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Posted By: Charmion
28-Sep-06 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: help? Entry Level mandolin
Subject: RE: help? Entry Level mandolin
I have a Kentucky 260S, which is the very dark brown A-style they make with white binding. It has a bright, silvery singing sound and picks very well. It cost about Cdn$325 new, on sale at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and is worth every penny and more. (I believe Elderly Instruments sells it for about US$250.) It is Kentucky's lowest-priced "professional" model, with maple back and sides and a spruce top. Made in China, of course. If that's what your friend is looking at, MMario, he'll have a good time with it -- if he's anything like me, of course (good point, JohnInKansas).

John is right about something else, too: after about a year and a half of hard work to learn to play, I bespoke another, far more expensive, handmade mando from a New Hampshire luthier. Will that be my last mandolin? Who knows?