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    Default Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    And that's all I'm saying on the topic!

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    That's probably what I want next

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    That's probably what I want next
    It's a REALLY BIG RABBIT HOLE to fall down!

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    Actually, once you find one that captures your attention you start to think of some of the others as expendable
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rieter View Post
    That's probably what I want next
    Remember what I said about #5, Sue!

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    Actually, once you find one that captures your attention you start to think of some of the others as expendable
    Which one is speaking to you, Mary? You are not usually the mandogamous type.

    My one (and only) octave is an early GBOM from Mike Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    My one (and only) octave is an early GBOM from Mike Black.

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    Now THAT is a beautiful instrument- whoa!!!

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    at the request of my loving spouse, I reduced the octave count from 3 to 2, but then I bought the Eastwood and so am back up to 3, and I think that is a very healthy number. Also have been checking out Sarah Jaroz, her right hand on the octave is quite impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    Now THAT is a beautiful instrument- whoa!!!
    It sounds good too, at least when Mike plays it on this thread:

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    Pheff! That sounds great!

    Under COVID, I'm pretty much just playing my Eastman OM. I'm getting the feel of the scale and a bit of finger acrobatics! Many of my mandolin pieces I can relate to the OM, but. . . I'm not fully there, yet. . .

    Not that I'm not wondering about my next OM, that is. . . A GBOM? I'm warming up to that idea!

    Thanks Pheff!

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    Totally! I'm playing my Weber Yellowstone F octave mandolin much more under the pandemic lockdown than I did in the Before Times. I was lucky to find this one secondhand, I don't think I could have afforded a new one. It's a beautiful instrument.

    The lack of Irish/Scottish sessions in my area means I've been focusing more on things that aren't appropriate in sessions, like playing the slower, more evocative tunes on an OM where I can really milk the long sustain. Slow reels, marches, and metered airs like "The Sunset" from the first Altan album, "Farewell to Nigg," "Braes of Locheil." Solo pieces, basically.

    Learning to play Irish flute over the last few years has mostly, but not entirely, replaced the standard pitch mandolin with the faster Irish and Scottish dance tunes. Meanwhile the OM is its own thing; a sideways excursion into the slower tunes that I'm really enjoying.

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    I just succumbed to my lust for a GBOM - a Pono MND-20HC SB from Ben @ Fiddler’s Green. First impressions out of the box left me a bit apprehensive about the slender neck, but after new strings and a setup, it’s pretty near perfect. Really a nice instrument! I suspect the others (Weber Yellowstone, Siminoff from parts, & my own A-style) are feeling ignored at the moment...

    At some point I suppose I should humiliate myself by uploading a demo.
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    I'm quite content with the Brock GBOM and the Girouard GBOM. The rest will probably go quietly. I am hunting a Romero open back banjo.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB-Octo View Post
    I just succumbed to my lust for a GBOM - a Pono MND-20HC SB from Ben @ Fiddler’s Green. First impressions out of the box left me a bit apprehensive about the slender neck, but after new strings and a setup, it’s pretty near perfect. Really a nice instrument! I suspect the others (Weber Yellowstone, Siminoff from parts, & my own A-style) are feeling ignored at the moment...

    At some point I suppose I should humiliate myself by uploading a demo.
    Monte - what is the nut width? Your slender neck comment has me curious. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    I'm quite content with the Brock GBOM and the Girouard GBOM.
    So the “one that captivates you” is actually two? That’s a relief.
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    It's all relative. Aside from the fact that they are both tuned differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    Monte - what is the nut width? Your slender neck comment has me curious. Thank you!
    It’s 1.4” in width, and just under .8” in depth at the nut. It’s not quite as substantial in my hand as the other three, but very comfortable and easy to note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foldedpath View Post
    I'm playing my Weber Yellowstone F octave mandolin much more under the pandemic lockdown than I did in the Before Times. I was lucky to find this one secondhand, I don't think I could have afforded a new one. It's a beautiful instrument.
    Congratulations! That's really the great thing about the used instrument market. People who need/want the instrument and people who need/want the money and/or space all get what they want. I got my Weber Gallatin F mandocello the same way with the same feelings.


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    The lack of Irish/Scottish sessions in my area means I've been focusing more on things that aren't appropriate in sessions, like playing the slower, more evocative tunes on an OM where I can really milk the long sustain.
    For me, the resonance and sustain are the huge draws of the OM. That's why I've never been a GBOM fan.


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    Meanwhile the OM is its own thing; a sideways excursion into the slower tunes that I'm really enjoying.
    Agreed, although in the right hands, an OM can navigate the faster tunes, as well.

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    Marcus CA "For me, the resonance and sustain are the huge draws of the OM. That's why I've never been a GBOM fan."

    When I began my research for an octave size mandolin I never considered a GBOM for the same reason - just wasn't the sound I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus CA View Post
    Congratulations! That's really the great thing about the used instrument market. People who need/want the instrument and people who need/want the money and/or space all get what they want. I got my Weber Gallatin F mandocello the same way with the same feelings.



    For me, the resonance and sustain are the huge draws of the OM. That's why I've never been a GBOM fan.



    Agreed, although in the right hands, an OM can navigate the faster tunes, as well.

    Wow, that's cool - who knew you could chop with a saxophone?

    I've seen Sierra Hull do Old Dangerfield on the OM, but I had never seen this vid. It sure is a blast! Thanks Marcus

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    Marcus, that video is great! Inspirational!

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    Apparently, there's light at the end of that particular tunnel, and more important, there is an end, not just an exit. After almost 20 years, I've given up finding an OM that sounds better than the one I already have. Thank you Mr Bucknall, MBE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    And that's all I'm saying on the topic!
    I'll add:

    So are GDAE tuned tenor banjos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    I'll add:

    So are GDAE tuned tenor banjos!

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    Yeah, that looks pretty darned cool as well.

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