When did you know you were going to play mandolin? I'll tell you when I did: the day I saw Don Steirnberg sitting in with Special Consensus. I was 13, and was blown away by the fresh sound, endless technique, and comedy (yes, comedy). That was a Saturday, I started playing mandolin the next day. What was it that registered inside of me? I don't know, but it seemed like it would be fun, and easy to carry!
What got you playing mandolin?
Link: Don Stiernberg Trio - "There Will Never be Another You"