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I’m thinking about a mandolin

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  1. stxrus

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    With the little learning I’ve got so far I’ve decided $500.00-$600.00 is a decent starting point
    Since aesthetics do count, me me at least, I prefer the F style. So there’s that
    I should restate this instrument will be a purchase after I get my next LP. So, I’m expecting a mandolin purchase maybe in July through September.
    Thanks for all the input
     
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    Then one suggestion is a JBovier F5. I’ve seen them in that range but have no first hand experience with them.

    You’ve got plenty of time to noodle around on mandolincafe between now and then.
     
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    I really enjoyed that!
     
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    I got a Fender one from craigslist for $100 a few years ago. I take it out every once in a while. I don't play a lot of single note stuff like Chris Thile but looked up some chords and can play stuff that I know on guitar. Even got a little capo for it.

    I got this really big triangle shaped pick and it's really thin. I like that better than the 1mm standard shapes I use for guitar.
     
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    It's the snare drum of the bluegrass band.
     
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    That’s a cool comparison. I’ll have to think/listen on this
     
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    First... DO IT!
    Second... GDAE.
    Third... Mandolin Cafe (as mentioned above). Those guys are an entire forum of gentlemen. Unlike this forum which is comprised entirely of knuckleheads (especially me).
    Fourth... pick a nice acoustic guitar and figure the price on it and then double that price for the same quality level of mandolin. (Check out the Mandolin Cafe Classifieds)
    Fifth... choose wisely because THAT'S gonna be your mandolin. ($2500 should get a nice Collins, Pava, Kelley or Northfield)
    Sixth... F-style or A-style? The sound probably won't be significantly different but F-style will cost significantly more.
     
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    Thanks, this is good information
     
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    I hope so. That's what I would be telling me after going down that road. One more thing. Listen to the sound of a cheap mandolin vs a quality mandolin. If you can't hear a significant difference, buy the cheap one.
     
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    There is the problem. I’d have to go stateside to test drive one or five. There are a few (maybe 2) mandolin players on island. I’ve reached out to one (no reply yet) and the other is a total jerk I can’t stand to be around.
     
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    If you go on the Mandolin Cafe and search, there have been a couple of threads on a good starter mandolin recently. In your price range, the two favorites seem to be Kentucky and Eastman. Since you're not pursuing a bluegrass tone, the Eastman 300 series seem to keep players satisfied the longest before needing an upgrade. Reading the Mandolin Cafe will also steer you onto the good dealers who actually do a set-up on their lower cost mandolins before shipping (which is very rare on cheap instruments). The Mandolin Store comes to mind, but go on the Cafe and read the threads for yourself.
     
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    Mandolin Cafe is on my list. thanks for all of the input
     
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    Be ready to pay at least a grand.
     
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    Thanks, sounds good - not exactly like an acoustic, but clearly not a guitar.

    D.H.
     
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    Thanks for this thread. Got out my mando this morning. Had some fun with it. Need to check out mandolin cafe now.
     
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    My fav mandolin player is David Grisman
     
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    Sierra Hull shreds on mando. Her guitar playing is superb. Her voice is ethereal.
     
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    I bought my Gibson F9 for 2 grand new. I got a 30% discount. Took me years to finally decide to learn how to play it it after getting a proper set up.
    Then I played the F5G. This model is far better for an additional $1,500. Deeper and darker tone, it's more desirable for me.
    Sadly. It's over 6K.
    If you are serious about mandolin,look at used Gibson, Collings, and search out Pava, Northfield,and others.
     
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    Yeah, here's how I ended up in Mandolandia:

    My friend: "Want to buy a mandolin?"

    Me: "No."

    My friend: "Fifty dollars."

    Me. "Okay!"

    Turned out it was unplayable. Why? The bridge screws were turned down so low that the strings touched the frets. So I gave 'em a few turns up. Presto! A working plywood Fender electric A!

    Ten years later, I'm on my fourth and final, a sweet old Gibson snakehead. A voyage of discovery, fer sher!
     
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