From Tasmania, Australia. Played general folk guitar and limited Irish mandolin - for some years, but basically identify as a folk singer. For that reason, I am drawn to the accompaniment potential of the octave mandolin. I don’t have one yet, but able to prepare and enjoy with my 12 string guitar strung up as such. A little difficult to play, but love it - left the G,D, and A courses as octaves, so gives a wonderfully rich and nuanced pallet to work from. You get used to reaching over, and capo up as desired.