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    Why bother calling... Never listens to me anyway.
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    Many years ago I used to play a Rickenbacker guitar/bass double-neck on stage.

    One time a guy said to me: 'What is that thing?'

    I simply said: 'It's a lot of fun!'

    He didn't get the joke . . . .

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    My OM has been called a guitar, a Portugese guitar, a ukulele, a banjo, a bouzouki, a mandolin. One BG musician saw the case and asked "four strings or five strings?" I shrug that off.
    Once they gave me a present for playing: a bottle of Jack Daniels. I had a hard time shruggin that one off. Made me think of the motto of Scottish Kings: "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
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    “A beautiful looking guitar being held by an idiot.”
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    "Your new toy."
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    My two favourite comments (apologies since I posted them before):

    "Can you play Duelling Banjos on that ukulele?"

    And on an offshore rig when a female worker, presumably a guitarist, came to my cabin because she'd heard I had a guitar:
    "Oh. It's just a little one."

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    Ukulele, banjo, and wuffo (short for "wuffo you play that funny-lookin' little guitar?").
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    I play guitar in a church group and have occasionally added a ukulele.
    "Oh, play that mandolin on this one"
    "It's a ukulele"
    On the next occasion:: "Oh, the mandolin, I love that!"
    "Um, thanks"
    Now that I actually have a mandolin, I can't wait to bring it along and see what they say.

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    Well, that's strange.
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Other instruments: way too many, and yet, not nearly enough.

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    Annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc7 View Post
    I can't wait to bring it along and see what they say.
    It's quite clear: "Oh, you brought your new - wait, I'll get it right this time - ukulele!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    I once went into a bank to deposit a check and I was carrying a shaped F style case with my mandolin inside. All the customers and tellers suddenly got very quiet. Wonder what they were thinking??

    Len B.
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    It reminds me of what someone said in a nearby thread: Walk into a bank with a violin case and people panic because they think you have a machine gun. Walk in with a banjo case and they panic because they think you have a banjo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trodgers View Post
    Once upon a time, a nice lady referred to my octave mandolin as a "Lithuanian Banjo." No idea how she came up with that.
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    Just last gig, "Is that an ukulele?" understandable because we are an uke-centric band. Me: "No, this is a mandolin", and she went, "Drat! My nephew was right. I knew it was an uke, and he insisted it was a mandolin. Waddaya know."

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    It's been called - by others - "Out Of Tune".
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    My college-freshman daughter asked me over last Winter break what instrument I was playing. I told her it was a mandolin. Her response: "It doesn't LOOK Chinese."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jphalabuk View Post
    "It doesn't LOOK Chinese."
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    On the basis that I describe my bouzouki as an "inflated mandolin", I guess my mandolin must be a "deflated bouzouki". (but they still say banjo....)
    "What's that funny guitar thing..?"

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    Gives me an idea for a new cafe group, "The 8 String Uke Club"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim N View Post
    On the basis that I describe my bouzouki as an "inflated mandolin", I guess my mandolin must be a "deflated bouzouki". (but they still say banjo....)
    I often get asked what the difference is between my OM and some other player's bouzouki. I have two answers to choose from:

    - my OM ends where the bouzouki has its capo.
    - his is longer.
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    After a gig a woman came up to me asking what instrument I just played. I told her it's a mandolin. No, she said, that's not it...

    I left it at that.
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    Usually a polite question of 'what is that'? I explain that it's a mandolin but that it's an 'A' style which is not what most people are used to seeing. I sometimes add that an F style is more common but since those are more expensive, that's why I have an 'A' style. About half the time folks do know what it is so we're making progress!

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