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Old 03-01-2021, 07:05 PM
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I recently bought a mandolin..a beat up Weber. At first the neck felt thin, tuning was frustrating and endless, my hands did not know where to go etc etc. BUT I am loving this bitty thing now. I love learning on it. I enjoy the process. I am smitten.

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Old 03-01-2021, 07:14 PM
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I recently bought a mandolin..a beat up Weber. At first the neck felt thin, tuning was frustrating and endless, my hands did not know where to go etc etc. BUT I am loving this bitty thing now. I love learning on it. I enjoy the process. I am smitten.

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Old 03-01-2021, 07:23 PM
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I recently bought a mandolin..

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You : I bought a Mandolin. I'm a bad boy...

Me : Hold my Beer! (as I go through the emporium looking for a deal on a used Strat even though I haven't managed to bond with one for 30 years...)

Mandolins are awesome. They're portable, and you can find music ranging from classical to modern. You're a good boy... A very good boy indeed! You can skip straight to pudding without eating the meat.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:25 PM
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I forgive you. It’s not like you did something really awful like start playing a banjo or heaven forbid an accordion.

I play banjo and my wife hates it.
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I want a mandolin so bad, but I fear my giant samsquantch hands will have a difficult time.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:38 AM
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I'm having fun with my new (first) mandolin too. My wife got it for me for my 65th. My biggest challenge so far is to stop holding it like my guitars.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:53 AM
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Our fellow musician friend (who we play bluegrass with) plays a Weber. They are great mandos. Keep enjoying it.
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I want a mandolin so bad, but I fear my giant samsquantch hands will have a difficult time.
Look for a used Breedlove Crossover. These mandolins have a wider nut than the typical ones and make the transition from guitar a little easier. I picked one up a few years ago for ~$200.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:55 PM
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Interesting, I will definitely have to check them out.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:23 PM
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go my first mando at age 60.

it's not nearly as easy as the guys who can really play make it look...
had it setup, sounds great, but man it's a chore to play.. that neck is like non existent (eg: Narrow).

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Guess I'm a bad boy too.

Got my first mandolin a few weeks ago. An Eastman MD 505. Really digging it.

The diminutive size makes it a great travel instrument,

I find the tuning very intuitive and it's fairly easy to transcribe the basic versions of my fiddle tunes to the instrument.

The physical act of playing it does take a bit extra concentration. But that is actually helping me with my guitar playing.

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Guess I'm a bad boy too.

Got my first mandolin a few weeks ago. An Eastman MD 505. Really digging it.

The diminutive size makes it a great travel instrument,

I find the tuning very intuitive and it's fairly easy to transcribe the basic versions of my fiddle tunes to the instrument.

The physical act of playing it does take a bit extra concentration. But that is actually helping me with my guitar playing.

D

I bought an Eastman MD 505 in January. Loving it. I have been taking weekly Zoom classes via The Louisville Folk School. I have completed the first and second sets. They are enrolling spring classes now.

https://louisvillefolkschool.org/col...ndolin-classes
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I'm five years in. I thought, small hands will be a real asset on mandolin. Wrong. I've spent months on stretching exercises to do what average hand just fall into. Those having issues with the narrow neck. Be sure you are both arching your fingers to fret more on your finger tips than you would on guitar, and hold your mandolin under your chin like it was a violin. Notice how your fingers are angled across the strings much more than on guitar. Mandolin is not a small upside down guitar. There are beginner videos on mandolessons.com, mike Marshall has some basic beginner videos, and there are many others. Only one of the two strings hit my guitar callouses. I had to play sore fingers for a while.

As far as cost, bring you wallet, and make it fat. Eastman makes a good budget mandolin, but if you buy one, don't pick up a Collings, Northfield, or Gibson, and please, beware the F style. The buy in is $3K for a very bang for the buck F 5S and $5K for the cheap Collings and Gibson, and add five hundred to that. A styles of a high quality can be had for around $1200-1500. Used Collings MTs are around $2000+.Check out Weber Galatins, Ratliff, and Silverangel for quality at decent prices. The Kentucky master series (KM 1000 and above) are quite nice but not up to Northfield IMHO.
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Mandola.


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