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Old 04-17-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

So I have been having lots of fun learning violin lately, so I'm thinking about getting another string instrument- the mandolin. I just can't seem to get enough of learning completely foreign things lately, and I think mandolin be a cool addition.

SOOOOOOOOO... recommendations for cheapish mandolins or recommendations in general.

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Old 04-17-2016, 07:03 PM   #2
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Hi,

"I know nothing!" about mandolins but I've gotten two nice guitars from Rondo Music recently and would consider any of their products. You can look on YouTube for reviews (Recommended) and also check Amazon.

SX Mando 50 NA Mandolin Natural

$69.95
with padded case.

SX Mando 50 NA Mandolin Natural




Sounds interesting.

Addition:

Amazon has a bunch starting at $59.95 with good reviews:

Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst




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You can frequently get the Rogue mando for $45. I have one. The quality is higher than you'd expect and it's fun to plink around on.

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You can frequently get the Rogue mano for $45. I have one. The quality is higher than you'd expect and it's fun to plink around on.
want post me a sample?
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You can frequently get the Rogue mando for $45. I have one. The quality is higher than you'd expect and it's fun to plink around on.
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On sale at Musicians Friend: $45.99 w/free shipping!

Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst


Regularly $59.99. Aslo available at the GC.

And eBay ($45) with free shipping. Think that's Musicians' Friend too.

Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin Sunburst (eBay)


What more can you ask? For $45.99?
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Quick question holly, about violin is it pretty easy to translate guitar experience to it? that's what i plan to get next for myself.
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Haha that was my question. The answer is pretty much "no". I think knowing how to read music kind of sort of made it easier for me, but I mainly knew that from singing experience.

It is a real pain in the ass to be honest. If you keep at it everyday, it starts to sound alright after a few months. Make sure to spend lots of time dedicated to bowing correctly. If you can afford it, it is a good idea to get a teacher. I would love to get one, but at this point I'm saving for school.. and a mandolin apparently.

It is a lot of fun to learn though! There are lots of accessible pieces and folk techniques that are interesting. Right now I'm learning finger rolls to play the Last of the Mohicans theme which is rad.

Another key to getting it sound good is learning to vibrato. I'm learning that right now as well. It is a PAIN in the ass, and it sounds terrible while you're learning. I've been working on it for two months now, and I'm finally starting to get it. Almost. SO CLOSE!

Also, get yourself a muter.

I recommend this lady for learning basics. She is super annoying and talks to you like you're a kid, but she is thorough. Link.

Good luck!

The violin I got actually was pretty decent: http://www.amazon.com/Bunnel-Pupil-V...ilpage_o08_s00

Seems to have a good tone as far as I can tell.
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Just skip the Fenders here....action is way too high from the factory and I wasn't real impressed with their playability. Not that I can play it, but a good friend of mine tried to add it to his stage routine and nearly threw it across the room.....and he is one of the "Fender 'til death" kind of guys, so consider that.
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Quick question holly, about violin is it pretty easy to translate guitar experience to it? that's what i plan to get next for myself.
Itzhak Perlman said something like "The violin is a hellishly difficult instrument!" And he should know.

Why is the violin so hard to play?


I took lessons at 55 for a couple of years and it was very interesting and some fun. It can make a lot of "racket" until you get the hang of the fretless aspect.
My instructor said "If anyone ever complains about your playing just hand them the instrument."

Go for it.
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