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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    All hale Rod Neep. Demonstrating the naked joy of a new mandolin. Watch this and you will no longer be confused as to why we keep wanting new ones.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDt-YKYrziY
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    There is some truth to that. You will save a bunch of money if you never see that thing you have wanted all your life and can't live without. :)
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I don't know any musicians, at any level of proficiency, professional or not, that eventually do not have more than one of whatever it is they play. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards,...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Alternative view:

    Don't try and fight nature. The pinky is not a fully independent finger. Like a pet on a leash, it is tethered to the ring finger. The pinky has independence and strength, but...
  5. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I knew a guy that would purchase expensive guitars, radio gear, and/or fishing gear, at full retail prices, enjoy the ownership for a month or two, and then sell them "on the secondary market" for a...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Great recommendation. There are quite a few easily available on line or at physical music stores. I don't think it matters which one you get. And you just work the book from the beginning. With your...
  7. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I think there are not enough data points to make any kind of defend-able conclusion. Four transactions out of how many, hundreds at least maybe into the thousands over enough time.

    Even so, a more...
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    Re: do many of you mix strings

    I have messed around with mixing from among various sets of strings. It hasn't, in my case, made enough difference to settle in on a mixed set. What makes the most difference to me is just changing...
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    Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    In performance, as opposed to jamming, I prefer that someone bent on innovation mess with the arrangement of the old time tune, perhaps even the chord choices, rather than change the tune. The tune...
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    Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    A curmudgeonly comment follows, that is probably not news to anyone, but I cannot seem to overcome my baser instincts and leave this alone.

    What I absolutely love about old time music is that we...
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    I agree that mandolins, and most musical instruments, are very visually appealing if not actually works of art. That to me is not enough, however, to leave them in a stand or on a wall, subject to...
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    I have thought of doing things like that. Years ago someone on the site found a bunch of bowl backs that had been previously picked over for anything remotely viable as in instrument. What was left...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    A while back, at a mixed jam, mixed in that we allowed a banjo or two, but did not cater to them by staying one key. With every key change they had to change tuning.

    I poked fun at them, saying...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I lucked out very early in my mandolinning. My first mandolin a Terada, was destroyed in a locked car in the summer heat. I played a Flatiron Mandola for a while, but then purchased a Gibson 1923 A2...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    What a beautiful mandolin.
  16. Thread: Happened to you?

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    Re: Happened to you?

    I held a house concert in my family room, and suddenly the hanging ceiling lamp sympathetically vibrated at almost f natural. Had to damp it with Kleenex or something once we figured out what was...
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    Re: Some Questions on New Purchase

    My guess is that it was originally intended as a guitar family instrument. Regardless of the size the give away for me is the ninth fret dot. Guitars do that. Instruments tuned in fifths most of the...
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    I really prefer to play with folks a bit ahead of me. I like a jam where I don't know about 2/3 of the tunes. I like being stretched.

    That said, it is only a preference, and I tend to play with...
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    Re: Doubling on Mandolin and Fiddle

    I am trying to add a few entertainment things to my playing out. I am working on getting my feet "into the act" by "dancing" while sitting and playing mandolin. (I always play sitting, always). I am...
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    Re: To Gibson or not?

    There is wisdom in the statement that if you really can't hear a difference save the money.



    My view is to avoid any thinking about investment. It leads to ridiculous behavior like not playing...
  21. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Classified, classified, classified. OMG classifieds.
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    You will get a lot out of just listening, and eventually, sooner than you think, you will be able to contribute.

    As you probably already know, but for those who might not, it is good that they see...
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    Re: I'm beginning to want to play classical

    It really is. It also helps to be willing to be overwhelmed on a regular basis. :)



    I totally agree. Great book.
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    Re: Left hand position

    I am greatly in sympathy with the technique shown in this video!
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    Opinion sought - opinion provided:

    A brand new and better instrument does not solve any technique problems. It gives you a new and better instrument on which to have those problems.

    With proper...
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