The owner of a small music shop near me said he got a great deal on a brand new Michael Kelly Legacy Festival Pack (mandolin, case, strap and tuner) - here's the product on the michael kelly site:
Retail is $700, $500 is the lowest they can advertise it and he said he'd sell it to me for $375. Then I'd need to put a pickup in it. Anyone know anything about the Michael Kelly Mandolins and this Legacy Festival Pack? #I like the looks of others better, but it sounded and played well. What pickup should I go with? I hate spending this much for my first mandolin, but I tried a Fender with a single coil pickup and wasn't happy with that.
Does this seem like a good deal and what pickup would you put into it? Can I get a better mandolin for that price that already has a built-in pickup and maybe even a preamp with controls? A friend of mine bought a Tacoma that he loves and says he gets nothing but praise for it from sound guys - his has a pickup in it but no controls and it cost him $600. Not sure how that compares.