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Rogue $29 mando
« on: Apr 07, 2006, 02:28:04 AM »
Anyone here buy one of those $29 Rogue mandolins Musician's Friend had for sale over the holiday?  (Now they're TEN bucks more!  Da noive!)

How presentable can they be made to sound?  (Wish I'd snagged one....)

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2006, 02:33:08 AM »
Rogue is made by Daewoo I think.  In fact we saw them there at our last meeting (China).  They make ok stuff.  If you want to save yourself some problems down the road, I'd look at Epiphone or even Bean Blossom.  Made by the same manufacturer (Daewoo), but with better materials.


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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2006, 03:24:46 AM »
For my first forays into an instrument, I like to buy the cheapest possible thing: then, if I like it, I upgrade, but that's good intelligence from someone who's been there many times: thanks!

There's a downside in buying cheapo instruments (although less and less, thank you NC machines!) in that a POS instrument might sour one, but at the very least one's investment is limited and you get a nice wall-hanging out of the deal......

At $29, I don't know why I even hesitated.

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #3 on: Apr 07, 2006, 02:34:42 PM »
Yup, I've had ne for a few months now and am having a lot of fun with with it.  I've never played another mando to compare it to, but, I play guitar and know what a fretted string instrument is supposed to do, and I can find nothing wrong with it.  As you say, it was sort of a no-brainer at the price, and even though MF has a decent return policy, I probably would have kept it for a decoration, as you say, even if it turned out unplayable.

Of course, I bought a case, a strap, a video, spare strings (get spare strings...one of the ones mine came with broke immediately)....so that $29 mando cost me $89, but I'm having a plast playing those two finger chords.


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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #4 on: Apr 07, 2006, 07:24:32 PM »
Oy, I'm kickin' myself even more.... who needs food when you can buy instruments?

Yeah, everybody said "Replace the strings, lower the bridge."   Shoot.  "A blast" for $89 bux-- hell, in NYC that's a pizza and a movie.  Bon marche' if you ask me.  (sob!)   :'(

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #5 on: Apr 07, 2006, 07:40:13 PM »
...And I didn't even have to lower the bridge on me.  Actually had to raise it up with the adjustment screws a bit!

...y'know, if you don't spend the $10 I spent on the video (which wasn;t really helpful anyway) or get a cheaper strap, that makes up for that whopping increase to $39....

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #6 on: Apr 07, 2006, 07:56:23 PM »
Sure, taunt me in my grief.......

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #7 on: Apr 07, 2006, 08:29:50 PM »
Rogue is made by Daewoo I think.
They make pretty decent cars, trucks and assault rifles, you'd think a mando would be a no-brainer fer 'em. ;)
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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #8 on: Apr 07, 2006, 08:30:37 PM »
Sure, taunt me in my grief.......
Credit is a wonderful thing... ;)
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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #9 on: Apr 07, 2006, 08:39:45 PM »
They make pretty decent cars, trucks and assault rifles, you'd think a mando would be a no-brainer fer 'em. ;)

The rifles actually aren't that good, but the semi-auto pistols are quite nice.

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #10 on: Apr 07, 2006, 09:01:55 PM »
They make pretty decent cars, trucks and assault rifles, you'd think a mando would be a no-brainer fer 'em. ;)
As long as the assembly lines don't get combined....mandosedansemiassault strings are so hard to find.

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #11 on: Apr 07, 2006, 09:08:24 PM »
...mandosedansemiassault strings are so hard to find.
Hey, barbed wire works in a pinch. I read it in a forum somewhere... :)
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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #12 on: Apr 07, 2006, 09:20:12 PM »
Isn't the "semi" in there clever?  Works for both trucks AND rifles......

(hurts arm patting self on back......)

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #13 on: Apr 08, 2006, 10:48:18 AM »
I bought one of these
http://www.imuso.co.uk/directory/reviews/cm01e-review.htm
a couple of months ago and am ever so pleased with it. Not as cheap as $29, but I bet you could find the same thing in the states for as little as $50.

You can hear it on the track I posted on this forum. 4th verse
http://www.fiddleforum.com/fiddleforum/index.php?topic=16628.0

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #14 on: Apr 08, 2006, 11:44:55 PM »
Every Google hit for "Collins CM01E" came up with a GB or Euro site, so I'm thinking they don't export to the States.

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #15 on: Apr 30, 2006, 08:00:13 PM »
So, I got one used, with an OK bag, for U$40, including shipping.  (!!!)   Yay me!   ;D

It seems quite nice, supposedly only 4 months old, looks brand new.  Neck seems thick, but I've got nothing to compare it to.  Prev. owner replaced some strings "after breaking them" with guitar strings-- I swapped them out for lighter mandolin strings and now the E is a LOT easier to play.

Really a good instrument to veg out on the couch with, while accompaning TV commercials.  Also good for developing and maintaining fingertip calluses-- you really gotta push.  Totally destroyed my interest in checking out a fretted violin.  Also, mucho violin repetoire totally useful.

AND, as before: much easier to practice in a car than a violin. :D

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #16 on: Apr 30, 2006, 10:08:07 PM »
If your strings are hard to push down, the action is probably too high at the nut. Mandolins are actually pretty easy to play if they are set up right.

Here's a link to a great article showing how to remedy that:

http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/GenSetup/NutAction/nutaction.html



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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #17 on: Apr 30, 2006, 10:25:35 PM »
Whuch did you get, the Rogue?

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #18 on: Apr 30, 2006, 10:33:37 PM »
Yeah, the Rogue RM100a.  Still a steal at $39.  Really, quite nice workmanship, IMO.  And I got a bag, and a ....saxophone strap, for some reason.  (WTH?  ;) )  I wish I coulda got the black one, but I hear they show fingerprints somethin' turrable (that's me trying to make myself feel good about necessity......)...........



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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2006, 07:52:11 PM »
Yeah, the Rogue RM100a.  Still a steal at $39.
According to MF, *backordered* till the 17th! ;)

I can wait...
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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2006, 08:06:41 PM »
Wow...word must be spreading.

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2006, 08:07:57 PM »
Although I'm pretty happy with the instrument, I'd like a teensy bit lower action.  And it has to happen at the nut.  :(

Now comes the problem: when you've got a $39 instrument, how much are you willing to pay to have it set up properly?   :D

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2006, 08:22:11 PM »
Some places won't even do setups on it.  No truss rod, and other concerns, I gather.  For $39, use it as an excuse to learn to do setups your self!

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2006, 08:32:14 PM »
OK, just now I decided to learn what octive tuning would sound like.

It sounds like strings breaking.   :P

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Re: Rogue $29 mando
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2006, 08:51:02 PM »
OK, just now I decided to learn what octive tuning would sound like.

It sounds like strings breaking.   :P

You DID take my advice from my earlier message, RIGHT??
I'll remind you:
get spare strings
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