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Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?

SharonA 01 Aug 09 - 12:09 AM
SharonA 06 Aug 09 - 02:18 AM
GUEST 06 Aug 09 - 05:01 AM
GUEST,iancarterb 06 Aug 09 - 11:48 PM
SharonA 14 Aug 09 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,Matt yer Hacker 31 Aug 09 - 02:49 PM
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Subject: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: SharonA
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 12:09 AM

Does anybody on the 'Cat play a Paris Swing mandolin? Has anyone tried one and thought it was not worth purchasing? I'm eyeing the Samois MS-130 model with the large "D" hole, but I haven't heard one or played one yet so I don't know whether to believe the company's hype about its sound and playability. Also wondering if there are structural issues associated with that big soundhole.

Is there a better option in the moderate-price range for a mando to be used in a jazz/swing trio (with a guitarist and a keyboardist)? Your comments, please!

Thanks,
Sharon


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Subject: RE: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: SharonA
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 02:18 AM

*refresh*


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Subject: RE: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 05:01 AM

The only one I have handled or felt is my own oval hole model,Nuages, and I must say that I enjoy both the sound and feel of it. It is a sample of one, however, and the bridge as supplied is adjusted to its lower limit, but it plays well and has great projection. I have heard internet stories of the samois suffering cracks at the soundhole, but no first hand knowledge. All inn all my one was good value for the money. - Dave T.


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Subject: RE: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: GUEST,iancarterb
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:48 PM

I have played a Nuages, and it played well and LOUD! I stopped immediately and left the premises to escape the clutches of Instrument Lust and avoid that slippery slope so familiar to many of us.
Carter B


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Subject: RE: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: SharonA
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 10:58 AM

Thanks, folks. More comments, please! Anybody have first-hand experience with a Samois cracking at the soundhole?


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Subject: RE: Paris Swing brand mandolin: good or bad?
From: GUEST,Matt yer Hacker
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 02:49 PM

I have the F-hole version, and it's been excellent so far. I'd recommend them - the materials are good quality and the sound is just great, especially for such an inexpensive instrument.

MyH


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