Mudcat Café message #1746446 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91596   Message #1746446
Posted By: GUEST,Ghirotondo at work
24-May-06 - 04:42 AM
Thread Name: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
a sideline- My instrument is guitar
Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yes, I play in a Folcloristic group (I Maggiaioli) where I play only mandolin, and I play in a group(we play Irish/Scottish music in Italy, the name is Dalriada)where I play Guitar, Mandola and Mandolin

What type of music do you play?
Italian folk songs with "I Maggiaioli", all related to the month of May, and Irish and Scottish music with the others.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Well, I have an Epiphone ("The Epiphone")but I would like something with a better sound. With the italian folk group I am playing on a Neapolitan mandolin about 80 years old, great sound but TERRIBLE action, way too high, and my luthier said that the work to put it in good playing order is not worth the expense which he estimates around 700 euros.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
As I said an Epiphone "A" style mando, with Shadow piezo bridge and L.R. Baggs preamp/DI box, the old Neapolitan style which needs to be fixed, and another Neapolitan style factory made in the '60 which I am restoring myself (nut, bridge, tuning pegs and cleaning - was given to a kid as a toy!) Then I also have a beautiful long-neck mandola, with cedar soundboard made for me by Valerio Gorla, Milan, equipped with a piezo Fishman preamplified (natural II) pick-up.