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  1. Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    Ah yes, the perennial question of opportunity cost. What do you give up for activity A, when pursuing activity B?

    I'm a multi-instrumentalist on guitar (40 years), mandolin (12 years), octave...
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    Re: Trillium Octave mandolin string gauge

    Barry, I know you're following the luthier's recommendation, which is always a good start. However, you may find like I did with my 22" scale Weber OM using that D'Addario J80 set, that the .012 on...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I would submit that it's still a difference in degree (and not quality).

    Maybe it's different in your group, in which case you may be closer to how professional orchestra members can get off the...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    You've just described business as usual in a typical OldTime jam or Irish trad session. :)

    We have to stay flexible and use our ears in an Irish session because the setting of a tune downloaded...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    True, but I have noticed a phenomenon with people who pick up an instrument later in life as an "Adult learner" in any genre involving sheet music, where it becomes a security blanket and they don't...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    If you care about being able to memorize tunes and join in jams with other amateurs where that's the norm, then don't give up too quickly! Like any musical skill, it takes time to develop, and...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    And Courtney Love... :whistling:
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    How many luthiers are making exact copies of the design? And how many are incorporating their own ideas and improvements? How many customers actually don't want a Loar copy, and want something a...
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    Re: Waverly tuner bushing reliability

    I installed Waverly tuners on my Lebeda F5 mandolin around 4 years ago, and my Weber F Octave mandolin a year after that. That's not a long time as these things go, but I haven'd had any trouble with...
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    Re: Tunes on the old Sobell

    Some mighty tune sets there, Kevin!

    Not a single tune I was familiar with, and that's the beauty of this music. There is always another hill to climb. Wonderful stuff there.
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Right, hand-carry of Appendix II wood across borders is not a problem, but it does affect more than just businesses. It affects every musician who sells on Ebay or other outlets, where the shipping...
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    Whole hog is a lotta work! I've only been to one hog pickin' party, many years ago in Miami. It was done Cuban style (or some variant), with a pit dug in a friend's back yard. Coals lit and spread,...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    That's a good argument for anyone who has a selection of decent quality mandolins. In this case however, the OP is talking about replacing a cheaply made mandolin with a plywood top, currently...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I used to worry about that a little bit, back when I was doing more gigs. The way I rationalized it, was that chances were pretty low that something would happen at the actual gig, so I wouldn't...
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    Nuthin' fancy, just hot dogs on the grill, BBQ beans, homemade coleslaw, chips. We're usually low-key on the 4th. No family in town, staying at home to avoid the tourist traffic (this small town goes...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    That may not be universal for fiddlers. The two local fiddlers I know well, play only their best instrument while still owning a few others as backups or loaners. One is a local violin/fiddle teacher...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    The best argument I can think of for sticking to one mandolin, is if your available mandolins are in a "vertical" range of playability, build quality, and tone ranging from entry-level to much better...
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    Re: Signal Channel

    Current rig:

    Mandolin --> DPA 4099 clip-on mic --> Mixer

    That's a small mixer I keep within reach for EQ, a very light touch of digital reverb, and switching instrument mics. From there, it...
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    Re: Jamming-What to do?

    I know the OP said he wasn't looking for advice on which instrument to pick between guitar and mandolin, but I'll toss in an idea anyway. Why not try an octave mandolin?

    OMs are guaranteed to...
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Speaking of Guild, have you ever seen a Guild Studio 24? I had one of these for a few years. Very cool acoustic guitar, fabulous neck, but the body was too thin for a good acoustic sound. Remind you...
  21. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I'll join you and drag out an "authentic" mid-1930's, steel body fiddle-edge, roundneck Dobro. The last from what used to be a small collection I had. The brand name that Gibson killed.

    It's a...
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The motivation, at least judging from the YouTube video that was pulled, seemed to be aimed not just at small shop luthiers, but at driving guitar buyers to buy the Gibson brand through FUD tactics...
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    Re: Adventures in Clip-On Mics

    You can't use a normal volume boost pedal, because the mic needs bias power from the XLR adapter being fed phantom power from the mixer. It's also a low-level signal so it needs a preamp ahead of the...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    A similar scenario where an owned property was allowed to lie fallow for years, has played out more recently with the Dobro brand. Gibson bought it, and seemed to take it seriously for a short while....
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    Re: Using DPA4099 Wirelessly

    The 4099 only needs a small amount of voltage called "bias power" that the XLR adapter steps down from the mixer's phantom power. Wireless transmitters (body packs) supply that, if they're designed...
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