Re: Chinese or Other various eBay Mandolin Sellers question
I have worked on a few of these over the past several years. The "workmanship" is highly, highly variable. Some are not too awful, others are diabolical. They are typically made from unseasoned materials that crack and warp. Neck issues are common (warped, wrong angle). One even had the fretboard misaligned and stuck on with epoxy! I always thought that if they'd spend a bit more time on making a basic, decent mandolin than on inlaying insanely fancy peacocks and dragons over every available square inch that would be a move in the right direction. They make good wall hangers....
Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern
Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
Distressed Silverangel F 'Esmerelda' aka 'Maxx'
Jim Triggs 23 F5, Northfield Big Mon #127
Silverangel custom 'A'
'39 D-18, 1950 D-28.