Argh!!! Why is it that mandolins at the store sound better and play easier than the one you have at home? Or a friend's instrument sets you off on a frenzy of string upgrades, setup tweaks? Is it just that we get used to the familiar, and know every flaw of our own babies?
Okay, so I went to the local store for the first time to pluck around, they had a Mid-Mo (not violin scale). It seemed small to me and hardly believable that it is not violin scale. That one was okay, and not immediately causing MAS attack since Mike is going to mail me a demo violin scale model. And I played a bunch of Webers, wow, it's big and heavy, okay, so far so good... The Collins MT didn't wow me too much, and the Kentuckys were no problemo. But then there were three Breedloves. First of all, they look cool, and they feel cool, all satiny and none of the gloss and flashy ivoroid bindings. But it's not the looks, it's the playability. All of a sudden tremelos were easy, fretting is easier (I think it's because the frets are pointy on top), and the tone was just wonderful and full, not as bright and thin as my mandolin. They had an Eastman 805D exactly like mine so I was able to confirm that the sound was very similar. But most of all, it's the feel. I need to fret and pick harder on the Eastman. Okay, so I ran out of the store after buying the pick that the guy had me try and put some distance as quickly as possible.
Someone help me before I get a MAS attack!