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GUEST, 18 Jul 00 - 12:18 PM
Wesley S 18 Jul 00 - 12:29 PM
catspaw49 18 Jul 00 - 12:41 PM
Big Mick 18 Jul 00 - 08:29 PM
Rick Fielding 18 Jul 00 - 10:38 PM
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Subject: Mandolin
From: GUEST,
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 12:18 PM

I teach my children and 12 of their friends bluegrass, old timey, and Irish music for free. I am looking to help a family who are on a fairly tight budget purchase a lower end F-5 mandolin for their daughter. I've helped another student get a Washburn. I'd like to know where to look to maybe find something similar, second hand.

Can anybody recommend something in the $250-$350 price range?

Thanks for the help,

Mike Delnero

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Subject: RE: Help: Mandolin
From: Wesley S
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 12:29 PM

Mike - I think you'll have better luck - and get a better instrument - if you look at an "A" or flat style mandolin. I've tried several "F" styles in the price range you mention and I haven't been impressed with any of them. But that's just my opinion. If I were you I would consider looking at the Mid-Missouri brand. They can be had for well under $500.00 and are easy to play with a good tone. I own one and I've been very happy with it. It's a very simple design and won't win any beauty contests however. Good Luck - Wesley

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Subject: RE: Help: Mandolin
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 12:41 PM

Check at ELDERLY INSTRUMENTS which carry a couple of fine less expensive lines like Mid Missouri and Kentucky. Also check their used/vintage section. We refer a lot of folks there, but I have had excellent relations with them as have many others around here. Very honest and reliable and helpful folks.


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Subject: RE: Help: Mandolin
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 08:29 PM

Mike, I know the folks at Elderly really well. I would be happy to talk to them about trades/consignments to help with here. Why don't you drop me a line at and let's see if we can help here.

All the best,

Big Mick

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Subject: RE: Help: Mandolin
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 10:38 PM

You know I have to go along with the suggestion of an "A" style. Even when were talking inexpensive Korean instruments, it's still MUCH more difficult to build the F5 style. In that price range, the "A"s and simple "F" hole ones sound just as good. Actually they sound just the same.


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