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When we were at the guitar show, last weekend, I fell in love with... something.

It looks like this:

oh, how I long for thee!

I didn't know what it was, really; I only knew that I wanted it. BADLY. And it was only $149!

Even at that price, though, I couldn't justify it. We're getting married (eventually), putting a kid through college, and aggressively paying off credit cards. And I couldn't even explain what it was. I think I cried a little when I left.

Well, it's an electric mandolin; specifically, an Epiphone Mandobird IV. Pretty cool, really. Unlike like regular mandolins, it only has four strings.

The Mandobird IV is pretty highly rated, as well-- everybody seems to just love it. And brandy-new, it's just $199.

Not much money for a decent instrument, really. However, I still (sigh) can't justify the cost.

My musical child has been fitful and unhappy. I can't afford a decent keyboard, and I have a lot of emotional blocks to playing piano again, really, as much as I love the idea of it. I'm welcome to use Zack's guitars, but I just never seem to get upstairs during the day to borrow his acoustic.

I've wanted a mandolin since I was about 13. And I haven't been able to get that darned Mandobird out of my mind since the show.

So I just bought myself a regular beginner's mandolin-- a Rogue RM-100A.* Get this: $30. And people say, once you restring it (and perhaps file down the bridge a bit), it doesn't suck. In fact, quite a few people dig it a lot.

you're mine, all mine

$40 w/ shipping, new strings and some picks... and I'm giddy like a child.

If I take to it, I'll easily be able to justify that mandobird someday. And if I don't? I've lost $40. Small gamble, really. Tiny, for the joy it's already given me. I can keep it in my office and play when it pleases me.

2-5 days shipping. I'm considering buying a book in the meantime.

I won't be able to play around with it much 'til after the show**, but my inner child is dancing right now :)

* Watch out! It's a rogue mandolin! O_O
** I did mention I'm playing Lady Macbeth in the community college's Shakespeare festival, right? No? Oh. I'm playing Lady Macbeth in the community college's Shakespeare festival.

I'm feeling all kinds of: quixotic quixotic
What I hear: Bela Fleck - Three Bridges Home

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Comments
keethrax From: keethrax Date: February 2nd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (permalink)
We have a mandolin, the double strings baffle me, but Mel seems to cope.
ldy From: ldy Date: February 6th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (permalink)
The very IDEA of double strings baffles me, but I'm willing to give it a go :)
myth From: myth Date: February 2nd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Please do keep us up-to-date about your mandolinian adventures - if indeed it is possible to acquire a non-sucky mandolin for $40, well, that's a boat I want to get on.
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ldy From: ldy Date: February 6th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
Will do :)
ldy From: ldy Date: February 6th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
I will definitely keep you apprised of the state of the good ship mandolini!
From: reproman Date: February 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (permalink)

It looks like this:

that's a repro of the Gibson Thunderbird, I think.
ldy From: ldy Date: February 3rd, 2006 12:55 am (UTC) (permalink)

Re: It looks like this:

Firebird :) Good eye!

I want to have its babies.
From: reproman Date: February 3rd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (permalink)

Re: It looks like this:

Yes, that's right...I think the Thunderbird is the bass version.
scottique From: scottique Date: February 6th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (permalink)
This post made me entirely happy. :-D
ldy From: ldy Date: February 6th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
Yay! A happie SGC is a wonderful thing :D
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