Mudcat Café message #1743952 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91596   Message #1743952
Posted By: Mooh
19-May-06 - 11:57 AM
Thread Name: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Primarily a guitarist but also play electric bass and mandolin.

Regularly perform on bass and guitar with a couple of groups but don't use the mandolin live
currently. Last group I played mandolin in was a folk/rock/blues/country sort of conglomerate,
and I either plugged in or used a mic depending on the venue.

I like to play hymns, blues, some "celtic" tunes, original tunes, and free jamming for myself.

I'm very happy with the Moon flattop mandolin and the House guitar shaped bouzouki. The Moon
was bought new but quite shop worn. I've installed strap buttons, Schaller tuners, Weber tailpiece,
solid cocobolo and bone bridge, Shatten Design Dualie pickup, radiused the binding that was
quite sharp, and played the hell out of it. It's got a spruce top, flame maple back and sides,
rosewood fingerboard, and no trussrod. It's strung with D'Addario J-62 (10,14,24,34) strings, and
hangs on the wall at home, from a Levys strap on me, and in a Gator case when travelling. It's alot
deeper (in dimension) than a friend's Moon of the same model.

I'm a very early member of the mandolin cafe online, visit every day but post irregularly.

I'm still looking for an archtop mandolin, and several get me excited, but cost is a major
consideration and I like unusual ones. The local shop has a plain looking and increasingly shop
worn Breedlove K which would benefit from some hotrodding. It sounds very nice now that it's
hung in the shop soaking up sound waves for a long time, and it could be mine in an instant if
they'd only cut me a break on the price. A friend has a National maple resonator that gets my
juices flowing too. Several Canadian builders tempt me also.

Peace, Mooh.