Robert MacDhai’s ten comments

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    I've considered making the 4 hour drive to Bryson City to check out Gernandt. Beautiful looking instruments, but nearly twice the price of Stuart and I haven't seen much in the way of testimonials. Still probably worth a look...and it's a beautiful driv... more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    Anyone happen to know whether the Johnson MA-400 takes loop end or ball end strings? The one I ordered definitely needs new ones, so want to be prepared when it arrives. more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    UPDATE: Found a really good deal on a used Johnson MA-400, so decided to give that a go to get started. After all the great feedback, I am a little wary of the long scale (26.25"), but for a fairly small investment and ability to capo (fret 2 = 23.25" s... more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    Thanks, Steve...great point about body size and wood. Those labels only seem to matter (from ny novice perspective) when talking off-the-shelf options to get started. For a custom, now thinking I should consider dropping down closer to that 23" you're t... more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    Honestly, I've sort of been thinking that the capo could be my safety net to shorten the scale length if I need to, but hadn't thought about tuning down. Does that have any negative effects on intonation? more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    I considered octave mandolin tuned GDAD...just want to go as long scale as I think I can handle for tone. Since I'll be doing mostly accompaniment, as I also sing, just looking for that sweet spot for scale length. There just seems to be a big gap betwe... more…

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  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    Lynn/Adrian - Thanks for the feedback on the TC models. That's still a contender, especially since I have this fantasy of getting something in that range to learn on while I wait the long wait for a custom instrument...but then convert the starter to be ... more…

  • Re: Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    Thanks to all...this is a big help! And all of these options have potential. Prices seem to be somewhat similar, with Herb Taylor's basic being the most expensive. So to summarize: more…

  • Updated info on Bouzouki Makers and Models?

    I'm new to the Session and looking for advice on purchasing my first Irish Bouzouki. After reviewing past threads on this topic (all of them years old it seems) and searching for the recommended off-the-shelf models and custom luthiers, I'm guessing the ... more…