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Thread #91596   Message #1747258
Posted By: John P
25-May-06 - 09:21 AM
Thread Name: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Subject: RE: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?
My cittern is about equal with the guitar. Sidelines are lap dulcimer, accordion, percussion. And mandolin, I suppose.

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?
Yes, a six person folk/rock band with blues and jazz overtones called Crookshank. That's fairly new. I spent most of the last 20 years with a duo called Telynor. Crookshank plays rarely, but we just finished a demo, so that might change. Telynor performed 3-10 times a month.

What type of music do you play?
Traditional European - Scandinavian, Bulgarian, Breton, British Isles. A bit of medieval thrown in, along with some originals in the traditional style.

What style would you LIKE to be playing?
Traditional European - Scandinavian, Bulgarian, Breton, British Isles. A bit of medieval thrown in, along with some originals in the traditional style. Maybe a little more blues, although I generally find the blues more fun to play than to listen to.

Are you happy with your mandolin?
Extremely.

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.
Sobell cittern, Gibson A4 mandolin.

Amplification?
I've tried lots of things, and none of it sounds as good as a good microphone. I have a pickup inside my cittern which was essential for tavern gigs - it gives a lot of volume and clarity and punch. But I don't play in taverns anymore, so I rarely use it these days. I sometimes use a lapel-style microphone stuck to the front of the instrument. It gives pretty good sound, better than any pickup I've ever used, and gives the freedom of movement that a pickup provides. For short festival gigs I just use whatever they set in front of me. For concerts I use the house mic if it's really good, or one of mine if they're better. The AKG C1000 sounds great with mandolin family instruments and aren't very expensive as high quality mics go. I keep meaning to buy one.

John Peekstok