I have recently caught the Mandolin bug and was wondering what the best instrument would be for a total beginner in Mandolin? This will be the first instrument I have ever attempted to try soo I am somewhat lost. My budget for now is right around 400 dollars and I would like the Mandolin to last a while and give off a good sound. I would mainly want to learn bluegrass as that is my genre of preference. I know some folks recommend F Style mandolins for bluegrass, but I've heard A-Styles with F-Holes are both cheaper and sometimes equal or better quality than the fancy F-Holes. I am also wondering what kind of reading material/DVDs/ or CDs I should purchase along with any other necessary equipement for a beginner.
Thank you all in advance for your expertise and advice.