I only held a mandolin for the 1st time, this week. I come from a fingerstyle guitar background, and I’m just getting into flatpicking the guitar, right now, also. The guitar’s coming along faster than I thought.
But, I also want a mandolin. Here’s what I DO know:
I want an F style. I understand the A’s might be a better value (from some background reading). That ma very well be true. But, I know what I like.
I can play the G, C, D open and the G closed chord. I wanted to make sure they were simple enough, before I got too far down the road. Successful test-drive.
Now…here’s what I DON’T know:
- What’s the best bang for my buck…with a tentative price cap of +/- $500?
I’ve heard the Eastman name thrown around quite a bit. I’ve heard the loar mentioned. Both are close to that price range, with the “intro” F-style Eastman’s “I” am finding pricing out around $650. Does this sound right?
Open to any and all suggestions. And, I appreciate your input.