Strumming into the World of Mandolins: Discovering Bryden's Affordable Range for Beginners
If you're looking to learn how to play the mandolin, you'll want to choose an instrument that suits your needs and budget. At Melbourne Music Centre, we carry a range of Bryden mandolins, starting at $169.99 for a model with a basswood top and going up to $429.99 for an F-style mandolin with a spruce top. In this guide, we'll explore the key factors to consider when choosing a beginner mandolin, and offer some recommendations based on our Bryden mandolin range.

Body Style and Size
The first factor to consider when choosing a beginner mandolin is the body style and size. Bryden mandolins are available in two main body styles: A-style and F-style. A-style mandolins have a simpler, teardrop-shaped body, while F-style mandolins have a more elaborate body design with a scroll on the upper bout. When it comes to size, it's important to choose an instrument that feels comfortable for you to hold and play, so we recommend trying out different models in our store.

Wood Quality
The quality of the wood used to make the mandolin is another important consideration. Bryden mandolins are made with quality tonewoods that produce a resonant, balanced sound. The top (or soundboard) of the mandolin is the most critical part of the instrument for sound quality, so it's worth investing in a mandolin with a solid wood top if possible. The Bryden mandolins in our range feature basswood, spruce, or mahogany tops depending on the model.

Price Range
As mentioned, our Bryden mandolin range starts at $169.99 and goes up to $429.99. While it can be tempting to go for the cheapest option, keep in mind that a low-quality instrument may be frustrating to play and could hinder your progress. We recommend aiming for a mid-range option such as the Bryden A-style mandolin with a Mahogany top ($219.99) or the Bryden F-style mandolin with a Spruce top ($429.99). These models offer good sound quality and playability for the price.

Set-Up Quality
At Melbourne Music Centre, we take pride in ensuring that our Bryden mandolins are set up to provide good action and playability. Our experienced technicians adjust the bridge, nut, and strings to make sure that the instrument is comfortable to play and produces a good tone. This is an important factor to consider when purchasing a beginner mandolin, as a poorly set-up instrument can be frustrating and discouraging to play.

In conclusion, choosing a beginner mandolin from our Bryden range requires consideration of factors such as body style, wood quality, price range, and set-up quality. By trying out different models and consulting with our staff, you can find a Bryden mandolin that suits your needs and allows you to start playing mandolin with confidence.