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I've been working very hard at chording on my mandolin of late (something I've neglected so far) and am starting to think about how nice a lower registered instrument would sound. As I have been working my way back through the CBOM forums it appears that the Trinity College line has a decent reputation over say Gold Tone or other entry level OMs, so I am starting a not so vigorous search for a used one to give it a go. Are there others I should consider? Are there especially important threads to read up on.
I am somewhat hesitant because part of me thinks I should really just focus on the mandolin for a few more years (especially since I am making good progress right now) but another part of me can't stop thinking about the rapidly increasing PayPal account...
"...while a great mandolin is a wonderful treat, I would venture to say that there is always more each of us can do with the tools we have available at hand. The biggest limiting factors belong to us not the instruments." Paul Glasse
Stumbling Towards Competence
Re: OMAS starting
I was similarly situated a little while ago: intrigued by the octave, but thinking I should concentrate on mandolin . . . then came the proverbial "offer I couldn't refuse" on a used Trinity College OM. I'm enjoying it very much, and actually find that practicing the OM seems to have improved my left-hand technique on the mandolin as well. I think the TC is a fine starter instrument, might be all the OM I need for a long time. Good luck!