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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    Hi Barry. For a local reference, it cost me $292 Cdn all in for Brian Dubbledam to do a partial refret (first 12 frets) on my Eastman in 2017. Eastmans have rather narrow fret wire that is prone to...
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    Re: Kentucky Nu Hyde gig bag

    I had one for a short time that came with a mandolin I ended up returning. The gigbag had a good zipper, cushioned neck support and was well padded. The outside seemed durable and the backpack...
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    Re: Kentucky Nu Hyde gig bag

    I have one and it's very nice for a light weight bag. The zippers feel strong, it is padded nicely and it will protect from scratches and minor bumps, but it is not a replacement for a case. I...
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    Music, Always New :-)

    Dear mandolinist friends around the world,

    what a year this has been! Looking back at the time that has elapsed since last spring, it may at first seem interminable. To put this ordeal in some...
  5. Re: Info: about Irish online Academy mando & octave mando courses

    I have been using the Online Academy of Irish Music for several months now and have worked through the bouzouki classes, a tenor banjo class, and have begun to learn tinwhistle. Previously, I had...
  6. Re: Info: about Irish online Academy mando & octave mando courses

    I have been using the Mandolin Basics lessons since April as a way to cope with the pandemic. It’s working. I like that you can go back to a lesson over and over. I’ve logged on 450 times. The...
  7. Re: Info: about Irish online Academy mando & octave mando courses

    I didn't see any octave mandolin courses listed, though there is a Bouzouki Progressions course taught by Alan Reid and he's a monster of a player, so I'm sure that one would be great stuff.
  8. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    Classical, Celtic, World, Nordic, Scottish, Folk, etc. The oddball stuff. Not much Bluegrass, but occasionally I like to learn an Monroe tune.
  9. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I put the Thomastiks (Heavy, whatever they call that) on the MTO last night, played it for about a half hour, tuned it back up and put it away. Came home today, every string was still in tune except...
  10. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I get a little longer out of them than I do a phosphor bronze.
  11. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I am partial to 80/20 bronze strings on ovals. I think they bring out that characteristic, chime-y, bell-like sound.
  12. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I use CM Bluegrass on my Girouard F4 and CM Monels on my Girouard A oval !
  13. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I don't own a Collings MTO so this can be taken with several grains of salt. With my 1916 F-4 I have tried many types of strings including TI mittels and have settled on D'Addario EFW-74 flat wound...
  14. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    When I had my MT-O I really liked Curt Mangan Bluegrass mediums on it.
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    iReal Pro Charts

    Hola Y'all-amos,

    I don't post as much as I would like to on the MandoCafe but I thought I'd at least post a link to some iReal Pro Charts that I've posted over on the iReal Pro Forums. I've...
  16. Re: Backing Irish music with guitar after playing mandolin melody

    You may find Chris Smith's book useful to give you an insight into the whole subject of backing.
    Celtic Backup For All Instruments
    I bought it to help with my Tenor guitar and Mandoloncello backing...
  17. Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    that's OK :)
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    Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    I see it now Rob, missed it the first time I looked.
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    it's got the optional mic input - there are two jack ins. the switches above the jack inputs dictate what type of input IIRC
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    Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    You can send a mixed signal to the board, but you would have to have a pre with a piezo input (1M) and a more standard input. A fishman amp might be an easy way to blend, it has one channel for a...
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    Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    Opps, double posted this, sorry.
  22. Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    Barry
    To elaborate on what I sent you - my bass player was using his for mixing his two pickups on his double bass. One's a kind of magnetic, the other a piezo in the bridge.

    Hope that helps. ...
  23. Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    Don't know if I fully understand but...
    https://www.headwaymusicaudio.com/product/edb-2-h-e-pre-order/
    and the older
    https://www.headwaymusicaudio.com/product/edb-2/
    the latter seems to have been...
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    Re: Has anyone use a K&K Dual channel preamp

    I may be remembering wrong, but the Phoenix Jazz has one magnetic pickup and that doesn't need a preamp and should go straight into an amp. Preamp on a transducer is a must, magnetic pickup, not...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    Monels and Silk and Steel are favorites on my MTO.
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