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  1. Re: Tell me your experiences with rechargeable tuners

    Rechargeable batteries donít matter if I canít read the display in sunlight. Iím also a big fan of the Unitune. Which of the rechargeable units have very bright displays that are visible outdoors...
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    Re: Played my first gig

    Congrats, enjoy the journey. On one of my first open mics (~5 years ago), Iím playing with a guitar player. I have my song printed on a sheet in front of me. I start playing and singing my first...
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    Re: Thoughts on a 2005 Eastman

    I had a 2004 Breedlove Quartz, and now have a 2014 Eastman 505. This year I considered switching back to the Breedlove, but ended up keeping the Eastman, because it was not worth the effort to switch...
  4. Re: Best Mandolin for Traveling From Sea Level to High Desert?

    Keep your mandolin in a good humidified case when not in use and the Eastman should be fine. I take my mandolin from 25% indoor to 70% rh (& back) when flying cross county without a problem. In...
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    Re: Wireless mandolin connection

    The Xvive U2 specifies the latency as 6ms which should not be detectable. I would expect there to be noticeable (~50ms) latency if I was standing 50 feet way from my band and listening to both the...
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    Re: Sell THE LOAR and get an f hole flatiron

    My 1980’s Flatiron had great tone, but I sold it because I didn’t like the neck profile. I think a 2 day trial to look at all aspects of playing is important before deciding on the purchase.
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    Re: Wireless mandolin connection

    Thanks for the comments. Before trying the Xvive I would plug my cable directly into the sound system and could adjust the tone to be ok. With the Xvive I need to use the Pure Preamp to get rid of...
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    Wireless mandolin connection

    I got a Xvive U2 wireless audio connection for my mandolin. I primarily want to use it for gig sound checks or for moving into the audience if needed for sound adjustments between sets. Use a K&K...
  9. Re: Finely controlling humidity seems to be a "must", but I wonde

    My old house in Wisconsin only tolerates mid 20% RH when it’s very cold outside. I use Oasis in-case humidifiers, which hold the case RH to about 45% when measured with a wireless humidity sensor. ...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    After reading this thread, I decided to try a set of flatwound EFW74 on my MD505. My 1st observations are: harder to install since the strings donít bend as easily, donít seem to stretch much, ...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    I have a 5 year old MD505 that I bought new, and later installed a K&K pickup. I’d suggest you have a 2 day trial on any mandolin you purchase. I think both tone and playability (neck profile,...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    I have a Collings and and an 505 A Style Eastman. I think with a buyers trial, Eastman’s new or used are very good value for the money. You can get one used, install a K&K pickup for $200 and stay...
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    Re: What's the best room/apt humidifier?

    In winter I humidify my cases, which keep my mandolins between a happy 45% -50% rh. They are often cased when then not being played. I have whole house humidification, but live in an old house in...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    EJ74 on my 505. I tried monel, but did not like the feel.
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I switched to the Primetone 1.4 picks about a year ago and think they are excellent. I’d be happy to pay $100 for a pick if I thought it noticeably improved my tone or playing. I’ve tried and...
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    Re: Strap recommendation for Octave

    Thanks for the comments, I will add a heel strap button.
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    Strap recommendation for Octave

    I need to get a strap for my Eastman octave mandolin. Any positive experiences? I would typically add a heel strap button but Iím not sure about the balance. Since it's guitar sized, would...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    My experience is that most folks need; fast upload speed, wired ethernet, an external USB Audio Interface that bypasses the computer audio, and a microphone and headphones for a reasonable jamming...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    I routinely play online with Jamkazam with about a 50 ms time delay, in-person playing is more like 10 ms. Online does not feel like a tight jam, more like a pickup group jam. What latency do you...
  20. Re: 'Good Vibrations' for 7 mandolins and 3 mandocellos

    This is great, thanks!
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    If you have good internet upload speeds and can manage the technology, then I think Jamkazam works ok for online playing with 1 or 2 others. My typical delay is similar to playing with someone 50...
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    Re: Finally had to set up my humidifier this year

    The Oasis seems to work great. It is also important to use a good quality mandolin case. When I checked with my wireless bluetooth humidity sensor I see about a 5% higher humidity level in a...
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    Re: Finally had to set up my humidifier this year

    I live in a northern climate and my old house would have bad condensation problems if the indoor humidity was 40% and it was 0F outdoors. I use a whole house humidifier and maintain a maximum...
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    Re: Strap Button Washer

    Also easy to get online
    Fender Strap Blocks Strap Locking System (set of 4) - Black/Red for under $3
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    Primetone is clearer and with more sustain to my ears compared to the wegen and clown barf.
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