Harley Benton HBMA-50 Mandoline VS

Mandolin

  • Bluegrass series
  • Body shape: A style
  • Spruce top
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Teak
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot inlays
  • Scale: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 30 mm
  • Blackwood bridge
  • Cream binding
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: High-gloss vintage sunburst
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  • Folk
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  • Traditional

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Shape A-Style
Colour Sunburst
Body Basswood
Top Spruce
Neck Teak
Pickup System No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Really glad I bought this!
RoBass68, 24.09.2018
I have had a hankering for a mandolin for a few years, more recently after hearing some virtuoso playing on YouTube!
The mandolin arrived incredibly well boxed and protected.
The finish is quite perfect on mine, the intonation is spot on and no adjustment was needed for the neck.
There was a bit of choking or fret-buzz on the second pair of strings (A) at the 9th and 10th fret, however, this was minimal and played out after a few days of scale practice and learning the fret board.
One initial let down were the machine heads (tuners). Six of them were fine, two were quite loose, however, a small adjustment with a screwdriver has them working perfectly.
My HBMA-50 holds it?s tune very well and the OEM strings fitted are bright and clear.
This is an excellent first mandolin and has raised my interest in the instrument.
I have played some slightly more expensive mandolins and I would say they are not 2-300£/¤ better than this and would wait to save more money to buy a ?much better? mandolin (if that makes sense?) ? [By the way the mid-price mandolins I tried were very good, but I?m trying to demonstrate how good my model seems to be].
Just a few of things, buy a tuner, buy a gig bag, buy a chord book and a song book. These can all be had for under £/¤100 if you chose well.
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Great for the price
Shadetreepaul, 11.03.2020
Harley Benton makes great stuff, period. I bought this as my first mandolin ever, and so far I am not disappointed. Obviously, it needs a bit of adjusting (intonation, sanding the bridge down a bit and contouring it to the body of the mandolin), but this is to be expected at the price point.

Pros: Sounds like a good mandolin to me, plays nice, looks great.
Cons: Not ready to play right out of the box (which I expected).
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It's undeniably budget - but fine to learn on
19.12.2016
If this is your first mandolin, you are not going to be disappointed. It's fairly well made for the price, though the finish, especially the edging does have several imperfections, and I've seen better tuners on home made cigar box guitars.

It will require a good setup to get the best from it, but the intonation and playability right from the start were surprisingly reasonable. The sustain is also pretty good.

This mandolin has a bright and well projected sound, and physically it looks pleasing enough.

My only real issue with it is the quality of the tuners. They seem to suffer from 'loose spots', which makes fine tuning awkward.

With that said, if it splintered into a thousand pieces tomorrow - I would still buy another one.

It arrived quickly and very well packaged in a huge box - Thomann never disappoints. (Though I had hoped maybe the orders were mixed and I'd been sent a cello when I saw the size of the box!)
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delivered in shockingly poor state
Oh Mandy, 27.06.2020
a cheap mandolin bought for a friend to learn on - delivered, the action was terribly high, the bridge a cm from intonation, the truss rod needed to be slackened, the frets (which were blackened) polished and the nut slots widened,. luckily, I can do these but someone without the knowledge and skill to do a full set up would have an unplayable instrument which is unacceptable even at this price - after set-up, a
perfectly playable mando with a bright chirpy sound and low action
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