Hello there, all you mandolin virtuosos! I'm really glad to be here, joining your community and reading your posts!
Just as a little introduction of myself, I'm a band director of 20 years, play piano, bass, most all wind instruments on a high school level, and my main instrument is percussion. But I just picked up mando about 2 months ago and I love it!
Sooo, I'm coming here to get some advice from you....THE PROS! I've been playing my mando at church now for about a month and a half (mostly lead stuff and countermelody stuff), but now I'm getting better on it and playing on a few more tunes. The problem is, with the band going 90-to-nothing, I'm putting a mic to my mando strings and playing really hard on it. I think it's almost time for an electric mando, and I only like the sound (so far as I've heard) of the Epiphone MM-50E. All the others sound like a guitar to me, not close enough to the acoustic sound for me. However, as I read on the forum here, a lot of the real mando players on here don't seem to favor the MM-50E.
What other acoustic/electric models should I be looking at? The Epiphone also has a nice price but if I'm going to invest, I might as well do it right!
Thanks ahead of time for your answer, and again, I'm VERY glad to be here, nice to meet you all!