Re: Hofner mandolin
A year ago, I bought my first mandolin, a (new) bright red Hohner A-style, bound F-hole cheapie - a laminate top, accoustic/electric. Fretboard isn't radiused. I think I paid all of $200. Since then, I've gotten a solid-top Eastman 605A (oval hole), but still think that Hohner sounds surprisingly nice. So did my 2 teachers. It has a dryer, woodier sound than the Eastman, and even though it's an F-hole, is somewhat quieter than the Eastman. I was told by sales staff that Hohner only recently started making mandolins, guitars, etc., and don't even see mandolins listed on their site, so maybe it was short-lived.
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