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Sep-21-2005, 5:12pm
A few other threads here on the Cafe got me to thinking about some of the great tools we have now to enhance our enjoyment of the mandolin.

Several years ago I bought a minidisc machine, a Sharp 722 to be exact. #I can't say enough good things about minidiscs. #After struggling for years with cassette recorders, the minidisc is an absolute breath of freah air! #It's so much easier to record, find what you want and make edits, I don't know how I could live without it. #I use mine to record rehearsals, my own practice sessions and music lessons. #I also use minidisc extensively for my radio programming as well.

So here's this puppy. #A Sharp 722 (which was discontinued years ago) along with a Soundpro SPSM1 single-point T stereo mic. #I connect the mic using a right-angle jack which can be obtained at Radio Shack. #I find the battery life is great too. #I also like the "jog dial" feature, whcih allows you to scroll through the function menus by rotating the dial. #Very easy to use and it sounds great.

So what are some of your favs?

Tim Saxton
Sep-21-2005, 6:54pm
This is my personal favorite.

Tim Saxton

Jim Hilburn
Sep-21-2005, 8:26pm
So I saw a guy at Winfield recording with an I-pod with some sort of mic attachment on it. I'm completely MP-3 illiterate anyway, but who knows the scoop on this?

Sep-21-2005, 8:59pm
One of my faviorite tools/gadgets is the spring hook. I use it for many things mando related and non mando related.
The one in the picture item A, the push pull is my fav.

Sep-21-2005, 10:45pm
I think those would be my wife's favorite gadget while I'm practicing http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Sep-22-2005, 5:08am
Hey MANDOLINMYSTER, Would you mind letting me know where to get that set, on or off list?
Mucho grass if you would,

Sep-22-2005, 5:23am
So I saw a guy at Winfield recording with an I-pod with some sort of mic attachment on it. I'm completely MP-3 illiterate anyway, but who knows the scoop on this?
Jim, it's likely to be the iTalk (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italk/) or a similar product. They are not very efficient passed voice recording, as they produce 8kHz, 16 bit mono WAV files. The handy side is the capacity...


Sep-22-2005, 6:09am
barricwiley,Look up Crawford Tools, they have a nice selection of tech tools.

Sep-22-2005, 8:04am
Thanks, going there asap.
I also agree that minidiscs are a great thing if you have one that can hook up a mike. Toss that puppy in the middle of the floor and pick away, then listen and critque(sp?)
I do that while on a run, nice.
Richard http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Sep-22-2005, 8:06am

Sep-22-2005, 8:10am
Second favorite gadget is the Presonus Firebox A->D firewire computer interface (http://www.presonus.com)

$300 now, and it runs mikes into your home computer with much better sound quality than was available in most studios as recently as a couple years ago!


Sep-22-2005, 8:29am

Cross 0.5mm mechanical pencil.

Ken Sager
Sep-22-2005, 9:16am
My favorite:

Sep-22-2005, 9:56am
Here's a pic of one of my favorite little gadgets... a Dudenbostel peg winder. Closest I'll ever get to a Dudenbostel mandolin!


Sep-22-2005, 9:57am
Doh...here's the pic.

Sep-22-2005, 11:48am
My pickup.

Jim Hilburn
Sep-22-2005, 12:52pm
I got to hang out with Mark, the inventor of the Intellitouch at Winfield and what a facinating story of having an idea, figuring out how to finance it and develop it and turn it into a great success. They still will repair them no matter what happens and build them in the States for complete quality control. Of coarse Seiko,Yamaha and Korg are all over the idea now, but think about who gave us the original when you need a new tuner.

Sep-22-2005, 10:18pm
Photo from Samson


Text from Full Compass:

The C01U USB Studio Condenser Mic is the first affordable studio condenser mic with a direct USB output.

For the first time ever, musicians who record music on computers have a simple, affordable way to capture high-quality vocal and acoustic instrument performances. Seamless integration was the idea, and it was obtained by creating a studio condenser microphone that can be plugged into any computer with no in/out boxes, no expensive computer pre-amps, just a USB cable.

The C01U condenser microphone is based on our wildly successful C01. It features a 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragm with a cardioid pick up pattern ensuring pristine studio quality recordings.

The C01U works perfectly on any computer, Mac or PC, and with any DAW software program. It immediately solves a huge problem for users of many laptops, many of which have no other input method for audio devices. Priced at just $79 MAP* it is also well within the price range of DAW hobbyists and beginners.


Industry’s first affordable USB Studio Condenser mic
Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB input
Cardioid Pickup Pattern
Large 19mm Diaphragm
Heavy Gauge Mesh Grill
Smooth, Flat Frequency Response
USB connection cable included
Looks like a neat toy...

Sep-23-2005, 10:37am
Thought these were bogus until I was given one. I use something on it all the time.

Sep-23-2005, 10:38am
My other favorite gadget

Sep-23-2005, 12:48pm
ipod NANO 4GB

Sep-23-2005, 1:08pm
It's the Dr. Slick fishing plier (although I just use them for string changes). Comes with a handy holster (not shown). No joke, these things are great!

Sep-24-2005, 3:59pm
Now this post beats any other on the board! #Thanks Pete, you may not be THE man, but you're one of them.

Kent Barnes
Sep-24-2005, 6:50pm
Here's my recently acquired favorite:


Brad Weiss
Sep-25-2005, 10:25am

This little dude (picture a pack of Trident gum- but a bit smaller!) also records, has an FM radio, and can be a little hard drive if needed. #200 bucks well spent

Sep-26-2005, 2:06pm

Hey, winter's coming. Don't have a pic of my boards online but do have a pic of my boots. Nice basic black with just a glint of sparkle and color on the buckles. It's amazing how many ski boots are really dorky looking. I love my Dobies; simple; no gadgets; and they ski great.

Sep-28-2005, 5:12pm
Well I was trying to stick with mandolin-related gadgets.

Here's favorite #2...a guitar/mandolin stand from Konig & Meyer. #What I especially love about this baby is it folds up and fits into my backpack. #It's incredibly sturdy and the guitar/mandolin will not tip over. #Since there is no neck support you don't have to re-adjust it between instrument changes.

mad dawg
Sep-28-2005, 5:28pm
My other mandoline...

Oct-04-2005, 9:24am
The Global G-4 Oriental Chef's Knife.

Oct-04-2005, 10:55am
Everybody seems to have found images anti-aliased to the white background. Are all the geeks here also photoshop geeks? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Oct-04-2005, 11:02am
Say what?

Chip Booth
Oct-05-2005, 1:18pm
Everybody seems to have found images anti-aliased to the white background. Are all the geeks here also photoshop geeks? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
I'm going with.. yes (although I found this pic already on white)


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