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    This is going to be some long wind, so bear with me.

    Last year was one of the worst in my life; my father passed away, our cat was killed (I had to watch him die), and my wife suffered a stroke. It was a lot to cope with but I managed to get through it. I reached a point where I wanted to express what I had gone through in music and I wanted to howl as I did it. So, what did I do? I went online and ordered an Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe (already had an amp). I wanted to plug in, crank to 11, and wail away. The guitar arrived. I plugged in. I cranked it, and felt nothing; nada, hole of a donut, smoke ring in a strong wind. I tried and tried, but just didn稚 feel it. I put it in the case, where it has sat for months, and I知 trying to sell it as I tap this. And then a couple of months ago a friend asked me if I had any mandolin music, as he was interested in getting one. And when he made that query a light went off in my head! Ten years before I had been interested in the mando myself but never pulled the trigger, and here was a friend of over 30 years considering acquiring one. Instead of burning a CD I bought him a copy of Hot Dawg and mailed it to him, and then I leaped onto the net and researched mandolins! Within days I was mad with MAS, and I was convinced I could achieve what I wanted acoustically with a mando; the tonality, the textures, the overtones.

    This will be quite a leap for me but I am greatly looking forward to it.

    In some ways, this is my history repeating itself. Ten years ago I wanted to express in music my Katrina experiences. I plugged in my Strat and wailed away and the same thing happened, I felt nothing. What did I do? I bought a Seagull 12 string (still regret selling it) and played it exclusively for three and a half years before switching to the Chinese Zhongruan (see pic). At present I知 trying to sell the Blueshawk and a Washburn archtop, but whether they go or not I値l be ordering a mandolin next week. At this point I have no idea what I値l be getting, as the selection for entry level mandos is bewildering, but the plethora of reviews here are helping me make my choice. If this works out I値l probably be done with the guitar indefinitely (I知 holding onto a Gretsch Boxcar dobro, the only guitar I currently play). I think I知 in for a heck of a ride.

    Eric


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    Good luck. I have found that music, while it doesn't cure everything, is the best medicine there is. Wail on.
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    To my ear there's something about the tonal characteristics of the mandolin that express wells of emotion such as I do not hear in other plucked stringed instruments. It's a plaintive quality very hard to put into words, and I think that's what attracts me to it. I hope it allows you to express the deep feelings you are struggling to get out, which I believe is one of the most important functions of music (and art in general).

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    i wish you a wonderful journey... enjoy.... get frustrated some... and enjoy some more...
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    Good luck on the journey. May it bring you some peace and an outlet.

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    Hey Eric,

    While I am really sad to hear the circumstances that bring you here, we are happy that you joined up!
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    I went through several guitars over 25 years and then 17 ukuleles over a three-year period and last November landed on my one mandolin. Its the instrument I was meant to play but it took a long time to get here. I hope the mandolin is the same for you.
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    Welcome to a great new adventure, Eppito. The fact that you are already expresing symptoms of MAS is a really good sign.

    Mandolins are great for getting out what you sometimes must get out. I am sorry to learn all you have lost, but hopeful that the right music will help you heal.

    Best wishes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eppito View Post

    before switching to the Chinese Zhongruan (see pic).
    Wow, sorry about your bad year....but that's a lovely zhongruan!

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    Thank you everyone for all the kind words. I do think the mandolin, like the ruan, will be a pivotal instrument for me. Robert, if all goes well (it all depends on Hurricane Matthew, and where it may go next) I should be placing my order a week from today, as to what I’ll be ordering I’m still researching but it probably will be the Eastman 305…maybe.

    Yes Alpine, the sonority of the instrument is like no other string instrument, which is what attracted me to the zhongruan [“jong – rhann”] seven years ago (see videos below). For five straight years it was the only string instrument I played, until I acquired the Washburn. And to think that the mando may help me express in a way that the electric could not really has me very excited and expectant.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Mkl5cLWzk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deuiOZTF-tE

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    This is the first time that I've heard a jongrhann...a really enchanting sound, and great playing. Thanks for posting and good luck on your mandolin journey...it's a great ride!

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    Eric, There once was a fellow that had a whole lot of down feelings much like yours and he got relief by writing songs about what was/had happened to him...You may have heard of him, his name was Hank Williams...He lived most of the songs he wrote...

    As Mo Bandy would say in a song that Bill Anderson wrote, "I`ve done everything that Hank Williams did except die"...Life is full of ups and downs and I wish you well...

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    Welcome to the mandolin and the caf!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eppito View Post
    Thank you everyone for all the kind words. I do think the mandolin, like the ruan, will be a pivotal instrument for me. Robert, if all goes well (it all depends on Hurricane Matthew, and where it may go next) I should be placing my order a week from today, as to what I’ll be ordering I’m still researching but it probably will be the Eastman 305…maybe.

    Yes Alpine, the sonority of the instrument is like no other string instrument, which is what attracted me to the zhongruan [“jong – rhann”] seven years ago (see videos below). For five straight years it was the only string instrument I played, until I acquired the Washburn. And to think that the mando may help me express in a way that the electric could not really has me very excited and expectant.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Mkl5cLWzk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deuiOZTF-tE
    Thanks for sharing your story and videos!

    Looking forward to your report on your new mando and hearing what you get out of it.
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    Very good constructive outlet for venting your woes!... Welcome to the cafe. I am super in love with my Eastman MD305... You WILL be pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby bill View Post
    I have found that music, while it doesn't cure everything, is the best medicine there is.
    Yes. Ohhh yes. It lifts us up for a glimpse over those rocks blocking our way. If that won't help, nothing will.
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    Laughter is the best medicine...........unless you've got asthma, then it's Ventalin.

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