Okay, it's been a long and horrible winter with no relief in sight, but what gives with all this negativity on the board lately? I am getting so sick of reading threads like" My mandolin is better than yours." This stuff can really get nasty! Geez, I am just trying to become proficient at my instrument and work very hard in doing so. It's a real downer coming home every night and reading some of the crap that is posted. I think the last great thread I read was one about crosspicking because it helped me. Thanks to all who posted there. I would love to see a technical questions section so I don't need to weed through all of the testosterone filled BS to get to the important stuff. It's really all about playing isn't it? Let me know your thoughts.