I was looking for a decent A-style oval hole mandolin, max price would be $500. I have read a lot of posts around here and was thinking about a (used) Eastman MD 504 or a Kentucky KM 174. Is there a big difference between the two or does anyone have other suggestions? I have played a (classical) bowlback for 9 years (not intensively), but have no experience with other mandolins, so I would consider myself semi-beginner/intermediate. The mandolin would be used to play mostly folk music and has to be loud enough to play along with other instruments (violin, accordion, guitar,...). As I live in Belgium I won't have a lot of opportunities to test several mandolins, so your help would be much appreciated. In fact, I don't know of any mandolin shop over here, so if by some miracle anyone knows one...
Thanks a lot in advance!