I know nothing about mandolins and would like get one pretty soon. I need a good cheap-ish starter mandolin, suggestions?
erm, i can/could play a D on one but can't help you much, sry
I've got the cheapest mandolin that fender makes and I've been quite happy with it for the last 5 years. It's got a solid top (not sure about the back and sides) and it stays in tune. It doesn't give you the projection of an F style mandolin, but for a F style you pay a lot more.