastman is a better choice if they are within budget (and it sounds like they are).

    There are a handful (a few handfuls) of dealers that do good setup work. Most offer free shipping and the mandolin will be ready to go aside from tuning. You will do well buying from any of the sponsors here at the Cafe.
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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    Something like this would be significantly better than the KM-606
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/132501#132501

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    Default Re: New Kentucky KM-606 mandolins are in the wild!

    $950 is too much for a 606, imo. I liked mine, but couldn't justify keeping it when I already have an Eastman 515.

    I'd say around $500 is a fair price for the 606.

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    Thanks for the advice. This has been a very helpful resource.

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    Plus you could get a used KM 900 for that, a significantly better mandolin.

    I'm pretty jaded when it comes to instruments, but was impressed by the Eastman 315 I played this week.
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