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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 am 
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I have a Mandolin by Blue Moon Model number: BM-05 I would like to upgrade.

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Any one recommend reasonable price mandolin in Ireland or UK the A style with oval sound hole.

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Specifications
Nut width:
Width at 12th fret:
Scale length:
Max body depth:
Body width:
Number of Frets:
Overall body length:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:30 am 
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Try the https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/

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Yes I have listed also the same topic on the www.mandolincafe.com/forum as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:45 pm 
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Fergmaun wrote:
I have a Mandolin by Blue Moon Model number: BM-05 I would like to upgrade.

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Any one recommend reasonable price mandolin in Ireland or UK the A style with oval sound hole.


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I upgraded from this very model to a Barnes & Mullins "Abbot" BM400 ... totally satisfied :)

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Admittedly it's got a circular sound-hole, but the significantly deeper body, 3" opposed to 2.25" gives far better response on the bass strings. I doubt you'd do better for the price!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:22 am 
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Around £100 to £500 price range.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:11 am 
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Perhaps an Eastman MD304. Just outside your range at retail, but perhaps a deal can be found?

http://www.scayles.co.uk/ProductDetails?ID=MjI2Mg==

https://www.eastmanguitars.com/mandolins-a-style-md304
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If you can stand F-holes, than The Loar has some products in A-style.


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I'm really tempted to "upgrade" to an oval hole myself, but realistically I'm halfway skeptical that anything would really be much of a step up from my Fullerton Gloucester. Are oval holes actually louder than mandolins with f holes, or is it more aesthetics?

I looked at this one in the link below, but the description seems to contradict itself. Can it really be said to be in good structural condition if there is "top sinkage?"
https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/109466#109466


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Thomaston wrote:
I looked at this one in the link below, but the description seems to contradict itself. Can it really be said to be in good structural condition if there is "top sinkage?"
https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/109466#109466

No. I'd think it would indicate either extreme humidity issues, a problem with bracing, or the neck tilting down in towards the soundhole.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:59 am 
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Was thinking about this Mandolin Gold Tone GM-50 A Style.
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Or a mandolin similar looking to my Freshwater Irish Bouzouki

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Found this link on the forum http://www.johnalveyturner.co.uk/page5.html mandolins for sale.

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I like the look of this one
Price £195 anyone know anything or about this mandolin or even recognise the maker.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:10 am 
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What is the different between the Eastman MD304 mandolin and the PILGRIM VPMA60 REDWOOD SERIES A-STYLE MANDOLIN.

Both look very similar

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:15 am 
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I have now decided to get the Secondhand Kentucky KM 172 Mandolin from Hobgoblin Music £299 with gig bag.

Mandolin will be delivered next week by Parcel Force.

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