In guitar flatpicking it's pretty much established that you want to pick at the very bottom of the soundhole (maybe even lower) for the best tone. #Is there an established sweet spot for mandolin picking?
Personally, I really like the sound I get picking directly over the last few frets on the fretboard. #The only problem is the clicky clacky I get from hitting the frets. I'm almost considering removing those frets and maybe even scooping out the fretboard a bit to give my pick some room.
I'm not sure about this, however, because while this position sounds best when I'm just playing by myself, it may not cut as well when playing with others. #Back to the guitar, it actually sounds better playing directly over the soundhole if you're playing solo, but you need to go south a bit when playing with others to get that "cut".
sorry for rambling.....