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    How long did you wait to upgrade your first mandolin?

    I've been playing my Kentucky KM-160 for about 8 months now daily. It was set up well and sounds fine, but after playing an OF model I fell in "Breed"-love. It was just so much nicer to play, the radiused fretboard, the larger frets, etc...

    I'm sure playing on this Kentucky KM160 will make me better in the long run...getting it to sound good/ not buzz is more challenging than the Breedlove...

    I could pull the trigger now but the powers that be, (wife), want me to wait a few more months.

    Maybe I choose a milestone and once I reach it I have earned a nicer mandolin?

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    You only fight the MAS untill you have enough money for a new/better one and get the go ahead from the spouse. Other then that, why wait.
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    12 years one mando. I do get the urge though. The more I visit this site the worse it gets too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9lbShellhamer View Post
    How long did you wait to upgrade your first mandolin?

    I've been playing my Kentucky KM-160 for about 8 months now daily. It was set up well and sounds fine, but after playing an OF model I fell in "Breed"-love. It was just so much nicer to play, the radiused fretboard, the larger frets, etc...

    I'm sure playing on this Kentucky KM160 will make me better in the long run...getting it to sound good/ not buzz is more challenging than the Breedlove...

    I could pull the trigger now but the powers that be, (wife), want me to wait a few more months.

    Maybe I choose a milestone and once I reach it I have earned a nicer mandolin?
    My experience is a better mando does "help" your playing; still have to put in the time working on your chops, etc.

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    Dusty Miller is right, when the money is there, and the wife or significant other agrees, it is time to submit to MAS. Good luck.

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    From my first mandolin, I waited 4 years for an upgrade.

    But it was one hell of an upgrade.

    As for setting milestones to upgrade, I advise against it. It's a form of self-punishment based on guilt. If you want a better mandolin, buy the better mandolin and be happy with it. Don't force yourself to go through some self-imposed rigamarole in order to justify it to yourself. Buy it, enjoy it, and let it inspire you to practice more and be a better player. You'll thank yourself later when you realize the progress you're making because of it, instead of struggling away on a mandolin that isn't totally making you happy.

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    I bought a The Loar LM 220 from Craigslist in June and then bought an Eastman 615 about a month ago(brand new for $600.00). I am very happy with both but am still wondering what the next step is. I am a trumpet player/public school teacher by trade and have over 40 trumpets, so I understand MAS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    ...I am a trumpet player/public school teacher by trade and have over 40 trumpets, so I understand MAS.
    You're my hero! 40!...DUDE!

    How many Bachs in your stable?

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    Maybe she wants you to wait a few months 'cause she's planning to get it for you for Christmas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNick View Post
    You're my hero! 40!...DUDE!

    How many Bachs in your stable?

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    I fought the MAS and the MAS won.

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    I'm going on about three weeks now... I found a slightly damaged Ibanez at a second hand store for (get this...) $35 and now that I've joined MC some wisenheimer turned me on to Bruce Clark... As soon as he returns my call I feel pretty sure I'm about to wind up with a Nichols Road F5 here shortly...

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    Well, I went to see a mandolin player, a month ago, I think, and he let me play his mando. It was set up properly and it played like a breeze, was a beautiful mandolin. The very next day my Mom said: "Maybe you could find a mandolin like that in the 500 dollar range...?" and I went looking. Found an MD305 and asked some questions before buying.
    As long as you have the money to buy and you know what you're getting is properly set up, why not?

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    I practice coffee can economics. I have a budget "coffee can" for everything. (Its just sub-accounts within my savings account.) So when I find a mandolin I want I start a budget for it and throw money in there. When ever MAS strikes I toss some money in the account as a way of "doing something".

    I was doing this for many years as I lusted after a Lyon & Healy model A (asymmetrical two point with a fiddle scroll on the peg head.) A bunch of years. Finally one came along and the MAS budget was within striking distance of the asking price. I borrowed a little from my new tires account to make up the difference and went for it.

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    Well, unfortunately adulthood has set in. More specifically I should say the recognition of adulthood. I have a decent mandolin in my Breedlove, but after playing a couple Collings, I know I want a little more mando.

    I was saving up for a Collings MF, and had a couple grand, but then realized that I needed to grow up and pay my student loans off first..... so it'll be a couple years. C'est la vie.
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    Agree that there my be a Christmas mandolin in the future. My poor wife she hears me talk about getting something and commits it to memory. But usually have it before she gets a chance to buy it. She did surprised me once with Daytona 500 tickets.

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    About 16 hours.

    My first mandolin was an Epiphone MM-30 purchased on a whim after work on a Friday. I played it all evening and decided I like playing mandolin.....just not THAT mandolin.
    I was at the music store at 10:00 the next morning and bought a 30's Gibson A1. That kept me happy for at least a few months longer.....then the real madness set in.

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    Fight MAS .... Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    About 16 hours. I played it all evening and decided I like playing mandolin.....just not THAT mandolin.
    I think you made the right decision ... caught you on Music City the other night, don't know when it was shot but you sounded great man!

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    For me the average bout with MAS lasts about 12 minutes. I don't think I should even bother stepping into the ring any more.
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    I been fighting MAS the first day I discovered mandolins, so far I have bought 3 middle of the road Mandos, when I'm worthy I'll get me a good one......Best..Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortymack View Post
    I fought the MAS and the MAS won.
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    For me there's the undeniable dissatisfaction with my progress as a musician that pressures me to take this out on my still not yet fully appreciated 1990 Flatiron F-5 Festival I bought new 23 yrs ago.

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    I agree that you shouldn't create a certain "milestone" that must be reached before upgrading. If you're serious about the mando, and you'll stick with it, then your upgrade will be well worth it, and your playing will improve more and more as you are inspired to pick up your new instrument more than ever before.

    My wife was really sweet when I wanted to buy a better guitar a few years back, saying, "you should buy one you'll be happy with for the rest of your life, or else you'll just want a new one in a few years." True. I ended up with a beautiful Martin HD-16 RLSH that is a delight. Shortly after that, however, I was bitten by the mando bug, and my guitar hardly gets any attention any more....

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    I lasted a few months. I've been playing an Epiphone A model. Flat fingerboard, tiny frets. It's set up pretty good, but plays terrible. I just bought a Weber Gallatin F wide nut, arrives on Monday. Can't wait!

    I like what "Tobin" said. When you can afford it, buy it. That's exactly what I did. I wasn't going to torture myself by trying to play a mandolin that was pretty much unplayable.

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