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    Default Re: Ovation MM68AX

    One of Ed's main points was that the MM68AX is not really worth $800 when you can get the MCS148 for $500. Then I saw a real US made MM68 on eBay. He had a $750 "Buy It Now" when it was first listed, but now its auction price is up to $755. Wish I had some extra cash right now.

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    That's actually the one that I sent back. It's a beautiful instrument in mint condition. I just couldn't get over the battery change thing. It would be a steal for $755 if you didn't mind the hassle of changing the battery.
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    I look at the battery change issue the way I do adjusting a bridge or even changing strings: It's a daunting, even off-putting task at first, but you get better at it with practice. I can change a battery in a couple of minutes with no hassle at all today, but I struggled like everyone else the first couple of times.
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    FWIW..

    I got a Y'ha AG Stomp pedalboard, they use a TRS/Stereo cord as a Phantom 9v power conductor,
    and a dummy battery that shorts across the snap terminals.. so it can power the preamp..

    Actual wiring of the instrument circuitry needs to be sorted out.. as to whether it is compatible..
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    My understanding is that the MM-68 will continue to be made to special order, but it's not a production model anymore.
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    Default Re: Ovation MM68AX

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Sheehy View Post
    That MM68 on Ebay is over $900 with 2 days still to go...
    That one wound up going for $920. Not too bad. They seem often to run $1100-1200. This one included the OHS and a leather strap.

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    I recently bought an MM68 (2000, American) off Ebay and it came shipped with battery and battery holder removed. Certainly wasn't very obvious how to install at. After reading this thread and and this one: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/s...vation+battery
    I think I understand. I had one of the Applause models back about 18 years ago but never needed to change the battery.

    So the slotted black button on the back (next to the back opening) goes into the metal part of the holder and twists, pulling the battery holder snug against the bowl with the foam.

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    Anybody know when the MM68AX was introduced?

    I have here a blackface Ovation tagged MM68 (no AX), but there's no serial number and the label says "Made in Korea." Warranty card is still in the case; it lists an effective date of 10/1/2010.

    Do I have maybe a prototype MM68AX?

    Headstock logo looks like this, which is not what I'm used to seeing on the MM68: Click image for larger version. 

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