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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,

    Or what's a heaven for?
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I know. Surprised me too. Especially how the bridge is angled one way and the nut the other way. But I measured it.
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    I played on one. Woo hoo!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/entries/961-Kerman-mandolin-and-the-end-of-MAS
  4. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    When you watch a Sierra Hull video not even noticing how attractive she is.

    When your wife or girlfriend catches you watching Sierra Hull videos, and you can't convince her that you didn't notice...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I think the key is to begin with the pinky. Put all the other fingers down after the pinky. That way the interdactyle space are evened out for the pinky from the start.

    I did the following amazing...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    I know I used to feel that way. When I first started using an electronic tuner i wondered if i was substituting eyes for ears. My experience is, first of all, that no tuner is accurate enough to...
  7. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    I played on Grafton St. in the middle the middle of Dublin, with some street musicians who saw me walk buy with my case. There was a guitar, a fiddle, and a wooden German style recorder of some kind....
  8. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    I am going to go with Jeff Mando on this. It is the uninvited, transgressive nature of the busking that makes it. That the busker has turned that little section of street into a music hall,...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    What has been explained to me is that mandolins are smaller than mandolas for a reason. The mandolas in general need a longer scale length. That when you try to get that much range on one...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I think you are right.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Loan it to someone you trust who will play it for fifteen years. Likely for no charge.
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    There are many cool tuning apps available. Seeing as I always have my cell phone with me, this really works in a pinch.
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I am loving this as a jam instrument. I do a couple of old time tunes that end up down in the growlers. Like Joe Thrifts's "Whiteface", and it is fun to grab me some of that bottom C course.

    Also,...
  14. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I drove down to my brother's for Thanksgiving, listening to Dolly, and came back listening to Bluegrass.

    All in all it was fine. Just fine. :)
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    Re: Mandolin vs. Mandola?

    I had both for a while. I found that even though I brought both to the jam the mandola did not see as much play. I mostly played it at home.

    Later when I only had a mandola, I kept looking for...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    I love the Snark. I suspect many of the reported battery eating problems are due to the microphone not being turned off on when you put the thing away. It keeps working there in your mandolin case,...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    I think you are right.

    There is a marvelous story in the book Piano Shop on the West Bank about a repair being done to a very old piano dated from the time of Beethoven. The piano's original maker...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    If anything that will only tell you how old the tree was when cut down. No idea how long the log just hung out, or when the top woods were cut, or how long the planks were in storage before being...
  19. Thread: Oval vs F

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    Re: Oval vs F

    My take on things:

    RESPONSE TO A TUNE PLAYED WELL ON F HOLE MANDOLIN: Oh what brilliant playing. Nailed it.

    RESPONSE TO A TUNE PLAYED WELL ON AN OVAL HOLE: Oh what a lovely tune. Just...
  20. Re: Top classical pieces every mandolin player should know

    I live three hours from the home of the Munier Mandolin Orchestra in Philadelphia. I made an arrangement with them that I would learn and practice the music on my own, make it to a few rehearsals...
  21. Thread: Dots or no dots

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    Re: Dots or no dots

    The dot on the fifth fret marks home base for third position, and the octave for the open string below. I kind of visualize it as the Mississippi River. It is the internal coast line whose cities we...
  22. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    The total musician has to be able to do it all. There are classical musicians who cannot learn by ear. And it has nothing to do with they're being paper trained. It is because they haven't worked on...
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    Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    Ummm...
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    Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    Mandolin case. As prescribed! :)
  25. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    This is a good question, but it assumes that improvisation is nothing more than composition, which is not the case. Improvisation is certainly spontaneous real time composition in front of an...
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