​The Problem...

Hi. I'm Connor. I play in Irish jam sessions a couple times a month. Usually I take two instruments, a mandolin and an octave mandolin. The mandolin gives me a high voice and the octave mandolin gives me a low voice. That way I can change up the sound I contribute to the group's playing. The problem is - I have to switch instruments to make the change, which can be tough to do on the fly. Here I am at the monthly Dublin Bay session in Ames, trying to switch between my mandolin and octave mandolin in the middle of a tune. I have dropped an instrument a time or two trying to swap quickly. Another problem is that not only do I carry two instrument cases, I also lug along a bag of music and a folding music stand. There's gotta be a better way!

switching/juggling two mandolins