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Where Purchased: H B Woodsong, Boulder, CO
Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 320 ($US)
This is my travel mandolin, and the one that follows me around the house for playing 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there. It is on the small side, and so the tone can be a bit high and "tinny". Installing GHS Silk and Steels have solved that problem to a large degree. To me, the sound quality is best for Celtic music. Strumming open 2-finger chords sounds especially nice, and I think that the sustain might go on for days if you let it.
Sound Rating: 8
It came well set up.
Setup Rating: 9
The MM-8 is very attractive. It has a spruce top, walnut back & sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge, and Grover tuners.
The neck is a bolt-on, which unnerves some; I have no issue with it.
Also, the satin finish is pleasing to the eye, but shows wear easily---invest in an armrest.
Appearance Rating: 8
Aside from the finish, my only hardware concern is the tailpiece. The metal is thin and stamped, and will probably need to be replaced at some point. However, it is still going strong 1 and 1/2 years after purchase, so I am not complaining.
Reliability Rating: 8
Mike Dulak is very receptive to customer questions and comments.
Customer Service: 10
The construction is solid and the fit and finish are smooth and professional.
Components Rating: 8
I am completely satisfied with this mandolin. This is a solid instrument, and a good purchase.
Overall Rating: 8
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