Re: Help to choose first mandolin
I have a Morgan Monroe MM-100-SB/E. Got it for around $500. It's not bad for the money. It's got a bright sound and is very playable. Not that familiar with Rover, but I'd look at Washburn, Kentucky, Michael Kelly, etc. All of these have pretty good offerings in F-styles in your price range. If you have access to a music store where you could actually play some of these before you buy, I would definately suggest that. Most of these come somewhat set-up, but I would take it to a luthier when you get it and have it set-up properly. A good set-up makes all the difference. Good luck and enjoy. If you're like most Mandolin players I know, this will become a passion for you.
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