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Thread #115668   Message #2478135
Posted By: Wesley S
28-Oct-08 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Subject: RE: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
As always your best source of info can be found over at - but the general concensus is that an F style mandolin will be louder and have a better "chop". A more precussive effect for the rhythm work needed in bluegrass. Oval hole mandolins are sweeter and warmer in tone. And not as loud. All of this depends upon the builder, the woods used and the setup of the instrument. You may very well want to get an oval hole mandolin unless you want to play bluegrass. How will the mandolin be used?