Just for fun... I've noticed what seems to be an odd occurrence... there are some bass players out there that also double on mandolin. I have seen reference to playing mandolin on-the-side by at least four other bassists here at TalkBass, and I know of several more mandolin-playing bassists within 100 miles of me here in Virginia. (though to be fair, one of them is primarily a mandolin player, who also happens to play bass) The mandolin is a very old folk instrument descended from the lute family. Even Stradivarius made mandolins in his Cremona workshop, right alongside his masterful violins. Modern mandolins are usually tuned in fifths, and the strings are in courses/pairs tuned in unison to the same pitch as standard violin, E-A-D-G. So they are upside-down and backwards from bass, with almost nothing in common. Basses and mandolins are even at opposite ends of the sonic spectrum. What makes us residents of the F-clef want to play these tiny, tinn-y little things that you spend half your time tuning... I don't guess there's a deeper reason for it than we're just playing what calls us... still, it just seems an odd coupling of interest, and might be a fun recurring discussion. So who's in? Put your pictures, stories, videos, and commentary here. We'll do numbers if anybody wants to, but I suspect this will be the smallest (ummm... *exclusive*) club on TalkBass.