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    Default Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Earlier I had posted about my Loar lm-600 that I had purchased and absolutely hated. It was thin and tinny and didnít even compare to my Km-150 even after being setup appropriately. After some deliberation I decided to buy new strings and a bridge even though I didnít want to invest more into a mando I already didnít like. Besides, what the heck can another ebony bridge do that mine already can? Today I got my Cumberland acoustic full contact bridge in the mail and set it up myself. Holy cow! I didnít think for one second that the Cumberland would make hardly a difference but boy it did. Itís loud, itís got bark, it has depth, it just completely transformed this thing into my new favorite almost immediately. The loars come with an ebony bridge but this just goes to show that not all wood is the same. You can immediately tell a difference looking at the two. The Cumberland is nice, solid, tight grained wood. Not to mention having more surface area width wise and length wise (full contact). The wheels are smooth, the saddle fitment is tight to the posts. Iím a happy camper and now I must submit to the laws of Cumberland by praising them every chance I get because this is something I can very confidently get behind. What a complete 180, Iím still enamored! If you donít have one, get it. No question.
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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Good one: Lots of folks said to get rid of it but you persevered.
    Nobody ever put a Cumberland on and then said it sounded worse than before, and they can often give spectacular results like you found. Like when you look at the standard Stewmac mandolin bridge, it looks like "it should work fine", but bridges are not all created equal.
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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Nice! Thanks for sharing your experience. I've been thinking about getting one. I just might!

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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    I had a similar experience with my Eastman, though I didn’t hate the sound prior to the change. The CA bridge definitely resulted in increased volume and improved tone quality.
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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Enjoy !
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    Great news ! Enjoy ! By
    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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    Glad it worked out for you! Enjoy!!
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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Awesome! Cool to hear of such a great outcome.
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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Well at least if you had to eat your words, it was a happy meal! Congrats and thanks for the useful info.

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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    I had a very similar experience with my KM-1500. The only difference was I dropped my mandolin off at Steve’s shop in Hendersonville and let him install it.

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    Default Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Everything that Cumberland sells is top notch.

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