Re: Best Mando Under $500
Second Robert's motion! The new "stripped down" The Loars are getting excellent initial evaluations.
Originally Posted by Folkmusician.com
And remember: the OP asked about F-model (which I would guess would mean scroll-and-points, carved top, etc.) instruments in the sub-$500 price range. I think it makes sense to respond to Ben's inquiry, before sending him off looking at A-models, flat-tops, etc. The two Robert suggests are all-solid-wood, carved-top Asian-import instruments at that price point.
Standing advice, of course, is to play as many mandolins in that range, as can be accessed, and pick the one that comes closest to what you're looking for. Not everyone has access to a range of mandolins, however, and Rover and The Loar seem to respond directly to the initial request.
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