Well, I finally made it to Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island. I spent a little over an hour all by myself playing around with a veriable plethora of plectrum pleasures. I learned so much from that visit. I went in lookin for an inexpensive (under 1,000 and 1,500 absolute tops) A style to suppliment my F-5 Newson. I learned that contrary to my doubts the shorter scale length of the vintage Gibson A's didn't really bother me at all. In fact it made some chord forms easier. I also learned that I didn't like the club like feel of the fatter necks on the vintage A's. So, mark them off the list. I learned that some of those funny looking mandolins like the Phoenix and he Rigel, really do sound GOOD! I liked the Weber Absoroka, but at that price I didn'tlike it THAT much. The Phoenix Bluegrass which I really liked is now ON the list. I learned that what my ears want to hear costs around 2 1/2 kilobucks and it doesn't much matter if it is A style or F style. So, MAS is in remission until I can save up another $1000. But DANG that was fun! It was even worth the $35.00 parking ticket I got or forgeting to add money to the meter. I plan on going back soon or another ticket.
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