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    Hi everyone! I made an impulse eBay purchase on a very strange mandolin that I know nothing about. I've never seen anything like it, and wonder if anyone has. Here she is:

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    It's not a bad sounding or playing little thing, and will be much improved with a new nut and bridge!

    Thanks,
    Baron
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    Hey I think its pretty sweet, and has a 5 scale! Great score!

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    I guess you won’t be needing that beat up Ellis anymore, huh, Baron?

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    Looks like an awesome travel mando. Looks good, sounds great! Congrats on getting an interesting new toy!
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Other instruments: way too many, and yet, not nearly enough.

    "Imagine life without mandolin. Now slap yourself! Never do it again!" -Gunnar Salyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    Hey I think its pretty sweet, and has a 5 scale! Great score!
    Whats a 5 scale? Does that mean short scale? It is indeed about 1 fret shorter than a standard mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    Whats a 5 scale? Does that mean short scale? It is indeed about 1 fret shorter than a standard mandolin.

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    I thought it meant long neck, like the original F5 as opposed to the F4, or A models. But I might be wrong?
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    When WilliamSmith refers to a "5" scale, I think he means an F5 scale, where the neck joins the body at the 15th fret, instead of the 12th fret joint used for the F2, F4, F7, F10 series instruments.

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    Ah, that makes sense!
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    Actually doesn't sound too bad !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Default Re: Mystery Mandolin Oddity!

    that's pretty entertaining. my first thought was it was a travel mando.
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    Yes that's what I meant, frets meet the body at the 15th fret like an F-5/A-5. Nice, What did you pay if you don't mind saying as I would've paid a fe bucks for that beauty!

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    it was about $175 shipped. I'm fairly happy considering I had no idea what I was going to get in terms of playability.

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    I believe that would qualify as a Piccolo Mandolin. Many newer ones have three courses of strings, many older ones have four. I've never seen one like this. It looks American made and I'd date from circa 1930 just looking at it. It sounds good.

    Also called a Pocket Mandolin.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I agree with Mike, the looks and hardware-tuners style of sunburst I'd say early mid 30's! What I find, I would've bought that little feller for 175 also as its very KOOL! And actually sounds pretty sweet from your demo!

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    Default Re: Mystery Mandolin Oddity!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I believe that would qualify as a Piccolo Mandolin. Many newer ones have three courses of strings, many older ones have four. I've never seen one like this. It looks American made and I'd date from circa 1930 just looking at it. It sounds good.

    Also called a Pocket Mandolin.
    I thought piccolo mandolins were tuned up a fourth from a mandolin, an octave above a mandola
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Other instruments: way too many, and yet, not nearly enough.

    "Imagine life without mandolin. Now slap yourself! Never do it again!" -Gunnar Salyer

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