Re: Ellis and Dudenbostel mandolins: Hands-on impressions?
I've never played either so accept this advice for what you paid for it. Look into Phoenix too. If you're not a trad grasser, you can look outside the box. In that top tier of builders, I don't think you'll get a bad mandolin from any of them, just some that may not suit your taste. Also, before you drop that much coin on any builder, play some examples to be more educated/sure of your choice.
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