I played mandolin in a good bluegrass band back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Built one from scratch back then from blueprints of a 1920’s Gibson F-style. Long and very tedious job. After doing so I consider any F style mandolin at nearly any price a bargain. For a decent low/mid priced mandolin I would look at Kentucky or Loar mandolins. Maybe you’ll be the next Sam Bush or David Grisman.