I’ve played a few Breedlove guitars and perhaps a mandolin, and they seem to be pretty solid builds. Ultimately, though, Breedlove is a guitar company that began making mandolins. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to lean toward a more traditional mandolin design/tone and builders that have been at it for a long while. And, you can get into some good ones for the same price range. I recommend, for that price range, looking at Eastman or Kentucky mandolins…they are just about impossible to beat in that range.
If you do decide to go the traditional bluegrass route, check out my store and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll make sure you get the best price/service you can find.