No this discussion isn’t about mandolins getting it on… 🙂
However I did aquire a Thomas Buchanan mandolin yesterday and I absolutely love it. The tone is wonderful, its loud as hell and it has a lot of punch which makes it sound more like a mandola on the low strings. Its the first time ive gotten and oval-hole mandolin and im really impressed with the sweetness, even softness of the sound when i play it.
The thing is, my previous mandolin was an Ozark and id set it up to have an amazingly low action (i mean ridiculously low). This decision stemmed from the fact that ive had guitars before with impossibly high action and I didn’t want to have to deal with that on a mandolin.
Anyway, my Buchanan mandolin has a higher action than im used to (its still low!) and im having a little trouble adjusting to it after the Ozark, particualry in terms of ornamention and barring notes. However the tone is wonderful and it has a fixed bridge so I not going to mess with it (ive made that mistake with guitars before). Ive a session this friday and im a little apprehensive.
I suppose im just wondering if anyone here has made the jump from low to high action and has it taken them long to adjust? If so, did find it rewarding in the long run? Ill be using higher action for the long run now so i suppose so im just looking for some moral support!