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    Default What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Granted, I live on Long Island where prices are high, but I was wondering what it runs. I'm having a guy invert my tuners so they turn in the right direction, put on a new set of J74s and adjusting bridge, etc. (Still fixing that Strad-o-lin) I'm looking at $110 plus $9 for the strings (6.84 at Sweetwater). If he does a good job with it I'm probably okay with that.
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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Probably not unreasonable for your location, particularly if there’s drilling involved with the tuner inversion...
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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    That sounds like a reasonable charge.
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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    The last time I had a pro setup, it was $150, but that included the mandatory fret level. The guy wouldn’t do a setup without one, a view I have come to believe correct, especially for those coming in asking for as low as possible without buzzing.
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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Depends what I want done.
    Basic setup is 50 ($60-$80 depending on exchange rates at the time Im not familiar with the dollar so my exchange rate could be waaay out.)
    If I want more done like a fret level or a nut adjustment or saddle adjustment (aka new saddle) itd be between 100-150 but probably 100. (~$120)
    Athougth the only thing Id actually pay to get done by a professional is a new saddle or nut or fretwork. When I bought my mandolin I set it up the frets were ok and the bridge needed some adjusting. I cut the nut lower myself. So most of the time its free.

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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    A good set-up person/repairman is worth their weight in platinum.

    Even if I could do it myself I would rather pay to have the job done well. Then I can spend more time playing.

    I don't have the experience,skills,tools,nor attention span to do perfect set ups.

    I am pretty good at changing strings.

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    Default Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Yes, a good set-up is important, but can we be more specific?
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