It may safely be assumed that those of us here at the Cafe have a genuine love for the mandolin, though admittedly not everyone does (as most of us can vouch from personal experience). We all have our respective likes and dislikes, and it's what makes the world an interesting place.
But as lovers of the mandolin, what instrusments do you genuinely despise? What so assaults your auditory senses that it tempts you to vandalism each time you hear it, and why? (No flames, please, since we're each entitled to our own opinions.)
I guess I should get the ball rolling on this. Here are my top three choices for instrustments from purgatory:
#1. The sitar. Perhaps it goes to my dislike of hearing people whine, and this is one of the whiningest instruments I've ever heard. Even the bladderpipe doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity. Each time I hear a sitar I feel like swatting at the air as it reminds me more of a mosquito-infested room than anything musical.
#2. The banjo. Sorry to disappoint many at the Cafe, but while I love the mandolin I simply cannot stand a banjo. I think the main reason is that it has only one dynamic, ff (which stands for "#######' fortissimo").
#3. The Ondes Martenot. Okay, I'm an acoustic kind of guy, and I'm a little down on electronic sounds anyway, but whenever I hear an Ondes Martenot I start looking for little green men. Even Olivier Messiaen, who used it as effectively as any composer I've yet heard, would have done well in my opinion to have married a harpsichordist or -- dare I say? -- an accordianist than the world's leading Ondes Martenot player.
Okay, so what instruments would you use on your next outdoor barbeque? Take no offense, please, if someone hates the most cherished object of your affection. (I write operas, so I'm used to seeing some of my beloved things on many people's hate lists.) But it would be curious to know not only what we all like, but what we particularly dislike when listening to music.