In the spirit of complaining about mandos... #
My first mando was called somthing like "El Comet" and was made by our friendly neighbors to the south, Mexico. It was a big old flat top with about 6 inches of finish sprayed on. #At about fret 4 or 5, it started going severely out of tune. #I don't know what it sounded like much higher than that, because it became humanly impossible to fret the strings as the action go so high. #Nonetheless, I logged probably 500 hours on that baby, learning basic chords and picking out simple tunes. #I would pick it up right after work and play until late into the night. Ignorance really was bliss.