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Thread #115668   Message #2479328
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
29-Oct-08 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Subject: RE: Tech: Mandolin-Oval vs. F-hole?
Best thing is play ones you like the look of, and see what sounds and feels best.

You're wise to avoid the old bowl type. They look pretty hanging on the wall, but they aren't as strong and tend to warp, and also they slip around on the tum. Flat backs are much more comfortable, especially if you aren't over-skinny. That's why Irish bouzoukis are that shape too. (Though I can't see how Greek bouzouki players manage to cope with them, because they don't tend to be over-skinny either!)

I prefer round holes to look at and to play, but that's just me, it's not a recommendation either way.