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 #69376  by deadbearbobby
 Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:37 pm
hi guys,
i was just wondering what the most anyone would for a hand made mandolin or dulcimer?
would anyone ever by an electric dulcimer? i found some websites with really expensive custom bluegrass instruments, like $3000!
 #69379  by mijknahs
 Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:53 pm
Depends on how "into it" you are.

If I was really pursuing music on the mandolin (in a band, playing for some years, etc.), I'd probably be looking to buy a "very good" instrument in the $1200-$1500 range (used). That's just what a good instrument goes for used. My banjo was $1750 used. New, it would have been $2500.

It's like buying a good Martin guitar.

That being said, you could probably get away with a used decent/good instrument $750-$1000 (decent tone, good playability).
 #69386  by jackr
 Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:38 pm
I sold a custom shop mandolin about a month ago (new) for more than $2K. Retail was over $3K.

It all depends on some ones needs and budget. Most of the time you do get what you pay for. A really fine quality American made instrument is going to cost you but it will be worth it and last a lifetime.