Re: [nwbluegrass] Advise on purchase of a mandolin for a student
- I'll unflinchingly endorse the Kentucky KM 254. Vicki has one that has served her very well for a long time and is praised by many. Costs about $350, don't pay more than that for this model, and is a real, all-solid maple and spruce A model, no frills, but sounds great and with a good setup is easy to play.In fairness to the company known as The Loar, I have heard their mandolins praised by a number of people who should know, and have purchased one of their guitars which fulfilled my expectations at a moderate price.If you get a mando that is all solid, that is, has no plywood in the sound box, you most likely will not be disappointed.http://www.eddard.com
From: staceynworegon <arts.antiques@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:18 PM
Subject: [nwbluegrass] Advise on purchase of a mandolin for a student
Sophie gave a mando lesson to a little guy in Pasco and now he is hooked. He would like to find an instrument and he is considering these. Please read the note below and weigh in. Folks have decided on 300-500 range--the kid is serious. His mom says he talks about it from the minute he gets up. I imagine some of you can relate!
Input mom got from a dealer
Bottom end was Micheal Kelly A solid, then Kentucky 160, Loar LM 220, then Eastman (on the upper end). He does have a used older Kentucky KM-150 for $250, he said there are manufacturing issue with the new KM 150s (he would not recommend one of those).
Also there is an Ibanex M510-DVS in Pasco listed for $200.
Thanks for the advise
Stacey Harnew Swanson
Chick's Kids Organizer