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    Re: Chord Exercises

    It’s not quite what you want, but Sharon Gilchrist’s class on improv on peghead nation has a very simple approach to some chord forms inside a standard progression. Would get you started, and you can...
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    I decided to spruce up my sea foam case. Maybe I went a bit overboard!



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    Re: playing partner{s]

    I have a bunch of friends who use JamKazam. FWIW, to make it work well, there are a few restrictions:

    - can’t really handle more than about 4 or 5 people at once
    - you need to be wired in...
  4. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    I have a 23 A2 with the wire frets. Just had Frank Ford at Gryphon refret about half of them, it sounds and feels great. I think they slide just fine (I also have modern instruments with big frets)
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Pre-covid, I was going to take Marla’s in person Irish mandolin seminar (she’s the woman in the video). Before class she sent some exercises for us - the point of them being in Irish, pick direction...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    I met Iwamoto-San last year and played in that jam. The bar is called Moon Stomp, in Koenji. He’s really nice and the whole crowd was incredibly welcoming. I saw one of his instruments in a store...
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I also have a big muddy. I used a trick I saw in a violin luthier book - put a him strip of Teflon plumbing tape under the bridge. Makes it a lot louder. Also out a red murphy 11 hole bridge on it....
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I travel a lot with a flatiron flattop. mc-2 I thjnk. Itís really great. I keep it in a soft uke case and can tuck it above the luggage on a plane, etc. itís got a great tone and volume and is very...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    I have an old Calton and a new Hoffee. I like the calton better. The hoffee is both bigger and heavier, and not seemingly for good reasons. Also the gloss cost scratches if you glance at it. My wife...
  10. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    I make fountain pens as a hobby and I’ve always thought that the acrylic pen blanks would make interesting inlay. Easy to cut as well, tons of really wild colors.

    Here’s an example seller, there...
  11. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    I have one of the F-4 jr Gil’s - the one TME sold a few months back. I don’t think you’ll have any regrets.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I started learning using jack tuttleís mandolin primer, which has tab. Then after about 20 songs I flipped over to the fiddle primer which has similar arrangements for all the same songs, and just...
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    Re: last silverangel econo of 2019

    I have one of these redwood econo models. Hugely underrated instrument. It’s one of my favorites to play, really great tone and super comfortable.
  14. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    Just to add to the thread -I’ve done exactly this (Flatiron flattop in a gig bag) many times on international flights with no issues. The rogue is small like the flatiron so you can likely stick it...
  15. Thread: Oval vs F

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    Re: Oval vs F

    I agree! I have one of those too and it’s surprisngly flexible and rich.
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    I know what you mean - that’s why I wondered about this originally, it didn’t have that style of f-holes. I didn’t know that all Stradolins do. Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    Ah, that makes sense. I don’t really know the history of these makers that well. This is the back of the peghead.

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    Stradolin or copy?

    I got this guy off ebay, no label at all except “made in japan” sticker on the back of the peg head. It looks a lot like the stradolins I see posted - same shape, pickguard, bridge and tailpiece. But...
  19. Re: 1922 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    I’m curious about something slightly related. Is there any information on whether Gibson paid attention to the wood quality for the different models? Does an A-4 have better wood selected for it, or...
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    Re: Big Muddy bridge

    I just found an inexpensive fret dressing kit. There’s a specific kind of file they use, plus a very straight bit of metal you use to rock against adjacent frets to see how level they are.
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    Re: Big Muddy bridge

    I have one of those that also had some buzz. It had a few high frets. Check hat if you haven’t already. It took me a few tries to level them. Also, I made one of the 11 hole bridges from Red Murphy...
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    Re: Left hand numb?

    Yes, I suspect it has something to do with my neck. I’m trying to watch the fretboard less - that’s a good suggestion.
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    Left hand numb?

    Iíve been playing mandolin for about 3 years now. For the past six months, Iíve started to feel some numbness in my left hand (usually my first two or three fingers) when I play. It goes away after I...
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    They’re not adjustable but I’ve been having really interesting results putting Red Murphy’s 11 hole solid bridges on some of my instruments. Really changes the tone. You’ll have to make one, I don’t...
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    Re: Meyer mandolin

    Elderly in Lansing seems like the obvious choice.
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