I'm working on an all acoustic CD for my wife. I had a thought of getting my hands on a mandolin and learning some easy chords to add some cool subtle accents to some of the songs. The thing is, I don't really want to drop a lot of money to buy a nice one and never really play it that much after the cd is done. The guitar keeps me busy enough already. I've seen some cheapo ones on musicians friend (75 - 150 bucks) and I wonder if they would sound somewhat decent at all for a home recording setup. It doesn't need to sound professional, but I don't want something that sounds like a toy or like crap either. Would I be wasting my money or are mandolins in that price range worth having around for that type of use?