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    Default Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    Hi!
    I am looking for an oval hole mandolin for a folk project. I have a budget limit of around $1000. I have tried an Eastman, which i like - apart from the limited access to the upper frets.
    So I am looking for advice regarding an instrument, that has oval-hole sound and access to the upper frets.
    Body shape is less important.

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    Default Re: Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    If you are looking for an oval with a longer neck join, then you might consider a used and American-made Breedlove OO like this one:

    https://used.samashmusic.com/product...remier-oo-vtg/
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    Default Re: Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    Northfield Calhoun.
    Check out the Emory Lester and Nate Roberts videos

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    This one would work for a folk application at half your budget:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/171494#171494
    1924 Gibson A Snakehead
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    2007 Hester A5
    2009 Passernig A5
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    2017 Poe Scout
    2014 Smart F-Style Mandola
    2018 Vessel TM5
    2019 Hogan F5

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    I saw that Redline last night and almost pounced, but we downsized a couple years ago and Iím trying not to build back up my arsenal (though I miss having an oval hole). Also, itís in SC but over 4 hours from me, so I debated whether Iíd pick up or have shipped...shouldnít have slept on it. OP, did you snag that??? If so you got a good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    I saw that Redline last night and almost pounced, but we downsized a couple years ago and Iím trying not to build back up my arsenal (though I miss having an oval hole). Also, itís in SC but over 4 hours from me, so I debated whether Iíd pick up or have shipped...shouldnít have slept on it. OP, did you snag that??? If so you got a good one!
    No, I tried to contact the seller, but never got a response

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    Default Re: Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    Sorry, that would have fit the bill nicely!

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    Default Re: Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    This Morris just hit the Classified ads:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/171461#171461
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Winn View Post
    This Morris just hit the Classified ads:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/171461#171461
    It's very nice. I don't think this one has a truss rod? I can easily be mistaken though. I'm not sure I would be comfortable without an option of straightening the neck if needed.

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    Weber?

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    1924 Gibson A Snakehead
    2005 National RM-1
    2007 Hester A5
    2009 Passernig A5
    2015 Black A2-z
    2010 Black GBOM
    2017 Poe Scout
    2014 Smart F-Style Mandola
    2018 Vessel TM5
    2019 Hogan F5

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