To date - the best sounding mando I've ever played was a 1957 A-40. #You just never know. #I've played a few other fairly lame A-40's too. #If possible - play before pay.
Worst part of the '57 is it never gets played. #A buddy of mine owns it and it was a gift from his dad. #He won't sell it to me because of the sentimental value. #The only time it's touched is when I'm over (which isn't that often). #I can only imagine how good it would sound if it was played regularly.
Regarding price - $850 is a fair amount if it sounds good. I've seen them priced from $650 - $1000 over the years.
"How many of you folks have seen that movie "O Brother, Where Ya At?"--Ralph Stanley
Turkey Creek #17
1958 Gibson A-40
2002 Martin D-28