Mudcat Café message #66647 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9992   Message #66647
Posted By: bill\sables
29-Mar-99 - 06:47 AM
Thread Name: mandolas and octave mandolins
Subject: RE: mandolas and octave mandolins
Susan I have been playing a octive mandola for a couple os years now I find the tone much more mellow than a tennor Banjo but the same fingering so I did not have to learn to play a new instrument. After mandolin you have to get used to the longer scale length but that was no problem for me. I bought one from the maker Terry Docherty from Northumberland U.K. And I find it is much better than factory made models. One example was when I was playing at a session in a pub at Whitby Festival, We were all playing accoustically but there were fiddles, guitars, accordions,melodeons,and mandolins in the room which was about 40feet long. At the end of the tune one fellow came up to me and asked about my mandola saying he could hear it ringing out above all of the other instruments from the far end of the room. When I told him the maker he ordered one straight away If you want to contact Terry Docherty his e-mail is Cheers Bill