Re: Advice for someone looking to upgrade
You can sometimes find a used Breedlove OF for 700-800. They have a substantial neck and a comfortable radius. They meet your USA criteria. I prefer my Eastman mandolins with a more pronounced V and narrower neck. You can also find some vintage Martin cant tops in the 700 range. I think all three of those are good quality. The sound is up to you to decide. (You can get the Breedlove OF or OO f or oval hole), Eastman with F or oval hole, the Martins I'm talking about are all oval holed.
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