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Paris Swing  Paris Swing Nauage MS-120 Mandolin Reviews

Submitted by Tpro (see all reviews from this person) on 1/24/2011

Where Purchased: The Music Link

Year Purchased: 1997
Price Paid: 350 ($US)

Sound

. I have owned at least 20 different 'decent mandolins since 1975, Old Gibson's -1919 A-5, 1950's F-12 , 1920's F-4, Unicorn [ very nice!!!] , Michael Kelly 'F-5' green' dragonfly ' and tried out many more of the 'big name' brands. . I love to play bluegrass but also love many other styles and I have been seeking a 'sweeter 'tone without sacrificing volume and 'chop' forever. I finally found it in a Chinese made house brand . This mandolin [ note: the name to infer 'Django' influenced acoustic swing music has the stylings of both a F- 4 AND a Maccaferri guitar and it does both quite well. This mandolin sings . I have used it on countless performances and many recordings. I use a Mi-Si 'Trio' pickup and a 'Radial Tonebone 'Pre-Z 'for EQ and a A/B box for my fiddle as well. I usually run it through a 'Carvin' acoustic amp and/or into the 'board .

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Good right out of the box but needed general set-up. I am a professional stringed instrument repairman [ www.diamondstrings.com] so this only took minutes to lower the nut slots a hair and file fret ends a bit. Could use better tuners but the current ones are sufficient and I find they hold tuning well. Put on a better grade of strings. I like The new Phosper Fender Mandolin strings .011's fine. And the DR's are quite good but very costly.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

It's natural finish while not flawless ,looks beautiful. Gets tons of compliments for it's looks alone. Great Spruce top with good carving , curly maple sides and back are miles ahead in intense flame and quality of anything I've ever seen in this or much higher price ranges. .

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

. I Do recommend replacing the tuners with Shallers or similar but the gold plated /pearloid buttons ones on it are not all that bad. the tailpiece has a good look to it but I find it a little hard to change strings . It is still much better then the old Gibson design. I have used it on at least two hundred gigs and it just gets better and better. I have a matching backup in case this ever gets lost ,stolen or damaged beyond repair.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

Unfortunately These are no longer being produced as the manufacturer did not find enough of market for this style . Too radical ? Not expensive enough ? Too bad . these are Far from the 'junk ' some folks perceive. A LOT of folks missed out on the best deal in mandolins I have ever encountered. But, the company now makes a F-5 model called ' The Loar' . obviously presumptuous but I would not be surprised if it lived up well to it's name .

Customer Service: 5

Components

already mentioned the weakest areas . upgrade the tuners , tail and strings if you think you should but it is not necessary. I haven't.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Best mandolin deal I've ever found. That is why I bought a second one. Really a shame they stopped making these but They pop up time to time on ebay now . If you seek a great 'round hole ' instrument that doesn't 'follow the herd', and are willing to do a blindfold test , I sincerely believe you will feel like you've won the 'mando game'. [[ put that extra $$ into a great small stage amp, good pickup and a Radial Tonebone Pre-Z.]]
I should mention that the neck is not like a 'loar' or the' v' necked imitations . It's fairly chunky and I'm sure not for everyone , especially 'mando snobs'.. there is no shortage in this category.

Overall Rating: 10

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