Re: Curious about D'Angelico Mandolins
I'm glad to read here that the D'Angelico Mandolins are, in general, really nice.
I've only ever seen one of them, going for what I thought was a very reasonable $7,000 at a shop in San Rafael, CA in 2002 or so. Imagine my surprise, though, when I played it and it turned out to be one of the worst mandolins I'd played, and definitely the worst by far of any mandolin valued at over $1,000 that I had ever played.
The price obviously reflected the pure name value of D'Angelico. That still stands in my mind as the most ridiculous example I've ever seen of a name trumping any standard of intrinsic value.
Again, I'm relieved that most of the D'Angelicos DO actually live up to their name.
Adult-onset Instrumentalist (or was that addled-onset?)