Re: repair old stradolin or just buy a new mando?
I was in the luthier repair shop, dropped off my Strad for some intonation issues, hairline separation, plus a 2 point GOK for tailpiece reset & bridge & neck work. I'm listening to the quotes and second guessing myself... "if I took what the initial cost was, plus repairs, even without adding in the cost of a recent wall-hanger, I could have had me a nicer new mando." It finally dawned on me. This is the same/similar with the semi-vintage car fixer uppers. By the time you add up the initial cost, parts, labor, body work, paint job, you could about have a decent NEW vehicle. BUT, there wouldn't be the satisfaction of restoring something to it's original function. Yeah, you could get some conversation out of a 2012 Ford. But a restored '74 Ghia? Whole 'nother story.
Wahoo Creek Mountain Dulcimer
Mid-Mo M-0, Weber Sweet Pea, Strad-O-Lin A-style, Kay-style reverse cutaway
Oscar Schmidt OS-21C Autoharp
Savannah 5-string banjo