I also posted this in the general section, but thought you folks might have some insight and might miss it.
I am looking for a new (to me, anyway) mandolin for old-time music. My budget and my sensibilities put a strict $300.00 limit on what I will spend. At this time the mandolin will be played for about 4 or 5 songs out of a 45 song set; I am primarily a solo performer.
What type of mandolin is best suited to old-time? I find myself drawn to the look of the F-style but I gather they might be more suited to Bluegrass. Are there particular brands or models that I should consider? Ones that should be avoided? I want something that is easier to play than my Santa Rosa; the nut is so high that it is hard to hold the strings down at the first fret.
Thanks for any help you might provide. Please don't suggest that I save for that "good" mandolin, because this is as good as it is gonna get.