View Full Version : mando for about 3 grand

Apr-04-2004, 8:01pm
I am looking to buy a f sytle mando for around three grand, anyone have any good suggestions?

John Flynn
Apr-04-2004, 8:27pm
Collings MF.

Apr-04-2004, 8:34pm
perhaps someone knows of a new builder who is still resonable

Apr-04-2004, 8:45pm
You could ask Ben Wilcox (BRW Instruments) to build you one that was less fancy than his standard F, and you'd be very pleased with the result. His standard F is about $3500 currently, and is a bargain at that price. Ask him to price you one without a bound back and fingerboard.

I'm not sure you can get a Collings MF for $3k, but if you can that would also be a good choice.

Nick Triesch
Apr-04-2004, 10:17pm
You could look for a clean used yellowstone. Really a terrific mandolin. There is a nice one in the classified for under $3000.00. And it has tonebars to boot! With all the extra features it's a great deal. IMHO. Nick

Bobbie Dier
Apr-05-2004, 4:50am
I know where there is a nice Gibson F5G for sale for that price.

Apr-05-2004, 5:44am
don paine starts at $2500 for an F style mando.


jim simpson
Apr-05-2004, 7:01am
Would that F5G be at Elderly? I wonder if they would take my Yellowstone in on trade?

Steve L
Apr-05-2004, 7:20am
You might want to check out some of the builders from Eastern Europe. August Waters, a frequent poster here, is a dealer for some of those guys. Check out www.galleryofstrings.com. I think you could find yourself a very good instrument in that price point.

John Zimm
Apr-05-2004, 7:55am
Would that F5G be at Elderly? I wonder if they would take my Yellowstone in on trade?
I'll trade you your Yellowstone for an old Stella bowlback. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


Magnus Geijer
Apr-05-2004, 8:17am
A Silverangel (http://www.silverangelmandolins.com), of course.

Apr-05-2004, 8:40am
Krishot for $2,750 from Byron Berline.

August Watters
Apr-05-2004, 9:35am
Thanks, Steve, for mentioning me -- Both Capek and Janish have F5's under $3k. They're doing great work.

August Watters

Apr-05-2004, 10:05am

Sim Daley (http://www.simdaley.com)

Apr-05-2004, 10:11am
Skip Kelly builds really nice stuff. Josh Pinkham plays one of his F-5's. I had the chance to check it out. Killer!!

Apr-05-2004, 10:28am
" Rose " mandolin for quite a bit under $3 grand , but right up there with many of the good builders , also good enough for the player of the group " Nothing Fancy "

Apr-05-2004, 10:36am
"Don's F5's are powerful, muscular, ballsy, and very well made"

Uh...........That's certainly an anatomically correct kind of description..........Steven Stone, you taking notes?.........I'm sure our female members will find that...uh......interesting.

Apr-05-2004, 11:11am
Take a look at a Stiver.Flawless craftsmanship and LOUD!!!
They are generally brighter tonally than others.Lou is a great guy to work with also.Elderly is the distributor for new ones,you can find them used occasionally for around $3000.

Andrew Reckhart
Apr-05-2004, 11:14am
Get a Stiver, you can't go wrong. Even Niles said that he really liked every Stiver that he has ever played. I feel that the new ones are an exceptional value.

Apr-05-2004, 12:10pm
My Ratliff F was considerably less than 3 grand and worth every penny plus....Audey makes a fine mando. My 2cents...

Apr-05-2004, 12:18pm
Call Glen Cecil at 304-344-1967 in Charleston, W. Va.
He builds a great mandolin for around $2200. Hard to beat for the price and sound.

Apr-05-2004, 2:03pm
After looking at many many many (did I say many)different instruments, I chose a Ratliff f....As a matter of fact, mine will be here tomorrow. For the money and quality....I dont think you can beat Audey Ratliff.

Apr-05-2004, 2:16pm
Uh Kieth......Might wanna consider rewording that description to. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Apr-05-2004, 2:18pm
Top of the Line Sucek F5's are $1500. European Spruce, German Flame Maple, Radiused fingerboard w/Hard Shell case. Very nice mandolins.

Dennis Benjamin
Heritage Music/Pavel Sucek Distributor

Apr-05-2004, 3:19pm
Old Wave

Apr-05-2004, 3:54pm
Geez, Dale, I better stop writing these x-rated tonal descriptions. It's a good thing I didn't post about that sexy little blonde Collings A we talked about last week. I coulda been arrested!