mandolin shopping tips
So I’ve been using my ancient, fret-worn beetle back mando to pick out tunes (for the fiddle) a lot lately and I’m starting to really like the sound of the mando itself as more than a step on my fiddling journey.
This puts me in the market for a new mandolin - mine is A) battered, and B) difficult to play due to the un-ergonomic nature of the beetle back design. I know nothing about mandolins, though. Anyone have any tips on what to watch out for, what some reputable but affordable brands might be?
I’ve noticed there are quite a few completely different body shapes and am curious to know if certain designs are intended for certain styles. I want to spend about 500 bucks (CAD). Suggestions? (C’mon, Will, you play mando, doncha?)