Here is my mandolin. It sounds good for the money. I couldn't invest the big bucks until I learned the instrument and could train my ear to know what one would ultimately sound like. Now that I have played a Gibson F-9 and A-9 and hopefully will play a BRW in the near future, I am beginning to "hear" what a mando should be. But I am pleased with this one right now. Good volume, medium sustain, low frets, a little heavy.
"Only two kinds of people never make mistakes: Dead people and people that do nothing!" [Al's Dad]
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