How to evaluate an Irish bouzouki or Irish Octave mandolin
Having eared Cyrill O’Donohue playing six mounth ago, I think I am ready for a octave mandolin or a irish bouzouki.
The problem is that in this side of Canada shopping for some Irish instruments like mandola, octave mandolin or irish bouzouki is a real “task mission”. There is no store around that keep these kind of instruments in stock. So there is no way for easy “try, compare and buy”.
The only bouzouki around is owned by a fellow musician and is made by a local luthier. I will visit this musician very soon but want to be prepare with some check list to do. The purpose is to evaluate if I will ask the luthier to build one for me.
Here two questions:
1- Is it normal that sometimes, while playing hard, there is some kind of fuzz coming for unison strings knocking together?
2- When I listen to mp3 instruments sample in the internet. It seems that the sound is rough enough or less clean for a bouzouki than for an octave mandolin, and even rougher while compare to a mandola. Is it normal?
I planned to check the sound and feeling with some chords and melodies with and without capo. But I have to figure out how to do that, taking account that this will be not like playing mandolin as I used to do.
Thanks to give some hints and hope everybody is well.