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Old 01-03-2019, 03:49 AM
Howard Emerson Howard Emerson is offline
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If you can afford it I would seriously seek out a Martin A style mandolin.

Here in the US they routinely go for less than $1000, and you get a very rich sounding mandolin right off the bat. With the lower priced archtop mandolins it is a much higher price point to get something that even approaches what you hear good mandolin players recording with.

They're basically a flat top build that's bent at the bridge area a la the Selmer guitars. There's a technical term for that build that escapes me at the moment, but whatever......

Check out some Youtube recordings by search Martin A Style mandolin demo.

Yes, they do NOT have adjustable bridges or adjustable truss rods, so it's imperative to find one that has a straight neck. The action at the bridge can be fiddled with (pun intended), but I digress.....

Happy hunting & Happy New Year!

Howard Emerson
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