Well, my mandolin arrived on Monday. P brought it in and checked it out. It's really a beautiful instrument. Don't ask for pix, you know I haven't put up pix of my teeth yet, and that was in March... I tried tuning it when I got home, and before I got within 3° of pitch on the far E-string, one of them popped. The twist that forms the loop in the wire actually unravelled. O.o So this afternoon, before I got to work, I stopped at West Music and got the last 2 sets of mando strings they had, a chromatic tuner with electric input, some picks, and a capo. They didn't have any cases or gig bags for this instrument. It's okay, I can get one online sheap. I'll look tomorrow, methinks. I got home and tuned it up (which is a pain in the tookus with new strings because they stretch and go flat as fast as you can tune them). I started playing the instructional DVD that came with it and was doing well. Thing is, the strings are very fine and my fingertips are not used to it, so after a while I had sore fingertips and if I didn't give up for the night, I'd end up getting blood on my instrument, and I really don't want that.
I really lose track of time on the computer. I was confused as to the light source outside. It's the sun. :p Ok, bed now.