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  1. Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    Also pretty much any music for the violin is easy to read on the mandolin. There are many avenues to go down there. For example, my mate Alexis has got us doing some of Mazart's piano - violin...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    elbent, see my posts above about keeping a STRAIGHT WRIST. Don't bend your wrist when you play. Get a strap and adjust it so you don't have to support the mandolin when you play it. Have it hang...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    BG - I did a workshop on RT. hand technique and I'd be happy to send you the text from it if you like. PM me.

    Billy
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    ...Another thought about your problem-- I never play with my wrist bent. I have the mandolin (or guitar) positioned so my forearm and hand are straight. The tendons that control the fingers connect...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    As always I chime in about Mapes strings in Tennessee where they actually MAKE the wire for the strings.
    You can't buy them in stores, only from the factory.
    They will make up anything you like in...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    When I started with the mandolin from guitar I had issues too. Mine were in the right elbow from incorrect pick technique. I had to quit playing for about six months before it completely healed up....
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    Re: New Frets!

    The new stainless frets in the A2 are Jescar #39040-s and here is a link that show the various measurements,

    https://www.jescarguitar.com/shop/jescar-fret-wire-39040/

    I'm not a gear head but...
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    Re: Another source for Backup Tracks

    I have been using Band In A Box for years and love it. Tons of stuff to work with and I understand there are loads of material others have developed and put on the web.

    Billy
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    Re: New Frets!

    I am a full on devotee of stainless steel frets. I just can't wear them out. Only Jescar makes them and in only a few sizes, most meant for guitar. The two sizes for mandolin are the larger...
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    New Frets!

    I just got back my 1923 Gibson A2 with new stainless steel frets installed by the ever amazing Lou Stiver. We put in the narrow gauge, period correct sized frets. Lou has such a fine touch and...
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    Re: Coated like uncoated choices

    Go to the Mapes.com site and check out their options. They feature what they call 'Appalachian Moonshine' which is a light coating on the wrapped strings. It is very thin and works very well. I...
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    Re: 2 Used Gibson Mandolins

    Does one of them 'talk' to you? Make you want to play it more? Feel 'right' in your hand? Catch your eye? Do you find yourself thinking about it?

    In an intuitive way...

    If so, that's the one!...
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    Re: Is this string about dead?

    On and on...

    It's easy, just Change Your STRINGS!
    If you doubt them change them.
    I know it's a hassle but there's nothing like fresh, sparkly, crisp, new strings.
    Buy Mapes-they are better,...
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    Re: Shipping: how much???

    Maybe the USPS can vary where you are but they have been exemplary in my experience.
    I shipped one mandolin to Ireland, another as close as 168 miles away as well as others near and far and I have...
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    Re: My New A-Style Pomeroy...

    Great letter, Toby! Your enthusiasm is contagious while so many here loose track of what you have your finger on - love and excitement for your mandolin. That is going to inspire you more than...
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    I had the same problem, same finger 5-7 years ago or so. I kept it in a splint like you and gave up playing for the prescribed time, (6 weeks or so) and I healed up perfectly. Nothing residual. ...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Hey Mike!! Are you a school teacher? College prof? You sound like you are handing out an assignment!!!

    Billy
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    Re: Stiver mandolin registry

    I have #193 made in 1990 and it's a pure delight. I just sold #339 from 2013 with a tight grain adi top that is incredible
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    Mapes Stings

    I am an ardent fan of Mapes strings and have been using them for a number of years now. Mapes has made piano strings for over 100 years as well as wire supplies for the other string sellers. They...
  20. Re: My new (old) toy! Ratliff #8 sept 1983

    LOL !
    You look to be one VERY happy man indeed.
    Congratulations.

    Billy
  21. Re: My Levin Mandolin, Master Model 42 from 1955

    Nice job, Alvaro! I like your Levin. We rarely see them here in the states.

    Lovely song, where is it from?

    Billy

    billypackardmandolin.com
  22. Thread: MiniFlex

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    MiniFlex

    When I first got my Gilchrist A3 in 1993 I had a Mini-Flex mike installed. It extended from the endpin mount into the inside of the mandolin. It used a small hearing aid battery that installed in...
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    Percentages

    I've always used onboard pickups. Actually the very first was a mike mounted inside my mandolin. The convenience is what has held the most appeal for me, plug and play. The K&K's that I'm...
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    Re: string gauge calculator

    HI Andy, I have been using Mapes strings for years and they are a great company. They actually manufacture the wire used by most all of the other string sellers. You can put together any gauge set...
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    Alexis and I are lucky to have each other to play with at home but we really, really miss giging and playing for others.

    Billy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8PvsqK3O-o
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