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  • The steamed and pressed top and back are far less expensive to manufacture than carving an F Style.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 16333
    Yes. That are a much sweeter sound than the f style - specially with that soundhole. 

    Why are they cheaper? The biggest market for mandolins is the US bluegrass scene, and they don't chop like the f hole styles.

    Are they any good? Yes, they can be excellent. Really excellent. Watch out for:

    - No truss rod on the early ones so watch for neck warp.
    - Look out for splitting and cracking.

    They go up in price depending on adornments - from A0 to A4. In my view the A1's are best bang for buck.


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 16333
    The steamed and pressed top and back are far less expensive to manufacture than carving an F Style.
    Some of the early As were carved the same. 
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 1345
    As said above, the main issue is neck warp or even worse, neck twist.
    *I no longer offer replacement speaker baffles*
    Rift Amplification
    Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    www.riftamps.co.uk

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  • Interesting, thanks for the info.
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