Just purchased a new Boat Paddle mandolin. It's a handmade mandolin made by Boat Paddle Ukuleles located in New Haven, Missouri. It features a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides. It's also strung with Aquila Nygut (nylon) strings. It's a very mellow sounding mandolin and very easy to play. I always wanted to learn how to play the mandolin but was turned off by the small nut width and high steel string setups. This thing is a dream to hear and play. An ideal beginners mandolin.