Re: Tacoma mandolins
Sorry you took others' comments so personally and seriously, that it impacted your choice of instrument and music. Hard to believe that you'd stop playing an instrument you really loved, because some people you don't even know personally didn't respect Tacoma mandolins the way you did. I've only played Tacomas at a dealer's shop a time or two, and they didn't "float my boat," but I'd never put someone down for liking or playing one.
Originally Posted by rpolf
Also, I've seen a fair amount of "nameplate snobbery" among guitarists as well, since I walked into bluegrass jams with a Guild D-40 "back in the day." See, it wasn't a Martin D-28, so obviously I didn't know squat about bluegrass. People of that ilk can be found in the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and probably bassoon worlds. But if I like the instrument, and it does the job for me, who cares if it's not the Generally Accepted Standard.
Hope you and your Tacoma will be back playing together again...
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