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    Default Alvarez A800

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    I think this a beautiful mandolin and I love the inlays on the neck and head. However from what Iíve researched $750 is a bit much isnít it? But thatís based largely on what people on here have said in past threads. On the other hand the only other vintage Alvarez Iíve seen recently was going for 600 so maybe it isnít that over priced.

    Let me know what you think; worth it or nah?

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    I had one in perfect condition that I sold for $600. This was pretty much the top price I expected to get. Mine was an early to mid 70's instrument. I sold it and bought a Kentucky 956, which is an excellent bluegrass mandolin but it is an A model.

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    I'd not spend that much money on an Alvarez. The first mandolin I ever played was an Alvarez, and they can be nice, but there are better options IMO. For the same money you have a lot of options with Kentucky, Eastman, and even Big Muddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    I'd not spend that much money on an Alvarez. The first mandolin I ever played was an Alvarez, and they can be nice, but there are better options IMO. For the same money you have a lot of options with Kentucky, Eastman, and even Big Muddy.
    I agree with all of this. Good advice.
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    I love mine but, I’d not go that high any more. Lots of options that were not available 40+ years ago
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    Those MIJ axes can be sleepers, but at that point you are close to a new Eastman 515 with a lifetime warranty.

    It was a no brainer for me. I was looking at vintage MIJ axes and grooving on what the options were. I expanded my vision and ended up with a new 515 from TMS for nicely under a grand on sale. I'll never have to worry about a popped brace, bad tuners, etc. long as I own the axe. Either warranty or typical MTBF will cover it. That same confidence is missing in a vintage purchase and unless its for a collection and not being played, why worry?
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    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I know I could certainly get a better mando for the money, but like I said I really like the inlay on this one. But not enough to over pay by a couple hundred bucks.

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    I thought guitars were “Axes”
    Mandolins more like “Hatchets”
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandos&turtles View Post
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    I think this a beautiful mandolin and I love the inlays on the neck and head. However from what Iíve researched $750 is a bit much isnít it? But thatís based largely on what people on here have said in past threads. On the other hand the only other vintage Alvarez Iíve seen recently was going for 600 so maybe it isnít that over priced.

    Let me know what you think; worth it or nah?
    There are 26 people watching that, if it's the same one I'm seeing. That is an unusual number of watchers for any mandolin at Reverb. 10-12 is an awful lot. 5 or 6 is normal for a decent buy. I don't understand 26 people watching one of these at all? They just put it on a 15% off sale. NFI
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandos&turtles View Post
    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I know I could certainly get a better mando for the money, but like I said I really like the inlay on this one. But not enough to over pay by a couple hundred bucks.
    I'm a sucker for block inlays myself. You might check out Kentucky 805 or even better the Eastman 615 now comes with inlays.

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