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Vintage  VFM500 Mandolin Reviews

Submitted by cockneybanjo (see all reviews from this person) on 1/9/2011

Where Purchased: private trade

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


reasonably clear tone and volume

Sound Rating: 6


hadn't been particularly well cared for by previous owner - adjusted action and changed a couple of strings

Setup Rating: 6


no inlays, dark brown sunburst pattern and gold-coloured hardware. No visible wear and tear apart

Appearance Rating: 7


hard to say at such short acquaintance but no visible wear and tear apart from mismatched strings

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

no idea

Customer Service: not rated


no standout components, no obvious weak spots

laminated spruce top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

generally a reasonable beginners' instrument, sells around the UK at the sort of price you'd expect. Probably the same instrument sold under the Ozark, Ashbury and Tanglewood brands.

Overall Rating: 7

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