Tanglewood TSM M Mandolin
Hi all. I haven’t posted on here for a long time, and gone through a burst of posts in the last week as I pick up my quest again once and for all.
I posted on another thread that I was on the look out for an octave mando /mandola, and played a few off the shelf today in Dublin.
I was going to abandon the mandolin. I have had a Fender FM 62 SCE for years and always struggled with it.
However, out of curiosity, I tried a few while I was in a few shops today and was pleasantly surprised.
I think the main issue with my Fender is the neck width. Way too thin for me, which turns me off the instrument, and it always sounds too bright or shrill to me. (Great workhorse for band gigs when plugged in though)
So I tried a cheap McBride’s mando with an acoustic sound hole: http://www.waltons.ie/home/products/view/03amcb-sym2-na-mcbrides-mandolin/
Surprised at the sweeter sound it gave off, and the neck was wider than what I was used to.
I also came across the Tanglewood TSM M Mandolin, and had a go, and really liked this one:
Nice wide neck, but I’d get the action lowered slightly if I could, if I were to buy, and a sweet acoustic sound off it. The body wasn’t very deep, but as I said, gave off a nice sweet sound.
I can’t really afford to splash out, but am thinking of it.
There was a cheaper Tanglewood mando which was modelled on the TSM, and funnily enough, isn’t on their website, which sounded ok too for the money, but wasn’t as good as the TSM.
So much so, that I’m second guessing my octave mando/mandola quest, and will keep an eye out for some sweeter acoustic mandolins.