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Pick Selection 7 Replies

Started by John Gundrum. Last reply by Phillip Taylor May 6.

Tuners for Mandolin

Started by Robert Williamson Dec 5, 2015.

new to the game 6 Replies

Started by Ron. Last reply by Robert Williamson Nov 13, 2015.

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Comment by Dale Hinckley on March 7, 2010 at 2:16pm
I bought a Kentucky model 162 from They actually do a setup on their instruments - action at the nut was just about perfect. It's a pretty mando with sweet tone, seems a great value, and got me so psyched about the instrument that I bought an f-style as well (a Michael Kelly). Watch out though - a few months later I also bought a banjo: once you explore other fretted instruments it becomes a serious addiction...
Comment by Kevin Davey on March 6, 2010 at 3:38pm
I'm not a mandolin player yet, but now that I've achieved mediocrity on the guitar, I hope to achieve mediocrity on the mandolin as well. I am now actively shopping for a mando that's not too hard either to play or to pay for. I've looked at Kentucky mandolins, particularly the KM-150. (Or KM-150S, depending on the vintage.) I want something that's all solid wood, has an adjustable truss rod, and is reasonably well-made. Any other suggestions for something in the range of $150-250? Anyone play a Rover RM50?
Comment by Perry Madison on March 6, 2010 at 3:30pm
I have a tendency to put oil on the tuners and a drop where the string crosses the nut. I do this every time I change strings. The oil I use is 'TRI-FLOW superior lubricant with teflon'. Doesn't leave a residue like many, and it smells good.
Comment by Ed Mehollin on March 6, 2010 at 2:31pm
Hey, Edward. I have had limited experience with Mandolin Hut. I bought my first and only mandolin from them because they had a good deal going on at the time. So far my experience has been OK but just OK. When I emailed Paul about my issue with the tuners, I would have liked more than a four word response - "Try some light oil".

Regarding the discussion of the different types and scale lengths in the mandolin family - I thought I read some place that an octave mandolin and a bouzouki were the same thing.
Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2010 at 1:32pm
Hi Michael,
Don't know what a "baritone" mando is but I can tell you about the mandocello...
The mandolin family mirrors the violin family in classical instruments...therefore, the mandolin is tuned like a violin (G,D,A,E), the mandola is tuned like the viola (C,D,G,A), and the mandocello is tuned like a cello (C,G,D,A) and then the last is the octave mandolin, which is tuned like a regular mandolin, only an octave lower. Not to confuse things, but I recently found out that in Europe, the octave mandolin and the mandocello are the same...anyway, that's what I know! I found out a lot about this when I decided to build an octave mandolin, which is still on my plan...I played a Morgan Monroe Octave Mando at a little shop near Washington DC and fell in love with it! The beauty of the octave mando is that since it is the same tuning, only an octave lower, the chord fingering is exactly the same! Cool "stuff." Let us know if you get a mandocello (with pictures too of course!).
Comment by Michael D Krampitz on March 6, 2010 at 12:15pm
Can anyone tell me what is the tuning on a mandocello?I would love to get a baritone and a mandocello..I'm down to only 2 mandolins now.I had 5 of them just last Christmas,a model A Gibson,two Old Hickory,and a epiphone.and an electric one that looks like an acoustic guitar.My son has that one now and I can't remember the name.The action was really stupid low,so I had to change the bridge,which was just like an acoustic guitar,I wonder if I can get that one back hmm.
Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2010 at 8:54am
Hey Ed, another Ed here! Welcome...hey, I would like to know more about the "Mandolin Hut" you mentioned...I am always looking for new shops that specialize in mandolin!
Thanks, Edward
Comment by Ed Mehollin on March 5, 2010 at 8:45pm
Update on my last post - I bought some 3 in 1 oil, gingerly applied a drop on the tuners and it seemed to help. Time will tell, I guess. Thanks for the various bits of advice.
Comment by Ed Mehollin on February 25, 2010 at 6:29pm
Paul at Mandolin Hut suggested some light oil so I'll give that a go.
Comment by JIM HARPER on February 24, 2010 at 5:18am
Just as a lot of folks here, I do repairs and setups on all stringed instruments. The one that really proved to me the value of WD40 is my 53 year old Harmony 1265. The Waverly tuners on it would turn only with extreme force. I thought they might break so I used WD40 and immediately they were like new. I believe the metal must have had a film of corrosion.

Zinego aren't boys. They can take it, but it didn't hurt to call attention to a scurly website. I did regret doing so after people complained about it.


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