Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 41

Thread: Ugh. It happened.

  1. #1

    Default Ugh. It happened.

    I've turned into a mando slut.

    After years happily playing guitar, I bought a fifty-dollar Fender mandolin on impulse three or four years ago. Sold that, got two more - a Mid-Missouri and a Red Line - and still can't let a day go by without browsing the classifieds here.

    Can't say you didn't warn me. Thought I'd be content with one, but you all knew better. An old Gibson oval? A reso? What else do I need? Better check the classifieds again . . . .

    Is there a cure? I hope not! If I'd know how much fun the dern things could be, I'd've fallen into the deep end years ago!

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Charlie Bernstein For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Mandolin user MontanaMatt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Bozeman, MT
    Posts
    808

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    No mando slut shame from this crowd! Your secrets are safe with us
    2007 Weber Custom Elite "old wood"
    2017 Ratliff R5 Custom #1148
    Several nice old Fiddles
    2007 Martin 000-15S 12 fret Auditorium-slot head
    Deering Classic Open Back
    Too many microphones

  4. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MontanaMatt For This Useful Post:


  5. #3

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    A "major purchase" for a mandolin person is a "minor tune-up" for a boat person... carry on.

  6. The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to Marty Jacobson For This Useful Post:


  7. #4
    Registered User Timbofood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Kalamazoo, MI.
    Posts
    6,997

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Someone once told me the two best days in a boat owners life..

    “The day he buys it and, the day he sells it!” And she was a serious boat person!
    Timothy F. Lewis
    "If brains was lard, that boy couldn't grease a very big skillet" J.D. Clampett

  8. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Timbofood For This Useful Post:


  9. #5
    Still Picking and Sawing Jack Roberts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    sigmaX>=hbar/2sigmaP
    Posts
    1,666

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    I avoid alcohol, I eschew tobacco, I spurn porn, I don't even own a television. But I can't stay away from the mandolin Cafe Classifieds! (Even though I don't buy anything.)

    Be sure to support the Cafe!
    Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is,
    When time is broke and no proportion kept!
    --William Shakespeare

  10. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Jack Roberts For This Useful Post:


  11. #6

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    A "major purchase" for a mandolin person is a "minor tune-up" for a boat person... carry on.
    I'll try that one on my wife. She's getting too used to "At least it's not motorcycles."

  12. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Charlie Bernstein For This Useful Post:


  13. #7
    Dave Sheets
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Buffalo NY Area
    Posts
    298

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I'll try that one on my wife. She's getting too used to "At least it's not motorcycles."
    Well, at least she's never gonna get that phone call..."Ma'am, your husband has been in a serious mandolin accident...."
    -Dave
    Flatiron A
    Way too many other instruments

  14. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Dave Sheets For This Useful Post:


  15. #8

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Roberts View Post
    . . . Be sure to support the Cafe!
    Fer sher!

  16. The following members say thank you to Charlie Bernstein for this post:


  17. #9
    Registered User lflngpicker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    1,652
    Blog Entries
    6

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Great thread, Charlie and made me laugh. Well, I always try to justify my MAS by explaining to my wife that if I could still drive I would be buying old collectable cars to fix up and that would cost so much more!
    2017 Collings MT (Gloss Top, Wide Nut)
    1999 Ratliff R-5
    1913 Gibson A Oval
    1912 Gibson A Oval

  18. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to lflngpicker For This Useful Post:


  19. #10
    Loarcutus of MandoBorg DataNick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Fallbrook, CA
    Posts
    3,837

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Your cure, or at least treatment that will terminate the compelling need to acquire another one, is to step up and get a really good instrument.
    1994 Gibson F5L made by Bruce Weber's team


    "Mandolin brands are a guide, not gospel! I don't drink koolaid and that Emperor is naked!"
    "If you wanna get soul Baby, you gots to get the scroll..."
    "I would rather play music anyday for the beggar, the thief, and the fool!"
    "Perfection is not attainable; but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence" Vince Lombardi
    Playing Style: RockMonRoll Desperado Bluegrass Desperado YT Channel

  20. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to DataNick For This Useful Post:


  21. #11
    Still Picking and Sawing Jack Roberts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    sigmaX>=hbar/2sigmaP
    Posts
    1,666

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    I stopped buying after I bought a beautiful F4 years back. But that doesn't mean I don't lust after every quilted maple backside I see...
    Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is,
    When time is broke and no proportion kept!
    --William Shakespeare

  22. The following members say thank you to Jack Roberts for this post:


  23. #12

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by DataNick View Post
    Your cure, or at least treatment that will terminate the compelling need to acquire another one, is to step up and get a really good instrument.
    That's exactly what I thought.

    Live and learn!

    PS - Love your Vince Lombardi quote!

  24. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Charlie Bernstein For This Useful Post:


  25. #13
    Some Ability - No Talent MikeZito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    Connecticut, USA
    Posts
    1,418
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    As someone who has owned both top-of-the line mandolins, and junkers, I am not sure that MAS is easy to be cured of - especially for those of us who know that we have addictive personalities.

    Got a nice F-5, then how about an oval hole for variety? Got a good mandolin to gig with, how about one that you can take to picnics, camping or vacations without worry of damage? Got a nice acoustic, how about picking up an electric to experiment with? etc.

    As has been said many times before; as long as you can put a roof over your head, food on the table, and keep clothes on the family - why not responsibly indulge once in a while?

  26. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MikeZito For This Useful Post:


  27. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    4,881

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    I have owned more than one mandolin, boat and motorcycle and each time I got rid of anyone of them I had tears in my eyes, mostly when the boat was leaving my driveway... never bought another boat or motor cycle but do still look for bargains on mandolins...

    Willie

  28. The following members say thank you to Willie Poole for this post:


  29. #15
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester NY 14610
    Posts
    15,841

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Roberts View Post
    ...I eschew tobacco,...
    That "eschewing" 'backy will give ya mouth cancer, I've heard. Jus' a health tip...
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

  30. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to allenhopkins For This Useful Post:


  31. #16

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    That "eschewing" 'backy will give ya mouth cancer, I've heard. Jus' a health tip...
    If he eschews one more time I'm giving him my hanky.

  32. The following members say thank you to Charlie Bernstein for this post:


  33. #17
    Some Ability - No Talent MikeZito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    Connecticut, USA
    Posts
    1,418
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Poole View Post
    I have owned more than one mandolin, boat and motorcycle and each time I got rid of anyone of them I had tears in my eyes
    In most cases I feel the same way about the literally dozens of instruments that I have sold in my life - but with the exception of just a few, I felt much better once I had the cash in my hand.

  34. The following members say thank you to MikeZito for this post:


  35. #18

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    I have pretty much reached saturation with guitars, but every time I think I could sell a few, I play them. End of story.

    Now as to your situation, I think you just have to have an old Gibson. I'm a sucker for a white top A3 with just the right amount of finish worn off from arm rub.

    Mandolin spending is cheaper for me than the almost daily Amazon deliveries. I mean, four or five days a week. I don't know what there is left for the wife to buy.
    Silverangel A
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

  36. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Br1ck For This Useful Post:


  37. #19
    Registered User Roger Moss's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Charlottesville Va
    Posts
    1,049

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    That "eschewing" 'backy will give ya mouth cancer, I've heard. Jus' a health tip...
    I think it's an "eschaw" of backy down here...
    When the sun beats down and I lie on the bench, I can always hear them talk.
    Me, I'm just a lawnmower - you can tell me by the way I walk.

  38. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Roger Moss For This Useful Post:


  39. #20

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Moss View Post
    I think it's an "eschaw" of backy down here...
    Well THAT explains it. I tot eschaw a puddy tat!

  40. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Charlie Bernstein For This Useful Post:


  41. #21
    Registered User Roger Moss's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Charlottesville Va
    Posts
    1,049

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Now as to your situation, I think you just have to have an old Gibson. I'm a sucker for a white top A3 with just the right amount of finish worn off from arm rub.
    I would greatly enjoy having a '20s Gibson A style with some wear but not trashed, but only because I like really old stuff. Monetary value or build quality are strictly secondary. At any rate, it's only academic, since I don't foresee having that kind of money (beg beg whimper grovel).
    When the sun beats down and I lie on the bench, I can always hear them talk.
    Me, I'm just a lawnmower - you can tell me by the way I walk.

  42. The following members say thank you to Roger Moss for this post:


  43. #22
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Monterey CA
    Posts
    130

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    That's how I cured it, long time guitar player, dabbled in Mando, got serious 4 years ago, went through a pile of them, stepped up and bought a great one....MAS gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That's exactly what I thought.

    Live and learn!

    PS - Love your Vince Lombardi quote!

  44. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to indexless For This Useful Post:


  45. #23
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    609

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    I have a buddy that got an airplane a few years ago (not a rich guy, btw..).
    Fuel, maintenance, hanger fees...
    So I always tell my wife - "at least it's not an airplane "!

    Kirk

  46. The following members say thank you to tiltman for this post:


  47. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Boulder, CO & Chesterfield, MO
    Posts
    2,564

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    There is no cure for MAS. Only periodic treatments that put it into remission for a time.
    I've put myself on a one in, one out regimen that has helped to prevent associated build-up, but it does nothing to actually halt MAS.

  48. The following members say thank you to colorado_al for this post:


  49. #25

    Default Re: Ugh. It happened.

    Quote Originally Posted by indexless View Post
    That's how I cured it, long time guitar player, dabbled in Mando, got serious 4 years ago, went through a pile of them, stepped up and bought a great one....MAS gone
    My two are as great as I need great to be. But - no reso? no vintage? no oval? no electric? 'Scuse me while I go down to the duck pond and wait for my ship to come in! . . .
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; Apr-14-2018 at 4:41pm.

  50. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Charlie Bernstein For This Useful Post:


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •