Re: suggestions for builder , make of mandolin suitable for class
Remember, Lloyd Loar voiced the F5 for classical music. It was to be the ultimate mandolin orchestra instrument! That said, Martin, Mid Mo/Big Muddy, Red Line Resophonic, Arches flat top, Old Gibson oval hole. All but the last you can get in something other than birch/maple backs. You may also find a L&H Style C in that price range in very playable condition. For $200 you can get a playable American made early 20th century bowlback that will certainly sound very different from your Mowry!
Allen's good advice of get your hands on some is the best.
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