Bouzouki, OM, or Mandola?
Hi everyone, new member here with a multi-part question about which instrument would best suit my needs. I’m in an Irish band (emphasis on the "ish"), we play primary pub songs/folk songs, not really many tunes or ITM (I once foolishly attended a local session with my 5-string, they were kind enough to gently redirect me elsewhere).
Currently we have a fiddle, piccolo, guitar, and myself on 5-String banjo (sacrilege, I know!).
Lately I’ve been getting an itch to pick up a new instrument to try and swap out the banjo for some of our songs. I was first drawn to the irish bouzouki, since I’m primarily doing accompaniment. My understanding is that the octave mando is better for melody, which I really won’t be doing at all. But I’ve recently also been enticed by the mandola. I’m wondering which will fit better for our overall sound? With the guitar and bouzouki basically produce the same deeper sound and sort of wash each other out? I like the high notes I get with the banjo, would the mandola be a better middle ground between guitar and the fiddle/piccolo? Can I wail on either instrument like I tend to do on banjo?
Also, regarding fingering and chords, which might be easier to retrain my brain? I should mention I’ve borrowed a mandolin from a friend, to start learning GDAE and GDAD chords.
Oh, and I looked into citterns, but they seem very tricky to purchase.
Any advice is appreciated, and thanks for reading this far!