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Oct 7, 2020 - 4:13:50 AM
7 posts since 10/7/2020

Hi all, I really hope you can help me.
My partner wants a mando so I want to get him one for Xmas - the only problem is that I know diddly squat about mandos other than they have strings!
All I can do is give you some examples of the music he likes and might want to play and hope for the best so here goes - he likes the following :
Kate Rushby,
Andy McKee,
Gillian Welch,
Gordon Giltrap,
The Levellers,
Show of hands,
Jacques Stotzem,
Jim moray,
Sarah McQuaid

I really hope this gives you all a good idea of what might suit him and thanks in advance ??

Oct 7, 2020 - 7:29:32 AM

168 posts since 9/20/2012

What is your budget?

Oct 9, 2020 - 11:36:27 AM



1016 posts since 1/3/2011

Yooper asks a good question. Even a low-end mando can deliver a lot of enjoyment with the right set up.

Feb 19, 2021 - 9:27 AM
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168 posts since 9/20/2012

Get the best mandolin you can afford. It will play easier and sound better, which will make you want to play. Learning to play an instrument involves a fair amount of frustration, which does not need to be compounded by an instrument that is hard to play and sounds crummy.
Buying used will allow you to get a better quality instrument for the same money. But buy from a reputable shop, or take someone along who knows mandolins. Get an A-style rather than an F-style; better to put money into quality construction than curly ornaments.
You can get a pretty decent instrument for $500 (Kentucky, Eastman). For $1000 or less you can get a really good instrument (vintage Gibson, vintage Martin A, A-style with very simple trim from Weber, for example). For $2000, especially on the used market, you can get a very good A-style. After that, the quality goes up slowly while price goes up fast, and you are mostly paying for ornaments and names (which I have done plenty of times).
Just my opinion.

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