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Kinsman Mandolin Bag
Member Name: morellomole
Kinsman Mandolin Bag
Advantages: Price and good basic features.
Disadvantages: Thickness of padding.
I have been playing the mandolin for over a year, and for some reason never bothered to get a case. This has resulted in the odd scratch, and has made it difficult to carry the instrument anywhere. I put it off partly on the grounds of not wanting to part with any cash for such a case. When I found the Kinsman bag for £10.67 I thought it was time to give it a try.
Overall length approx.28" (70cm).
600 denier rip-resistant fabric which seems perfectly standard and fit for purpose.
In the main this is black all over with 2 tone piping. There is also a 4" square segment on the front with the kinsman logo all over it (if you have a high pride level and don't like the name this may be an issue for you).
Bag unzips so that the entire top portion of the bag can be folded back out of the way. I thought this was standard but have heard of bags where the access granted by the zip is minimal.
The zips themselves are described as high quality durable 6mm. They seem perfectly standard to me with metal pull tags which haven't broken yet and don't look in a hurry to either.
Front zip pocket approx 5" (13cm) x 11" (28cm) which is certainly big enough to hold spare strings/plectrums etc.
Adjustable shoulder strap with flexible plastic supports - not padded which can be slightly uncomfortable if you carry the instrument this way a lot; but then, unless you have a lead-lined mandolin the instrument isn't really heavy enough to necessitate padding on the shoulder straps anyway.
Twin carry handles with a padded wrapover handle with Velcro fastening - standard stuff these days but very useful.
Hanging loop at the top of the case - weak looking plastic but then I repeat my previous comment about instrument weight.
Protective rubber grip strip 1.5" (4cm) x 5" (13cm) on the bottom.
There is also a label pocket on the neck of the bag - not sure what this is doing there really but maybe if your instrument is regularly mixed in with others, it may have a use.
10mm padding - not particularly thick so if your mandolin gets thrown around a lot, you may find this inadequate.
Nylon scratch proof inner liner with fabric pads which should help guard against internal bag rips around the bridge and neck.
Overall, a perfectly serviceable bag for the money. It doesn't have the mark of a top quality bag with supreme protection, but then you are not paying for that. In short, from a value for money point of view, you would be hard pushed to get much better. The price I mention of £10.67 included postage and was through an Amazon seller, but you can find similar deals elsewhere for this item. Anywhere under £20 and I still feel you have good value for money.
Summary: For a low price bag, surprisingly adequate.