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    Re: help me build a pick set

    Thanks for that, I've never thought of my Breedlove sounding like a banjo. I'll have a try with a few mm more when we can go to shops again.
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    This is a genuine question. Since I normally use the same pick, small Dunlop 60, on the Breedlove of, the Fylde flat top and the octave mandola how might a pick upgrade improve my tone? Also will...
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    This is very interesting. I'd never really considered having a variety of plectrums. I've used the Dunlop teardrop 60mm on mandolin and octave mandola for years. I suspect it's because I'm a...
  4. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    I have found that Newtone.strings in the UK are great for Octave Mandola. If you submit your scale length and desired gauges he will custom make your sets. Excellent sound, excellent service, good...
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    Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    What I want from an amp?
    The car unloaded in one journey. Very light. Good tone. Ease of use every time. Loud enough for small gigs. Balanced Di for larger gigs. Happy with effects pedals. Able to...
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    Re: Fylde Octavius mandolin string gauge?

    Are we all discussing the same instrument? I suspect that some comments are about the Octavius Bouzouki and not the little Octavius mandolin. 11 to 40 mediums would seem to be OK, but a 52 on the...
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    Re: Fylde Octavius mandolin string gauge?

    I've used the J74s for many years on my 37 year old Octavius. Did try Redwoods a while ago, but went back to the J74s. They are bright and project well enough. It is, after all quite a quiet...
  8. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I’d also have a plan C which would be to have as many instruments as possible having the option of using pick ups with good pre amps, and to avoid wires, transmitters. We’ve just started to use the X...
  9. Re: Small speakers revisited, and we have a new winner: Sony XB-2

    In my experience, for both electric mandolin and mandola, the winner is the ZT Lunchbox. I use one at home and for gigging, with the extension speaker. It sounds good and is very portable. The new...
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    Thanks for this Verne.
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    No. Funnily enough I thought of a weak link in the chain, so I tried just a battery powered Boss SD1 on it's own with good cables and hiss was evident.
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    What is an opamp?
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    I would like a bit of overdrive for lead on the 10 string but I hate the hiss most of the pedals cause. My Line 6 could provide it without hiss on the Fender Tweed simulation but on the lightweight...
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    Re: Clip-on mic setup, anyone?

    This is a most interesting discussion. However, I'll plug the Fishman equipped Breedlove into the Bodyrez and the Mooer reverb and see you when you've found the correct spot to place the mic, told...
  15. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    Never ever thought the headline about music I've played but I've been annoyed with myself. Live recordings are awkward even into one microphone for a friend especially if you're not confident on the...
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    Re: custom build - what pickup?

    I've been using twin Strat sized, tapped humbuckers by Schaller on my 5 course 10 string for many years. They are more popular in mainland Europe than the UK but work really well.
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    Re: mixer for three instruments to one amp

    A really good bet, if you can find one is an Award Session or Morley MM4 which is 4 acoustic ins to pre amp to a mono out. Pre amp from their old Gordon Giltrap acoustic pre amp. Works perfectly but...
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    Re: Chorusing bleah

    Well what you need is a used Boss DC2 Dimension C pedal.................................
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    Re: Chorusing bleah

    I have the chorus set up on one preset of the Line 6. I use it for one song each night. I have used a Boss DC2 in the past and it was better for arpeggio chords etc. Just use what you need, when and...
  20. Re: Thoughts on getting a country sound with an electric mandolin

    I find that sound easy to get on the solid octave mandola. Tap the middle humbucker into a Fender Tweed model on the Line 6, and make sure I damp the strings. It's harder on the single humbucker...
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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    Isn't that the Lunchbox which allows you to power your pedals when pedal acquisition syndrome kicks in. That's the one thing missing from the larger output version.
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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    One really good, light, clean amp for mandolin use is the ZT Lunchbox combo, available from Alan Gregory's or Thomann since you are UK based. It's the size of Officer Dibble's lunchbox. I use one and...
  23. Re: Post a photo of your 70s-early 80s Sobell, Abnett, etc.

    I saw The Battlefield Band on several occasions way back then. When Brian left, they seemed to lose a lot of power in spite of the quality of the lineups over the following years.
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    Re: Instrument mics

    I think the issue of "then don't be afraid to demand it if that is what you need to sound like you want to sound.", is that presumably acoustic bands amplify in order to reach their audiences so you...
  25. Re: Playing longer scale mandos gets progressively more impossibl

    I think the stretches can be done on 53cm and even 58cm Octave Mandolas. When I was younger, maybe had fitter fingers and no fear it was much easier. Now I have to warm up for longer, raise the head...
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