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quality starter mandolin?

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Greetings. Not sure this is the right part of the forum, but I'm interested in learning to play mandolin. I would appreciate any thoughts on a quality instrument to buy that isn't a huge investment. I'd like to buy something around $500, but could go higher if the tone or playability was truly much better. Thanks.

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Not much shakin' mandolinwise here at the gibson forum. Try mandolincafe.com. It's supported in part by Gibson and the mandoliners are thicker'n bugs on a bumper in June.

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Johnson mandolins. Made in China but the one I have has a solid carved top, and back, excellent sound and only cost me $80. Check them out.

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I have been playing the mandolin most of my life. I have an old Gibson in new condition, I love it. The price realy went up from 1933 when my dad got it, now I would be in the $ 500.00 price range. Many people make nice mandolins for that price range. M. Kelly is one of the better ones. I like the F style vs the A style because it looks better. The higher tones are not as clear on the A.

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Michael Kelly makes decent mandolins for the money. Ovation too. $500 will go far for a good mandolin. Stay away from the low end Ibanez. Every one I have ever touched was very poor quality.

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I like the sound of the Kentucky mandolin's my uncle has Top of the line Gibson and A Walker, and a Kentucky and that one sounds really good to me and he likes and plays it often when performing!!! And they are some about that price range!!!

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Go a little higher in price and get a older A 1 style Gibson... why buy a Cheap brand when a Good one isnt that far away...?...

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