In a fit of wild optimism, I recently went and purchased myself a left-handed mandolin.
I've gotten fairly decent at the upright bass in a pretty short amount of time, and I'm teaching myself. Since everyone insisted that playing the upright would be nigh impossible, I presumed that since I found it much easier than I thought I would, then I could totally teach myself anything with strings.
I don't think I like the mandolin.
Going from playing a regular bass guitar--which is pretty large--and another bass that is six feet tall, holding this thing feels absolutely absurd. It feels like it was made for a very small child. Also the freaking thing goes out of tune if I look at it wrong.
Lil Bro#1 said he'd give me a crash course in mandolin basics, so we shall see how I do.
Lil Bro#1 learned the mandolin four years ago. And by ~"learned"~ I mean he picked up the mandolin he borrowed from his friend, googled how to tune it, tuned it by ear, and then approximately 90 seconds later played a piece of Vivaldi's music perfectly. From memory.
Lil Bro#2 and I want to set up a youtube channel wherein we blindfold Lil Bro#1 and hand him random instruments, and then take bets on how fast he can master them.