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    Default Walmart Mandolins on Clearance!

    Apparently you can play them left handed and fingerpick behind the bridge! $29.95Click image for larger version. 

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    That same image for that same ad has actually been here before. I'm tryng to remember if it was on eBay. It's always refreshing to see things like that though. I've always enjoyed this stock photo of someone that obviously has never really performed this task. For anyone unfamiliar with soldering, don't hold the iron that way.
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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    You left out the amazing features!
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    The shape of the body is like an almond, more like a cutaway pear.
    Its sound is like a silver bell rolling, it is very crisp, ethereal, finely broken, clean, classically rich, sensitive, bright and sweet.
    Responsive and sensitive strings fit the Asian hand, reducing the fatigue of playing, and helping to cultivate the interest of learners.
    A well-built mandolin at this price range is truly unheard of, will appeal to a whole new group of players with its construction, fittings, and sound.
    Best choice for yourself or as a gift for your dear friends (Come with a soft storage bag).
    One watch by night, one watch by day...if you get confused, just listen to the music play.

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    Default Re: Walmart Mandolins on Clearance!

    hmmm. "alternate" playing method aside, I wonder if this is more or less a renamed Rogue.

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    Whoa! Check out that bridge tilt! That’s some serious compensation!

    If it is a rebranded Rogue, and I strongly suspect that because of the strong resemblance, it’s a good buy for someone will to do their own set up according to Rob Meldrum’s book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kegcrowe View Post
    hmmm. "alternate" playing method aside, I wonder if this is more or less a renamed Rogue.
    That same mandolin comes into the country under lots of names, and yes, they look to be the same instrument.
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    For thirty bucks how can you go wrong? I just bought one for a fun project I have been putting off for years. By the way, it's not a Wal-Mart item for anyone wondering, it's a private seller on the Wal-Mart platform. Wal-Mart handles the payment information.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    For thirty bucks how can you go wrong?
    so true and I can't resist a 'bargain', especially one that sounds like a silver bell rolling. and it comes with a 'storage bag' that is pictured as the same bag Howard Morris sent my flattop in... I paid 50 bucks for my rogue from musicians friend without a bag. I've been using my rogue as my "outside" mandolin, so now I have a travel/outside backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Donahue View Post
    " a well-built mandolin at this price range is truly unheard of"
    I assume that this instrument fully demonstrates this to be true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Donahue View Post
    You left out the amazing features!
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    ... Feature: Responsive and sensitive strings fit the Asian hand ...
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    I liked the line "Tell us if something is incorrect"!

    Where do you start???

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    It's a scam, guys. It has nothing to do with Wal-Mart. I'll bet the seller is from Asia. If you just want to throw away $30, send it to me.

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    The sad thing to me is that no one involved with the creation of this add had any knowledge about the instrument itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belbein View Post
    It's a scam, guys. It has nothing to do with Wal-Mart. I'll bet the seller is from Asia. If you just want to throw away $30, send it to me.
    Yeah, except Wal-Mart is on the hook for the money. It's not like you're going to a website of some fly-by-night. You've probably got less risk here than on eBay. You paid the money to Wal-Mart. I'll take my chances on it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    The modest gig bag it comes with is probably worth 10-15$ or so on it's own. I have enough lower end mandolins myself though, need to save up to upgrade to a nicer bowlback next.

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    Isn't the girl's skirt on backwards? I thought women's skirts had the zipper in the back. I haven't been paying attention recently, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Ludewig View Post
    Isn't the girl's skirt on backwards? I thought women's skirts had the zipper in the back. I haven't been paying attention recently, though.
    Yes, times have changed my friend. Not only do some styles comprise a zippered-front, but you can now get an almond-shaped (more like a cut-away pear) MSO for 30 bucks (perfect decor for your restaurant or bar).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    The sad thing to me is that no one involved with the creation of this add had any knowledge about the instrument itself.
    I think maybe something gets lost in the translation. This accounts for silver bell rolling ("just like a ringin' a bell") and storage bag ("gunny sack")



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    Just step down from a "Miguel"

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    Catmandu2, Elvis is missing? I know we're sliding slightly off the mandolin road here, but the skirt in the ad certainly looks like suede. And if it were blue.... Okay then, back to mandolins.

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    I don't think so, Mike. I haven't looked at the listing, but I think they're just the advertising network. I doubt they handle the money. My bet is that if you get scammed the best they can do is try to "mediate" then throw up their hands and say there's nothing they can do.

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    No, I'm wrong, it *is* paid thru W-M. Still think it's a scam. A cracker box and strings cost more than $30. Well, if W-M gets scammed, too bad for them. I'd advise people who want to take a charge on this to use a credit card so they have charge back rights.

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    So, let me get this right. Musiciansfriend can sell the same mandolin for 49.00 after having their brand name put on it but some guy that bought something he thought he could sell but can't is a scam because he's dumping them and probably still making money. Nobody thinks this is going to be a high end instrument the same way nobody would buy a Rogue and expect to receive a high end instrument. If I don't get the mandolin Wal-Mart will give me my money back and if I do get it, and I think I will, I'm cutting it up anyway. I only need one part of it and I can't buy that as cheap any place else. Not a big risk here.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I love the title of the listing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    So, let me get this right. Musiciansfriend can sell the same mandolin for 49.00 after having their brand name put on it but some guy that bought something he thought he could sell but can't is a scam because he's dumping them and probably still making money. Nobody thinks this is going to be a high end instrument the same way nobody would buy a Rogue and expect to receive a high end instrument. If I don't get the mandolin Wal-Mart will give me my money back and if I do get it, and I think I will, I'm cutting it up anyway. I only need one part of it and I can't buy that as cheap any place else. Not a big risk here.
    So you need a mandolin neck? But I wonder what kind of joint it is?
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