Hi, I'm french and I play mandolin for a few years now on an Epiphone MM-30. It was a good mandolin for beginning but I want to buy another one with solid top, back and sides. I've seen two models and I really hesistate between these two : the Loar 220VS (solid spruce) and the Gretsch G9310 (all solid mahogany). Unforntunately they are no feedbacks on those on the web and I can't make my mind on them. What do you think ? I play alone and I most play traditionnal Irish music (jigs, reels, etc...). Thank you for your help and I know that they are good brands to buy but you know, in France there is no choice in mandolin brands.