Hi! #I've been lurking on this part of the cafe for the past couple of months as I was gearing up to make my octave mando purchase. #It's been very helpful! #Anyway, I got a Weber Bridger from Mandolin Brothers, in spite of the one thread here on the topic - I really want to do my part to support Weber's success and I like their reputation...and I've really enjoyed my Absaroka! ##Action and intonation seems good once the strings settled down in tune. #I really like that sound and it's plenty loud for me.
So - about me - been playing the mando for a year now, then became madly intrigued by the sound of the octave/bouzouki. #While I'm not yet up to session/jam speed, nor am I much of an improvisor, I think I've come a long way in a year. #This site and carrying over the discipline from years of studying the piano have helped. #I started playing bluegrass/old time and some celtic, but then under the influence of my mando teacher really started to get into celtic as well as the contra-dance repertoire. #Perhaps in a couple of years, (with the help of the metronome) I'll break the speed barrier and be able to approach what the jammers and sessioneers are doing! #I'm not a spring chicken BTW - 47 years old - so I have to take the slow road and work in practice when I can, but I can usually manage at least an hour per day.
Anyway, so far have spent a couple of hours with my Bridger and was thrilled to see how quickly the tunes I already have down on the mando came to me on the octave. #Yes, there are adjustments but so far all manageable. #I'm hoping that the work out my pinky gets now, and the need to shift more will improve my regular mandolin skills as well!
I have John McGann's Octave Mando book - it's cool to see the accompanying line written out and to hear it! #Also, I'm enjoying seeing the ornaments spelled out as well (that's my next frontier - getting beyond simple hammer-on's pull-offs).
Just think - one day you might see me frolicking on the set of Celtic Woman, tripping that fiddle-playing chick and kicking up my own heels! ## Send your money into PBS now if you like this program!