Re: What make of Mandolin & who cares ?.
The more I play, the more it seems to me to be about the connection one has with one's instruments. I've owned expensive instruments that I've sold on because I didn't develop a "bond" with them as I'd expected and cheaper ones that I will always keep. As my tastes have developed, I appreciate different things now. For instance, last week I was comparing three Gibson A models side-by-side, both playing them myself and hearing them played by someone else opposite me with a view to perhaps buying one of them. The one that "spoke to me" most strongly by a long way was the cheaper "lower" model of the three. In performing, I often find that someone will say "I liked the sound that mandolin has" but haven't a clue or any interest in what it is if they aren't a mandolin player themselves. Certainly, I have no interest in what might be called a "holy grail" instrument, but rather in one that I can really appreciate personally.
Gary Nava 2-point
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