British English, haha.... Rober Maxwell the newspaper magnate and big-time fraud, was often referred to in the English papers as 'the dud Czech', well in the papers he didn't own at any rate. Prucha banjos are quality stuff by any standards
I can't play the mando, never tried. I have the sort of hands that go with 30 years in the oil patch, I have a wide-neck uke banjo that I mess about with sometimes but only that.
I don't have a bluegrass background at all. My background is more folk and country ( in the British sense ) and I play 4-string sometimes, mainly 5-string. The balalaika was surprisingly easy, it has 3 strings tuned A-E-E and you strum it like a uke banjo or mando, lots of tremolos and fingered shapes repeated up and down the neck; I had a 20" short-scale travel banjo with me tuned to open A so it was simple to play a strummed chord sequence for backing on the balalaika with the melody on the banjo
Mongo only pawn in game of life