Well. I decided to start a new thread on this. This is about the same mandolin I was so excited about yesterday, but it's not about the strings. True to its reputation, this mandolin has a sunken area on its top, on the treble side, directly below (towards the outside edge of the mandolin) and in front (towards the neck) of he bridge.
I'm feeling a little sick about this. Someone added a shim under the treble end of the (probably not original) bridge, to compensate for the sinkage. I would estimate the sunken area to be about 3/16" deep. I held a straight edge along the top, first on the bass side, from bridge foot to edge. This area is slightly convex, actually. Looks normal. But, when I laid it across the treble half, the gap is about 3/16" under the straight edge.
Well, so now what? I wrote to the seller, asking for a total or partial refund. I will give him time to respond. I asked for the partial refund, hoping this problem can be fixed. Anyone (Gail Hester?) got any experience with these sunken tops? Doesn't look like an easy fix to me.
The other problem is not so bad. I've got a significant buzz on the G string course. I'm sure this can be fixed, first by taking down a few high frets (this is a very relative 'high'--these frets are [/I]really[I] small to start with) and maybe raising or replacing the bridge.
Perhaps I should have posted in the builders section, but for continuity's sake, I thought I'd start here.
I actually think the mandolin can be made more playable as it is with a better fitting (shimmed) bridge and some fret work. But, I'd like to know if the top can be raised in any way, because I do not expect the seller to come through. Thanks, as always....