I am a newbie not only here but to the mandolin as well.I already play guitar and have been a metal guitarist for about 20 years so my hands are pretty fast(lol) and at this stage in my life now that I am too old for rock and rool as the kids say, im ready to get back to the music i remember my grandaddy playing . I hope I will pick up mandolin pretty quickly because I think a lot will transfer over (sweep picking, string skipping, arpeggios, hammer ons, trills and modal theory etc..) I already own a cheap "bean blossom" a-style mandolin. I am looking to upgrade my mandolin for a decent f-model and taking lessons. what is a good f-style mandolin that wont break the bank I am looking to spend about 400-600. For the money which is a better mando:a Kentucky, Epiphone, Dean, Fender, or Washburn? any help would be greatly appreciated.