I'm lucky enough to own a very fine F hole (F style) and a very fine oval hole. I would sell the oval hole way before the F hole. F hole mandolins are more versatile in my opinion.
That said don't even bother with an F style (meaning with the scroll) unless you want to spend money on looks.
An A style F hole like an MT-2 used would be your best bet . As someone mentioned loads of good used ones at great prices. I once owned an MT-2H and ended up selling it for dirt cheap...it's a buyers market especially now. Also I would suggest a standard width neck; you won't notice much of a difference but you'll have a better resale value down the road if you decide to sell.
To the OP, go to the classifieds right now. Maplebaby has just what you need at a killer price. It will do anything you want and more as a starter and a keeper.
A few too many !
Yes what Rick said. That's a great looking mando and it's all you'll ever need. Unless you eventually buy it a friend.
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2003 MF5 and 2009 MT-Oval. 2006 C10 Maple Custom, 2010 C10 MHSS Custom, 2008 AT-16 Archtop, 2011 01GSB.
Looking for 50s thru 70s 45 RPM records.
Maplebaby's MT is the one. It already has the $150 plus shipping optional pickguard on it. I own one of Mapebaby's former mandos. He's a great guy to do business with. Dan
Original poster is no longer in the mandolin market, I have learned through a PM.
Well.... thanks for all the advice. I couldnt resist a used MF I located thru Mandolin Cafe... hand delivered today and it's absolutely beautiful. It's the Tobacco SB with Ivoroid binding. Serial #774. Anyone know how old this would make it? I've been noodling all day. Wonderful. Certainly way more than I need or deserve, but it sure is inspiring.
I'll upload pics tomorrow
Collings OM2H ('01)
Gibson LG-0 '(58)
Martin 00-28 ('67)
Gibson Southern Jumbo ( woody guthrie
Martin 0-18 ('38)
Collings Baby 2H
Collings 01 SB
Collings 03 12 string
and the pics of the newest addition....
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Yum-Yum Oh, that looks delicious Good on ya!
Looks amazing. Thanks for the pic...
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