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    Iíve been playing mandolin on and off for 50 years but 3years or so ago, I bought a mandola. I have a selection of mandolins to go at, they all sound different but I know the sound Iím looking for and each has itís place.

    Unfortunately, I canít say that with the mandola. I only have one, I have nothing to compare it to and, in reality, Iíve no idea whether the sound Iím getting is either good or bad. I remain to be convinced.

    Can anyone suggest, say, some you tube recordings with what you consider to be a good mandola sound so I can make comparisons?

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    This is the best sounding mandola I've heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVkX7MmITwk

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    I don’t know if this helps, but I have an octave with a capo that often sits on the fifth fret so I guess it’s like a mandola and I’ve found that the tone is quite variable.
    It probably needs a new set of strings, sounds great when the weather turns humid and stormy, but I think the main variable is me!

    Not sure but it may be that lower strings are more affected by picking differences?
    And the F models sound more guitar-like?



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    Thanks all.

    1) Duh! I’ve had that Tim o’Brien CD for years!!! Can’t say I’m a big fan of Peter Rowan - it’s a long story - but a useful comparison none the less.

    2) The Matt Flinner is exactly what I’m looking for - must download it so I can play it on the big speakers!

    3) Tried the OM/capo before I bought a mandola. Sounded terrible. For whatever reason, I’ve never got a satisfactory sound out of my capoed OM.

    Keep ‘em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    This is the best sounding mandola I've heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVkX7MmITwk
    I really like this sound, too. I have a 2015 Weber Bitterroot mandola that approaches this tone, maybe just slightly brighter. FWIW it was made in Bend OR, signed by Bruce.
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    I will engage in a bit of self-promotion and offer this video; the instrument is a Weber Alder model, early 2000s.

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    I have found instrument assessment or comparisons via electronic transmission to be wrought with pit falls. Different strings, picks, and players make an evaluation less than a fair evaluation. i. e. “Dawg” playing any one of my instruments will sound soooo much better than me playing it.
    Stiver A style (MAS has stopped here)
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    Good luck!
    Stiver A style (MAS has stopped here)
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    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    I have found instrument assessment or comparisons via electronic transmission to be wrought with pit falls. Different strings, picks, and players make an evaluation less than a fair evaluation. i. e. “Dawg” playing any one of my instruments will sound soooo much better than me playing it.
    And whether or not I have my hearing aids in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    I have found instrument assessment or comparisons via electronic transmission to be wrought with pit falls. Different strings, picks, and players make an evaluation less than a fair evaluation. i. e. “Dawg” playing any one of my instruments will sound soooo much better than me playing it.
    True but I’m not trying to assess one instrument or player against another. I’m simply trying to hear how other instruments sound. The UK isn’t exactly a hot bed of mandola music. I can only think of one other person who owns one and that’s an instrument I wouldn’ t give house room to!

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    John Reischman recorded a couple of tunes on mandola for his Walk Along John album a few years ago. I think he uses a mandola built by Stan Miller, but I'm not positive about that.




    On this tune, his solo starts around 1:10.

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    Focus your ears on the Mandola. It juxtaposes nicely with the Guitar and Octave in this video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    This is the best sounding mandola I've heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVkX7MmITwk
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    Mike Guggino plays a Kimble 2 point on a lot of the Steep Canyon Rangers' latest album, Arm in Arm

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    Lawrence is a master:

    That's a lovely tone.

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    John Doyle starts this set as lead then rhythm on a Trillium mandola.
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    Here is the sound of my Lawrence Smart mandola - did that vid some time ago as a mic/pickup comparison.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpV2kP8UFqE&t=70s
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    Quote Originally Posted by mando-bob View Post
    Here is the sound of my Lawrence Smart mandola - did that vid some time ago as a mic/pickup comparison.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpV2kP8UFqE&t=70s
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    This track features my Girouard mandola and I named the tune for Max and Lauri. https://hillbillychambermusic.bandca.../max-and-lauri
    Palatable to a Goat: Music from Gregg Daigle and Don Grieser
    http://HillbillyChamberMusic.bandcamp.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    That's a lovely tone.
    I agree... anyone know the name of this tune?

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    The tune Matt Flinner is playing ? St Anne's Reel.
    The Irish jig ? I will ask my fiddler friend and hopefully he knows it.

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    Even without a point of reference, does it sound good, or not so pleasing?

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