As some of you know, I played the fiddle for quite a while before being advised to give up (at least for a coupe of years) due to shoulder problems. So I took up the flute and have been playing for about a year now with no further shoulder pain. Progress is slow but sure, but it will be a long time before I can play in a session.
Then the other day a friend lent me a a mandolin - wow! What a revelation. Maybe it’s because I already played the fiddle (tuned the same) and guitar, but I found that I very quickly got the hang of rattling through all the old tunes I used to know on the fiddle - joy!
However (isn’t there always) I think this is a cheap mando (sorry Chris!) with high action etc and the frets are worn and incredibly close together for my pudgy fingers. So I’ve been surfing and discovered that there are several instruments in the mandolin family, like mandola, octave mandolin etc. But I’m very attracted to the small size of the mandolin. Finally to my question - what would you folks in the know recommend as a compromise? I suppose what I’d really like is a ‘long-scale’ mandolin but I’m not sure if such a thing exists.
Also, my friend from Glasgow has recommended Jimmy Moon as a maker - any opinions? I thought I might give him a ring to discuss my requirements.
Meanwhile I’m still tooting away - best of both worlds!