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    Default Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    Here’s my review/ opinion after having it for 2 days:


    I like it, except for the tailpiece design. The string loops have to be bent 90 degrees to get them to go into the hooks. It’s a pretty close copy of the Kalamazoo KM11 (I have two to compare it to). The headstock is longer(about 2 inches), probably because of the truss rod. The neck profile is the same. It has side fingerboard fret marker dots, the Kalamazoos don’t. The back, sides, and neck finish is probably just one coat of lacquer, so the wood grain is more exposed. Tone is similar, but a lot better. Playability is way better, hammer ons and pull offs are easy and clear. Nice sustain. Overall, I think it’s great, but I knew what to expect because of having the Kalamazoos. If you’re familiar with flat top/back mandolins, and appreciate the “retro” vibe, you’ll love it, But if you’re expecting a lower price version of Collings mandolins, you’ll be disappointed.

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    Default Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    I've been looking to upgrade my own mandolin situation, and even the regular Collings tailpiece leaves something to be desired.

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    Default Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sanderson View Post
    I like it, except for the tailpiece design. The string loops have to be bent 90 degrees to get them to go into the hooks.
    The one-piece design was my least favorite part of a Flatiron 1N and a pair of Redline Travelers that I previously owned. When I commissioned my Alrite Tribute from Andy Poe, I insisted on a vintage two-piece Waverly Cloud that I sourced from Dave Stutzman.

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