Before moving to Ireland I had already taken an interest on traditional Irish music instruments. Leaving apart my platonic love for bodhrán, I set my eyes on the stringed instruments: the banjo and the mandolin, somehow similar to the lute which I used to play (or at least try) back in Spain, playing Canary Islands traditional music.
I haven’t seen many Irish musicians playing neither the mandolin nor the Irish bouzouki, which made me hesitate, specially after having listened to several banjo players and discovering that I love its sound.
Further considerations and advice from two (musicians) friends have led me to make up my mind, with the result you can see here. For the same money I could have gotten a cheap (and rather crappy) banjo I got this nice mandolin instead.
I hope this will compensate my last lost.