Superior Fretwork and Playability
I gave this mandolin a 5 based on how it compares to others in its price range. I've tried several mandolins in this price range and this one blows all of those away. So many of the cheaper A style mandolins have uneven frets which make it comfortable action a near impossibility. This New Yorker plays clearly on all frets and has very comfortable action. It has a better tone than it's price equivalents, just don't expect it to sound like an American made F style.
I would highly recommend this to beginners and students, as well as guitarists or other musicians who want a mandolin to play but can shell out the big money for a high quality instrument. For the money you can't beat it.