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    Default Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    My research has turned up nothing.
    Any help much appreciated.
    Cheers Tina
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    Default Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    I don't recognize the brand name, but it looks very similar to my first mandolin, which I bought new around 1980. These were very inexpensive student level mandolins. Mine cost about $40. I'm afraid it self-destructed about 18 months after I bought it.

    In those days, we used to see dozens of different brand names on this model Korean mandolin. They were built in the same factory, and the wholesalers labelled them with whatever name suited their needs.
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    Default Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    That has a very suspicious similarity to the saddest ukulele I ever bought. The unique pear shape, coloring, and f-holes look the same, as do the various bits of hardware. Not saying it's a sad mandolin, hopefully you like it!

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    Default Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    So for a good period in the past, Korea was a dominant mass producer of mandolins in big factories. Their product was often branded for many different companies. The good news was they were inexpensive, the bad news was they were not the best built instruments in the world but, with care, you can certainly learn to play on one and enjoy it.

    Like with all inexpensive mandolins imported from overseas a good set up locally (and periodic set up revisiting) is a good idea. With no truss rod, be mindful if your action shifts (distance from strings to fret). Think of it like getting your car tuned up or checked out every few years.

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    Default Re: Hi can anyone tell me anything about a Recital Mandolin?

    Looks like another relative of those shown on the long-running "Key brand" thread.

    Must have been multi-thousands of these made...
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