Hey, new to the forums here, and fairly new to mando too! I've been playing for just a couple months, and love it. I've been a long time musician (20 years or so), and am relishing finally having the opportunity to pick up one of these.
Until now, I've been borrowing a friend's dad's crappy old mando, and it's just not cutting the mustard anymore...time to buy my own!
What should I get/look for? I'm willing to spend up to $1k, but preferably much less if I can get a very playable and rich sounding axe for it. I've been a multi instrumentalist my whole life, and I expect to add this instrument to my life-long collection. I like the aesthetic of the f-style, but am not sure what the tonal/player differences are in the different styles. I'd love to start shredding some bluegrass
Thoughts, tips, and advice?