So – if you have a mandolin, and suddenly notice it has a crack developing, here’s what not to do:
1. Ignore it and wait to see if it gets bigger
2. When it does get bigger, keep ignoring it
3. Make a note that some time you must get it sorted
4. Use a different one while you wait to send it to the repair guy.
Yes, I’m talking from experience: my Paris mandolin is now officially firewood. The worst case of mashed mandolin since we smashed an Ovation mandolin up on stage in the Rumpus days.