Re: Mandolin first timer- do I need a teacher?
There was a recent thread by another player from Ozz who also wanted a good mandolin.I had a trawl through several Australian music store's sites, & didn't find any instruments that would inspire me to buy. If i remember correctly,the other guy decided to purchase a Kentucky mandolin from one of the US stores. If you were to buy from either The Mandolin Store or Folk Musician,those guys are well versed in shipping overseas. OK,it'll cost more (duty & tax),but you'll get a good instrument that's been well set up. Nothing really worth having comes cheap (unless you're VERY fortunate).I'd save up the extra cash & get as good an instrument as you can afford.Buy from a reputable dealer & you'll get good service & after sales back-up,
PS - Give my regards to Ozz. I've got many friends who live 'down under'.
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