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89 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments
Year Purchased: 1994
Price Paid: 1200. ($US) (bought USED)
This is a loud, woody, dark, but not a tubby sounding mandolin. Full like a good Cabernet!
Sound Rating: 9
No set up required. It BLEW AWAY the more expensive mandolins on the wall at Elderly Instruments....The salesman kept saying "have you tried the Stiver yet?" When I did, there was no comparison to the others...Cannon!
Setup Rating: not rated
It has a dark brown finish..Nice and plain.
Appearance Rating: 9
It is my standard axe, wouldn't use anything else on a gig.
Reliability Rating: 10
No probs for years.
Customer Service: 10
Components Rating: 10
Stiver is one of the BEST Mandolins, if you ever get a chance to buy one....DO IT!!!!!
Overall Rating: 10
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