I am new to the cafe and to the mandolin. I've been playing for about 8-9 days and I start lessons on Monday. Have been listening to bluegrass since I was little. My grandpa played his mandolin all the time, but growing up I never was really interested in it. I've been really listening to nothing but bluegrass for the past year or two and have decided that I will learn how to play the mandolin this year.
Anyway...my aunt let me borrow her mandolin (an A sytle Seville) that is OK to learn on, but I am going to need something a little better. I want an F style and I think I have narrowed my choices down to the Epiphone and the Flatiron. I would rather buy a good entry NEW instrument vs buying a used instrument that I have no idea what damage has been done to it with the previous owner.
My hope is that there are some of you that have played both and can give me your thoughts on one or both of these mandolins. I have picked both of them up in a local store and have listened to them and picked around on them. But I am so new, that I'm not really sure. The only obvious thing is the $450 price difference bewtween them. I will probably buy one of them in a few months when I get my tax return back. I thought that the flatiron sounded better, but is there really a $450 difference in playability? My fear is that if I buy the Epiphone is that I will always want the Flatiron. But if there are plenty of people telling me different, I would listen to you guys because experience is on your side.
Appreciate in advance for your feedback. This is a pretty cool site and very helpful to people that are new to the mandolin.