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    Can anyone in the know please tell me why the Kentucky KM900 is being discontinued?

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    where did you hear that?
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    Over the years they've recycled model numbers for dissimilar instruments and used different numbers for very similar instruments.

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    It is still listed on the saga website.

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    Ky was also making the KM-950 and 956 models, the same as the KM-900 except they have a radius fretboard, larger frets and a scooped fingerboard extension, BUT I have also read where even those models will be discontinued...It could be true because I have had a few people contact me wanting to buy my KM-956, these are great bluegrass sounding mandolins and maybe some people are speculating that they will go up in value, the last KM-956 that I saw for sale was $1050 used...Hmmm...

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    They'll still have/make something similar I'd bet. They made many over the years so there are many out there that people will sell or trade up. Some of those A-5 styles from Kentucky are just as good as mandolins costing
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    I hadn't heard anything about the 900 being dropped from the line.
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    Hi sorry, I'm a bit of a newbie here! A friend of mine had said they were being discontinued but when I asked him about it he said he wasn't sure. I guess they still are being sold. Sorry! I should check my facts before posting :S

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    I'm glad that these 900 series instruments are not being discontinued. I've had my KM956 for almost a year and I couldn't be more pleased with it.

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    Folks, that settles it. If there were any truth to this Robert Fear would certainly know.
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    We were told a few weeks ago that the KM900 is being discontinued by our contact at SAGA music. There are many changes coming in the line including a hefty price increase effective August 1st on the higher end models.

    I suspect that the sales of the KM950 are so much higher that it didn't make sense to continue making the KM900. We have a few KM900's left and a few more coming from the handful they had left in production.

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    I'm also guessing that the KM950 is a higher margin product. It is essentially the same as the KM900 but has a radiused fingerboard and larger fretwire, which is only slightly more expensive to make, however the delta is $600. If more people are buying your higher margin product, why continue making the equivalent lower margin one?

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    I am very pleased with mine, have no current plans to sell it, only to modify it cause I don’t exactly like the flat fretboard and small frets. Once I get my custom build I will turn it into a 950 as far as the specs. It sounds too good to risk selling it and finding a used 950 that might not sound as good! And besides I will gain some more experience for when I decide to build mandolins myself.
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    I am “Surprise”-d Dennis knew this but Robert did not.
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    I suppose it is only fair Saga is cutting the line. I hear tell that some retailers are starting to cut the brand, at least as far as mandolins.
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    From colorado_al - " ....why continue making the equivalent lower margin one ?" . Mostly because it's what some folks can only afford - so you have a foot in both camps. IMHO - 'a sale is a sale',& if you can sell 2 or more mandolins at $1,000 each,why not ?. Also,not everybody wants a radiussed fingerboard or larger frets !.

    The KM900 has been one of the Kentucky brands best selling instruments,receiving high praise from their owners - so why cut it ?. I know that manufacturers like to 'refresh' their product lines every now & again,but if you've got a ''best seller'',to me it makes little sense to discontinue it,
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mandolin Store View Post
    There are many changes coming in the line including a hefty price increase effective August 1st on the higher end models.
    Hummm - I guess this is not a good time to have MAS since I am on short-term-disability for the next month.

    I am curious if the will be a 'hefty price increase' because there will be a hefty increase in quality, or because of other economic factors . . . maybe both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Hummm - I guess this is not a good time to have MAS since I am on short-term-disability for the next month.

    I am curious if the will be a 'hefty price increase' because there will be a hefty increase in quality, or because of other economic factors . . . maybe both?
    The quality is already excellent. I think you are just seeing various economic factors at work. Same product, but will cost more...
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    If anyone feels the need to discuss any hot button issues it's a big old Internet and there are lots of places to do it. The Cafe isn't one of them. Thanks. Carry on.
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    I'm headed to Carters Vintage come Sept.... you guys have me thinking I deffo wanna put my hands on a 900 or 950 if they have one!
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