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    Default Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Yup, I still have mine, and the three other folks that I bought them for are also still using theirs, actually more regularly than I do...

    Mine was/is intended as a backup for my F-9, which I really spend a lot of time playing. So my MK unfortunately doesn't get a lot of use and it still looks like new. But it's there ready to play for travel or any situations where I don't want to bring out my F-9, so it's serving a good purpose.

    I'm actually bringing it this coming weekend to a bluegrass association camp out in the (windy) desert, and I expect I'll be using it there.
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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    I have one right here. A few hours' work, and it turned into a perfectly good instrument. Plays nicely, and it's loud. Good enough for probably 90 percent of the time.

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    Yes. I thank Mike Edgerton for that one! If it's the one I'm thinking about. I think they came with gold tuning machines. Does the one pictured?

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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Mine did not. I tried to attach a picture here but never could get it to work.

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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Do you guys remember what time period those mandos were around? Just curious.
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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    I do. I started that thread on Sep-21-2016 at 10:13am.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...style-mandolin

    By the way, mine ended up being gifted to my son-in-law. It's still in the family
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    What an enigma. I just enjoyed reading most of that thread. I think i just figured something out. I feel much less guilty not playing my MK, than if I had an F5G.

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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    It was a funny situation. I spotted an open box listing on Musicians Friend for the MK solid F style. I posted figuring it was a decent deal for someone looking for an inexpensive solid F style. It took off and they just kept filling more and more orders. What I thought was one and then maybe two became who knows how many. Not everyone that saw the thread posted that they got one. That's how the Cafe has always been. I finally grabbed one for myself just to make sure I didn't miss out

    It was a good deal and it's really nice to see people playing them that could be playing much more expensive instruments.

    I really screwed up on the Fullerton mandolins that Jim Broyles identified a few years earlier.
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    As a matter of fact I was playing mine this morning thinking what a wonderful instrument it is, and such a good deal (thanks Mike). Lots of volume and crisp "snap" but with body. Great neck, tuning machines and bridge too.
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    Yes, thanks Mike!!! In my little circle, myself and 3 non-MC folks are enjoying these mandolins because you posted about them!

    (I have a link to the original "$199.00 solid F style" thread in my signature line under "2016" if anyone needs it in the future.)
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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    what better way to practice, "Random Hippie Sanding?"

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    Default Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    https://youtu.be/HPW5KrGlbEQ

    There she is in action. With way old strings to boot.
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