I am not much of a mandolin player, but I have been thinking about putting a little time into it. In another thread, someone suggested checking out Red Valley redvalleymandolins.com/. One of the options they list is a slightly wider nut width (1 1/4" as opposed to the normal 1 1/8"). I have never played a 1 1/4" mando, but at some levels, that sounds appealing. I don’t have particularly large hands, but I find a mando fingerboard kind of cramped. As I see it there are pros and cons.
Pros: More room and less unintentionally muted strings. It’s more like the spacing on a typical guitar (which I play most).
Cons: Most mandos are 1 1/8" and it might make things difficult if I change instruments down the road. It would be harder to span multiple strings with a single finger when desired.
Anyone have any thoughts?