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How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« on: Aug 12, 2005, 04:16:37 PM »
Made by Martin Guitars, a backpacker's mandolin:


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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #1 on: Aug 12, 2005, 04:43:45 PM »
My travel mando of choice is a Weber "Sweet Pea". about the same size and price. I've taken it on quite a few backpacking trips. Now if I could just find a "backpacker" fiddle and bow! Tony

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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #2 on: Aug 12, 2005, 10:04:51 PM »
My mother-in-law has a martin backpacker guitar.  Personally I hate it as it is far to quiet to get any "oomph" out of it.  I suspect the mando will have similar problems.

I know they're not supposed to sound like "real" instruments, but it's like playing a plank of wood.  I'm sure they could do better!

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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #3 on: Aug 16, 2005, 10:29:25 PM »
This mando comes closer to a mandolin tone than the Backpacker guitar comes to the full size Martin tone.  Pretty understandable since the size is closer to the mandolin whereas the guitar one is only a fraction.

I think these do what they're supposed to do -- be portable.

I'd never buy one under the assumption that I'd get any "oomph" from it.  That's what my D-35 and Flatty are for.

The biggest problem w/the guitar is that it's not comfortable to hold due to the minimal size.

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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #4 on: Aug 16, 2005, 11:31:19 PM »
Surely there isn't much need for this since a real mandolin isn't much bigger. Perhaps a backpackers mandolin case (light gigbag type) would be better.

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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #5 on: Sep 02, 2005, 08:16:03 PM »
Now if I could just find a "backpacker" fiddle and bow! Tony
What? You don't have one of THESE?
http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_EAR033_A_Kit+Fiddle_E_

You could make a case out of a length of PVC drain pipe, and attach a strap to it...
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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #6 on: Sep 02, 2005, 08:18:38 PM »
My mother-in-law has a martin backpacker guitar.  Personally I hate it as it is far to quiet to get any "oomph" out of it.
I got the one with a pickup built in, so anywhere I can also carry my Pignose, ears will bleed!

Oddly enough, the people I got it from (Squid Music in Anaheim, CA, not far from Disneyland/Knotts Berry Farm) handed to me in an Israeli Galil assault rifle case in ballistic nylon. I need to get some more of those, it fits a Steinberger stick electric guitar really well, too...
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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #7 on: Sep 02, 2005, 08:24:49 PM »
The biggest problem w/the guitar is that it's not comfortable to hold due to the minimal size.
I like the way Yamaha dealt with the problem on the Silent Guitar, and the way Aria did with the Sinsonido (Soloette copy)... collapsible frame guitar bodies!

There used to be these similar add-ons for the Backpacker called WINGZ, but they seem to have disappeared. I pretty much play the Backpacker on a strap all the time.
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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #8 on: Sep 02, 2005, 08:27:25 PM »
We've had a Martin backpack mando around the house for a couple of years now. Sweet, strong, brilliant. Next to a "real" A-type mando I noticed the A-type was a bit fuller in the bass, but not hugely so. A couple of other folks around here have liked our backpack mandolin so well that they each got themselves one.

No surprise that the guitar in that form is not so successful, not enough air inside, it would seem, nor enough body to hold.
« Last Edit: Sep 02, 2005, 09:03:11 PM by beeswing »
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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #9 on: Sep 04, 2005, 02:55:10 PM »
Oddly enough, the people I got it from (Squid Music in Anaheim, CA, not far from Disneyland/Knotts Berry Farm) handed to me in an Israeli Galil assault rifle case in ballistic nylon. I need to get some more of those, it fits a Steinberger stick electric guitar really well, too...

When the DW had to fly commercial with a solid-body stick electric fiddle, we got a nylon carbine case from the local sporting goods store, tucked the muzzle end down into itself and put velcro there to make an accessory pocket, and were good to go.
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Re: How cool is this? Tiny mandolin
« Reply #10 on: Sep 07, 2005, 06:24:19 PM »
Has anyone played one of the Lark in the morning "kit fiddles"? It could be what i'm looking for.
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