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    I'm looking for some cheap advice on what to buy. I'm an intermediate and have been playing for a few years but still play a Korean-made beginner model. I mostly play old-time, bluegrass and a little bit of Irish stuff.

    I'd like to drop $1000-$1500 on a new instrument and will definitely consider buying used. Any advice? Thanks!

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    Registered User peterleyenaar's Avatar
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    May 2003
    Kimberley B.C. Canada


    A Weber Absoroka is in that price range and is a real nice mandolin,
    btw, this is not cheap advise, it cost me a fair bit of money, buying and selling mandolins,also known as M.A.S.:-)

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    I love my Rigel A+ Deluxe, which you should be able to find for under $1500 used. There's also a Rigel A Natural that's cheaper but I've never played one. I often hang out at Gryphon's in Palo Alto and try some different mandolins. The low end Breedlove's are in your price range and sound and look terrific. They also have a Lebeda A style in that price range that's a marvelous instrument.
    Obsessed with four strings...

    Alan Duncan

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    I love my Flatiron F5 and my A9. I think the A9 is the better value. Look at the flame on this beauty and she plays as nice too.

    Gibson A9
    Eastman 804D two point, blonde

    Nothing is fool proof for a talented fool

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    Registered User John Flynn's Avatar
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    Richmond, VA


    I will second the Rigel recomendation. I love mine and I play a wide variety of music on it. I still have never found an instrument in its price range I would trade it for. It has exceptional playability, great volume, good tone and it is really well made in all respects.

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