Re: Eastman 505... Good mando for #1?
I'm going to take a slightly different tack from other posters. If the "local guy's" price is within acceptable range of the on-line or mail-order sellers', I'd say "buy local." A local music store with some decent mandolins is a resource worth supporting. Does the store offer support -- set-up, repairs, strings, picks, books etc.? You may want to take your mandolin back there some time for tweaking, fixing, whatever.
Originally Posted by Bltprf502
I admire and at times patronize the on-line/mail-order instrument houses, and I know that many of us have wonderful experiences with them, but I'm an apostle of supporting good local music stores. Too many have fallen victim to their inability to discount as much as the on-line competition. Not suggesting that you take a beating on the price, but only that you preserve your first impulse to support the "local guy."
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