Post by Greg Ballantyne on Mar 16, 2017 17:11:26 GMT -5
ladyssolo , I could be, although such a thing isn't on my list right now....if someone else is, like sleigh , and a deal is made don't wait for me. I've just always had a part of me that wanted to try a mandolin or mandolin like instrument. I thought about buying the Trinity College Irish Bouzouki a couple of years ago, but never pulled the trigger. From what I've read, Kentucky is a middle of the pack brand, and your model is roughly in the upper quartile or so in their lineup. It looks to me that it would make a quite respectable choice for someone's first try at a mandolin.
I decided to give the Kentucky a fair try today by A&Bing it with my Pava and playing with my Blue Chip pick. I will say that on guitar, I don't find Blue Chips make as much difference as they do on mandolins. To my ears and with my style of playing, Blue Chip picks make a HUGE difference in the sound - less pick noise, and just overall better tone and sustain. The Kentucky REALLY responds to the Blue Chip pick, even more than the Pava does. So I am going to give it a try in church this week and see if it can be heard in the back of the church. Greg Ballantyne, it seems to be true that the Kentucky is a middle of the pack brand. The Pava and Weber are a more low end upper class mandolin. They are a definite upgrade from my Loar LM 220, but as a far cry from the 20K mandolins that some people play. I think the Blue Chips make more difference on Mandolins due to the higher string tension on mandos compared to guitars.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2017 22:22:49 GMT -5 by ladyssolo
Post by Greg Ballantyne on Mar 19, 2017 20:27:09 GMT -5
ladyssolo , I've recently gotten used to paying a little more fir guitars, but a seriously doubt I'll ever see the day I own a 20k Mandolin. I had thought the Weber ranked a LITTLE better that lower upper..... but I only know what I've read, and I haven't read all that much. I can see an instrument like a Mandolin being more sensitive to pick noise. IN my experience with guitars, the thinner picks create more pick noise, and perhaps the thin tortishell picks more than other materials. Interesting to hear about how much difference the pick makes on your mandolins.
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