The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #115668   Message #2481997
Posted By: John Hardly
01-Nov-08 - 07:36 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Subject: RE: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
"Has anyone tried the Kentucky 172 oval hole mandolin?"

Yes, I have. I recently added an inexpensive mandolin to my instruments so I would have one I wasn't afraid to take to art fairs. I was actually wanting an oval.

My experience is that cheaper oval holes are WAY worse than cheaper F holes at duplicating the sound of the more expensive versions of the same style. Remarkably so. So I bought the F hole and I like it. It's not the mandoling my expensive one is, but it's not bad and it's worth about $2000 less. I can take it on the road.