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    Hi Steve,


    I would suggest keeping an eye out for a used Kentucky KM-900 or KM-950. They are generally less that $1,000 and in my opinion meet the attributes you are looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    This Breedlove Cascade just landed in the classifieds...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156382#156382

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    I have played a Breedlove Legacy OF A style for several years that is comparable to this model. It should cover all the requirements you listed. The only negative might be that due to the creative shape you'll get the inevitable 'what's that?' questions I always get playing my A style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveS View Post
    Hi folks. New member here.

    I am sure there have been hundreds of prior threads on this subject, but hopefully you're willing to help a guy out! I have been playing guitar for 50+ years. I have goofed around on friend's mandos from time to time over the years, but have decided to buckle down and actually learn how to play mandolin now that I have retired and have the time to do so. I have a really nice high end collection of guitars such as Collings and Bourgeois, so have grown accustomed to fine instruments.

    So I am seeking advice and recommendations for an "affordable" yet high quality mando.

    I am concerned primarily with these attributes:

    1. Sound
    2. Intonation
    3. Tuning stability
    4. Playability

    I would like to try to limit mando acquisition cost to no more than $1K. New or used, I don't care. Aesthetics are of little to no concern to me.

    Any recommendations or am I deluding myself that I can get a good solid "professional" level instrument in this price range?

    Thanks folks!

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    A few months ago, I bought a Eastman 505 from the Mandolin Store. Without spending too much money ($750), I think it's a great bang for the buck. My current skills just can't justify the purchase of a pricier mandolin at this time. It's setup is wonderful and for my playing, it sounds good. I can easly afford a more costly mandolin, but with my skill level, I can't justify the cost.

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    Only my Carbon fiber Mix A5 (they sold at $3600) seems tuning stable..
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    This looks like a candidate - NFI on my part, just hit the classifieds:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156536#156536
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Only my Carbon fiber Mix A5 (they sold at $3600) seems tuning stable..
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    Hey Steve, lots of good feedback here, have you narrowed it down? Tried some mandolins?
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    A used Rigel A Natural meets your specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Hey Steve, lots of good feedback here, have you narrowed it down? Tried some mandolins?
    I also wonder.

    I don't mind helping to answer the multitude of threads seeking advice on a new/my first mando. I just wish the OPs would let us know what they decided, and just not leave without a word.
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    My best suggestion: look for a used American made Breedlove FF. If you insist on a traditional F body mandlolin, consider a TKD Falcon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G. Fisher View Post
    Hi Steve,


    I would suggest keeping an eye out for a used Kentucky KM-900 or KM-950. They are generally less that $1,000 and in my opinion meet the attributes you are looking for.
    I just went to check prices on new Kentucky KMs and they have nearly doubled. They seem to have discontinued the KM900.

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