Although I strongly believe that gear is probably only responsible for about 10% of your actual sound output (a great mandolin player could get a tune out of a frying pan with 8 strings glued on), some of you may be interested in what gear I use. Please note, this is what works for me, what works for you and your mandolin could be completely the opposite to me. I am not endorsed by any of these companies, all gear choice has been a long slow, 10 year process of finding the right equipment for me, both acoustically and on stage.
Mandolin: Kristufek (Krishot if you're in America) model #269
Made in 2002 by the Czech mandolin builder Edward Kristufek, this is an amazing mandolin that has been with me since 2005. It has some odd quirks to it that make it stand out like a solid, one-piece mahogany back and a sanded down fingerboard to stop your hand slipping all over the place
Pick: Wegen Picks 1.14mm Bluegrass Plectrums
(In white so I can easily find them if I drop them on stage)