Re: Breedlove VS. higher end Pac-Rim imports.
The few Breedloves that I have been able to play had a very distinctive sound, similar across several models. To me they sounded... "Ovation-y" for a mandolin. They were all in one shop, and it's possible that they had been set up in a very odd way. My point is that you might try playing something else in a similar price range and see what you think.
1918 Gibson A, "Lillian";
1940s (?) Kay A style f hole - currently down for a refret and fretboard re-profile, my first attempts (with guidance) at lutherie.
1981 Washburn M7SN (2 point);
2011 Eastman 504, "Belle";
2012 Lafferty mahogany octave mandolin;
2012 Emando (Saga), "Hank"
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