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    We have a member that is looking for a left-handed mandolin. Has anyone got a source other than the two in the Classifieds? Any stores in your area with one in stock?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Five at the Mandolin Store, currently in Arizona but moving the Nashville very soon:

    https://themandolinstore.com/product...and-mandolins/
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    How kind of you to do the leg work for someone!
    What a nice guy!
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    Here's one at Avenue Guitars. A nice looking Northfield.

    https://www.avenueguitars.com/collec...5s-left-handed
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    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

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    Jerrys lefty guitar sells mandos...scroll about 1/2 down this page for the mando info...

    https://www.jerrysleftyguitars.com/l...directory.html
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    I've had a lefty made for several years now, listed on Café a couple of times, and have had no interest at all.....
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    I certainly appreciate the help folks. My goal is try actually try the mandolin before buying it, which seems to be common advice given here. My challenge is that most of these mandolins are halfway across the country from where I’m located in Birmingham, AL. I drove to 3 hours to Nashville to try the only two left handed mandolins in all the music shops of Nashville. I tried the three Eastmans that were at Corner music. The 305, 505, and 403? I didn’t fall in love with any that I played today. I’ve got my heart set on an F style model. Do I just need to order online and hope for the best that I like the one I get? Thanks again for the help

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    Hiya lefty, it is hard to find decent mandos period and then to find some left handed ones...well, you know thats very hard. You didn't mention what your budget is but id say if you go with a nice kinda entry level mando - I have an Eastman 315 and I still have it, it is a nice mando for the price and if I want to sell it I wont be losing too much money. You can read many threads and hopefully others may chime here in about the Kentucky’s, Loars, and other entry level price point mandos that are very good.

    Call some of the stores - many are cafe sponsors - and ask about an approval period...you may end up having to spring for shipping but thats not a huge expense and youll get to sample some mandos.

    Good luck, don't hesitate to ask ques here its a great group of folks with a wealth of knowledge they are willing to share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty1212 View Post
    I’ve got my heart set on an F style model. Do I just need to order online and hope for the best that I like the one I get? Thanks again for the help
    Lefty F-styles are rare to begin with and particularly so in your stated ~$1500 price range. The best I’ve seen is probably 650 miles away:

    https://www.jerrysleftyguitars.com/l...relic-man.html

    I think you’d be better served pursuing one of the several used MT’s upthread in the ~$2100 range if feasible, getting increased “value” if you will from an A-style that has depreciated as well as the confidence of Collings’ consistency when buying at a distance:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/149918#149918

    https://reverb.com/item/31504854-col...ft-handed-2018

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/147829#147829

    But I well understand that the heart wants what the heart wants. If the heart gets what the heart wants, then this one is a good buy in a luthier-built instrument:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/150628#150628

    Just negotiate an approval period into anything that you order online.
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    I know this is an A and it’s way over budget, but it sure is nice.
    https://vintage-instruments.com/shop...mandolin-1995/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty1212 View Post
    ...I didn’t fall in love with any that I played today. I’ve got my heart set on an F style model...
    If you have to have a "lefty" F-model, you may have to settle for falling in "intense like" rather than love. A-models can be easily converted to left-handed playing, but the asymmetric F-model, not so much. Your pickin's will be slimmer...
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    Wow, is that a lefty-case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    We have a member that is looking for a left-handed mandolin. Has anyone got a source other than the two in the Classifieds? Any stores in your area with one in stock?
    I recommend the Mandolin Store www.themandolinstore.com

    They always have some leftys in stock. I bought my Eastman MD505 L there.

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