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    Re: Pomeroy mandolins

    The classified section of Mandolin Cafe has a "Want Ads" section where people list WTB (want to buy) items. You should try posting there, instead; it's free.

    Also, if you want a new instrument,...
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    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    I'm not sure quite what to make of your last two messages. I guess I don't understand your issue. I already fixed all the red notes (duration errors) for you in the file I that attached for you in...
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    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    Here you are, HonketyHank! I fixed a number of errors in the tab you referenced above. The person (Shartel?) who first transcribed it didn't use repeats for some reason (don't know why) for the A...
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    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    TablEdit colors notes red as a warning when the measure they're in contains one or more DURATION ERRORs. For example, if you have a measure of 4/4 filled with exactly 8 eighth notes, and you decide...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The blues scale is 1-b3-4-b5-5-b7, with 6 notes. If you add the natural 7th, you will have a heptatonic scale consisting of 1-b3-4-b5-5-b7-7. VERY FEW scales include both natural and dominant...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The reason is simple: The blues tend to get played in the keys of A and E simply because these are easy keys for the guitar, and they offer many open strings and low-position hand placements. Lots...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    I would strongly urge you to avoid those (glueless) adherent clear plastic pickguards for a mandolin! The unreacted plasticizers found in most of these clear sheets (like the ones sold by Taylor...
  8. Re: What should i'l buy to clean the neck and the frets?

    Yes, you can use the Gibson instrument polish, but I would instead recommend using a soft cloth, slightly dampened with water and perhaps a drop of a mild detergent. For the cloth, you can use a...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    The abbreviated pickguards (fingerrests) found these days on many A5 and F5 model mandolins only require two tiny holes (1/16") drilled into the bottom edge of the fretboard extension. These two...
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    I once accidentally left my banjo behind, in the back of a pickup truck. Quickly realizing my mistake, I returned to the pickup, but found out that I was too late! There were now two banjos in the...
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    Re: High action - is this fixable?

    It depends! You didn't specify what kind of mandolin it is! Bowl-back? Flat-top? A4/F4 or A5/F5? Does it have a truss rod? How many frets to the neck?

    If the neck has developed a slight bow,...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Ask yourself this question: Are your And or E strings much harder to fret at the first fret than at the second fret? If so, then your nut is almost certainly too high, which is a common problem with...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Huh? As a musician, how can you possibly be appreciated if you cannot be heard?
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you put aside mandolin-like instruments from consideration (such as resonator mandolins and banjolins) and just concentrate on regular, wooden mandolins, then yes, volume is a very desired quality...
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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    Wow. Are you a closet hoarder, or just the kinda guy who can't quite seem to make up his mind? :))

    As for me, I would be inclined to trade that entire pile for a single, say, Blue Chip CT55...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    The numbers of users (1707) is only 15% of the peak value (11,326), and there are more folks online right now as I write (over 2000). Also, consider that quite a number of users log on from Europe,...
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    Re: Cedar Hill

    Thanks, Dawg! Now, if only I could get the pinky on my tiny hands to stretch up to the 8th fret, for E.M.D!
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    Re: What kind of tuners are these?

    Interesting. The need for hand engraving might have justified the high price demanded for Waverly tuners in the past, but by changing to CNC engraving (apparently, with less depth and definition),...
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    Re: Cedar Hill

    How ironic. The Franklin stove, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1741, was, without a doubt, a scientific wonder in its day. It was carefully researched by Franklin. His stove had a special hollow...
  20. Re: Midnight on the Water-10.Anniversary of my Pomeroy A2 Mandol

    Sweet recording. Thought I recognized Mt. Sopris in your slides, and the Roaring Fork Valley with the Aspens turning colors. Reminds me of my childhood in Colorado. (I own Pomeroy #8 from 2003, and...
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    Re: Cedar Hill

    Yes, TablEdit is perfectly capable of displaying the standard notation as well as the tab, for the "tab challenged" -- who, evidently, are also "uninterested by choice." :))
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    Are you referring to these two breaks that Tim O'Brien takes with Hot Rize? Great mando work, as ever -- but I don't hear any split tuning. He does, however, perform some string bends out of...
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    Yup, pretty much the only Monroe tune is "Get Up John," tuned to F#A-DD-AA-AD (low to high). But Sam Bush was evidently inspired by this to tune his four-string resonator mandolin to A-D-A-D, which...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    I would not recommend using bleach directly on a gig bag made of fabric. The bleach can fade and/or damage the fabric, and it might not penetrate it to get all the mildew. Yes, ozone treatment is a...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    +1 for ozone treatment! It not only kills all the mildew and mold, but it also eliminates the characteristic smell of dead mold, which otherwise can linger for long after the fungus has been...
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