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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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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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