I am turning 50 soon, and I was considering taking the plunge on a new mandolin for my milestone Bday. I have been lusting after Collings -- I played a really nice new MT the other day locally, but the MF's are calling to me too.
My problem is with the economics of buying a brand new mandolin. The MT's new go for about 2300-2400, but it seems like the used going rate is around 1800. The MF's are in the $4500 range, but the used ones I have seen recently in the classifieds are in the $3000 range.
Now, I know that brand new mandolins, like brand new cars, are a joy to own. But I am having trouble swallowing the idea of spending essentially an incremental $500-$1500 for that pleasure.
Am I missing something? Is this a case of "Well duuuuuuuuuuuuuuh"?