What do you look for in a man.....dolin?
My dad has hinted at wanting to learn the mandolin, so I want to buy him one for Christmas. I’d like to make a transaction locally on a used one, so I’m looking at Craig’s List. Once I start looking seriously, I’ll have no idea how to assess an instrument.
My dad is a total beginner. He has some basic musical knowledge and would do best with a basic instrument (i.e. doesn’t need amp plug or anything—do they even make those for mandolins?).
What I’m wondering is if there is anything I should avoid when buying one. I also am unfamiliar with the instrument but I’ve played violin and guitar so I know about stringed instruments. I’d be able to assess if it goes out of tune easily, for example.
Are there various kinds and sizes? Does one country make them best?
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