Hello. Long-time Ben follower, frequent forum lurker, and first-time poster. I am a guitar player with a question for the community… Should I pick up the mandolin? Given the audience, I’m suspecting the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. But to those who play both instruments, is the transition from guitar to mandolin a challenging or a relatively straightforward one? Perhaps more importantly, for any who made the transition, was the journey worthwhile? Did the mandolin fulfill you in ways that the guitar couldn’t? Some days I think it would be awesome to play mandolin. Other days I think I should just work on being a better guitar player.
I’ve been pondering this mandolin question for a while. During that time I’ve done some looking and developed an interest in the Eastman MD315. I’ve read good reviews and I find the matte finish pleasingly worn and old-timey. The only negatives I’ve read were about the tailpiece and the lesser-quality tuners. Does anyone in the community have opinions on the MD315?
For @BanjoBen - I see that the MD305 and the MD515 are both in the store; but not the MD315. Do you have experience with the MD315, would you recommend it, and is it something I could get through the store? I’d rather spend my money with you than with a faceless corporation.
Thanks to all for any help or guidance. And thanks to Ben for all that you do. It is crazy to think that there was a time when the G-run wasn’t part of my daily life. Those were dark days.