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    Default Top-rated mandolins for 2020

    Might be some surprises here for y'all.

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    "Cons

    The instrument does not come assembled;"

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    Nope, seems all perfectly true to me, especially the part about Jethro's style being similar to Bill Monroe
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    Eyes think’n uhf orderin’ wun of eechh!!

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    So some guy has a bunch of links for entry level mandolins to Amazon. guessing he gets paid every time someone clicks on a link and we give him free press?

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    Thanks for the link!

    Ditching what I have and buying something off the list..
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    I'll take one of each... maybe.

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    Yeah, it’s probably total clickbait. But it is an object lesson. Last night I was thinking about buying some studio monitor stands. What did I do? Google “Best studio monitor stands.” Last week, it was “Best LED video lights.”
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    I like this CON in the review of the EJ-74 strings:

    "Keep in mind the size of these strings as they will make a great fit only for medium-sized mandolins"

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    Man, that Donner looks really nice to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hilburn View Post
    Man, that Donner looks really nice to me.
    Yeah, but don't leave it alone with any of your other instruments, particularly during the winter months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Yeah, but don't leave it alone with any of your other instruments, particularly during the winter months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Yeah, but don't leave it alone with any of your other instruments, particularly during the winter months.


    That was even funnier than the article’s line about the strings only fitting “medium-sized mandolins”!
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    That $7.79 bridge caught my eye and is burning a whole in my pocket right now. Why spend $75.00 for a Cumberland Acoustic from Steve Smith when you can have that little honey?
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    Standard click-bait article. Of little to no value.
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    Some of the reviewers obviously did not take their medication prior to listening and examining the mandolins.

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    Its hilarious what computer algorithms can create! It almost sounds like a human wrote that article. I found it of great entertainment value.
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    Wow! Just - WOW!! It MIGHT have been accurate if it said "top-rated STARTER mandolins of 2020 in our opinion." I did think it was pretty humorous, though.

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    These are actually pretty interesting. I think its a valuable guide for the mass produced entry instruments available to the vast majority of new players. I'm pretty amazed at how much more expensive the KM150 has gotten over the years. I don't know if I would recommend that for someone just "interested in playing" over the Savannah (formerly Johnson). I had both brands and found them both adequate when set up well.

    I hope Demetrius sees this thread and maybe can have some help finding The One.

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