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Apr 20, 2021 - 2:23:42 PM
219 posts since 1/12/2011
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Which is your pick and why !

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:08:35 PM

71 posts since 9/5/2016

It depends on what kind of music you are playing.

My pick is at least one of each, maybe two of each, and then maybe ....   

I just don't think it is as simple as "A" or "F" these days.  There are many options to account for and many other shapes and configurations.

Edited by - Mandodennis on 04/20/2021 16:17:22

Apr 20, 2021 - 5:02:49 PM

105 posts since 2/15/2012

For the past 19 years it's been F style; F9, then KM1000, and now the LM 700, the F9 was a plain Jane, the KM had nice appointments, but was quiet...then the LM 700 fit the bill...great tone with just enough bling.

Apr 20, 2021 - 5:53 PM

161 posts since 9/20/2012

Fs are pretty, but there is really no advantage except that they are pretty. The downside is that they generally cost twice as much as a comparable A. Of course, people are willing to pay a lot to have fancy inlay and binding and exotic woods too. But as for how they play and sound, my opinion is that there is no difference.

Some might disagree. I would ask them to put on a blindfold, have someone play 10 A models and 10 F models in random order, then identify which is which.

Bottom line, I have two of each. :)

Apr 22, 2021 - 5:41:34 AM

219 posts since 1/12/2011
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quote:
Originally posted by Yooper

Fs are pretty, but there is really no advantage except that they are pretty. The downside is that they generally cost twice as much as a comparable A. Of course, people are willing to pay a lot to have fancy inlay and binding and exotic woods too. But as for how they play and sound, my opinion is that there is no difference.

Some might disagree. I would ask them to put on a blindfold, have someone play 10 A models and 10 F models in random order, then identify which is which.

Bottom line, I have two of each. :)  Same here, two of each ! Which do I like best ? If you have four kids , which do you like best ? :) 


Apr 22, 2021 - 9:24:11 AM

71 posts since 9/5/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Yooper

Fs are pretty, but there is really no advantage except that they are pretty. 


I don't know about that.  The scroll on F style mandolins makes for a convenient, built-in strap hook.  That's an advantage! wink

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