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    Re: Gear for Electric Mandolin

    Lots of love here for Quilter amps like the (admittedly pricey) MicroPro. I played through one at a jam with my electric and was impressed. I used the overdrive channel for a smidge of clipping,...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    If you insure it for a substantial amount UPS will bury it in a nest of bubble wrap and it will arrive in perfect condition. I've shipped guitars with them. Four mandolins from England arrived at my...
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    I find a sharp cut at around 1K is sweet for almost all mandolin pickups. Mainly this is because the top is acoustically weak in that range so a pickup that is inappropriately flat in response will...
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    Re: A Question for the Theory Geeks

    The chart is perfectly sensible and readable. I would notate it exactly as you did.

    Ab minor to G major is a cool move and not illegal.
  5. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    This effect adds to it but is reduced arbitrarily to zero with an extremely low nut. I tested that by lowering strings to barely useful height, and still got sharp readinngs.

    A shortening offers...
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    Re: Intonation

    It doesn't mean anything to say A is in tune, as it has to agree usefully with all other notes. You could as well tune the C to a standard and then ensure the others agree usefully.

    If there were...
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    Re: Intonation

    You can't draw definite conclusions with testing each fret with a strobe tuner for best results. Peterson sells a app for smartphones for $9.
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    Re: Getting static suddenly

    "Static" is not well defined, but I guess you don't mean AC hum. My Ryder would make scratchy noises as my fingers brushed the pickguard, or appropriately named scratch plate. I glued ordinary...
  9. Re: Did LR Baggs make a mandolin pickup 30 years ago?

    Baggs did make a bridge pickup, Don Stiernberg's Nugget has one, as does Drew Emmitt's. Both sound fabulous with no special EQ. You may be lucky and have the same model. They do not sell one now,...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Donnie gives us a long list, Bill Frisell says learn one tune. Both are correct, you have to start with one tune, but you have to learn lots of tunes. The first tune will show what the basic idea...
  11. Re: Octave mandolin e-string general question

    The amount of down-force on the bridge affects the top's response, and a high-tension string might constrain top movement. Singles at JustStrings (GHS) cost 50 cents each between .013 and .015"....
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Benjamin's advice is good.

    It's a good product, looks to me. You won't waste your money.

    As a general rule, to practice a particular rhythm you need to play or sing it slowly enough that the...
  13. Re: Fender FM60E 5 string electric mando intonation...

    Gauges for the C should be between .048 and .056. I liked the larger one for my 5-string but use .048 for 10-string. For some players, light strings deflect too easily and bend sharp, but normally...
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    Shenandoah Medley from 5x 2

    I updated my medley, which was first inspired by Bill Frisell's CD "Good Dog, Happy Man". I follow a version of Shenandoah with Frisell's title tune, and then add John Scofield's "The Boss's Car"...
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    Re: Round Bevel vs Speed Bevel

    My Dunlop Ultex picks are beveled symmetrically. I tried rounding the edge and it loses a lot of interesting tone. I can darken tone as needed by angling, but need the sharp edge for brighter tone.
  16. Re: What is the name of the piece Mike Marshall is playing?

    I might be wrong but it sounds more as if he is riffing on a generic chord progression. Because Mike is so musical he can riff beautifully on anything.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I have always been a one-instrument player, only one guitar in my rock days, only one viola in orchestra days. I own two acoustic 10-strings from the same maker and two electric 10-strings. This only...
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    Re: Why is Low humidity a problem?

    Arched instruments especially are sensitive to humidity causing dimensional change. This should not be a problem if everything shrinks or expands equally. In lractice I find all modern instruments...
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    Re: Setting up a new Asian-made four string

    The basic principles apply. Go to emando.com for string sets and info.

    I would ensure the nut is low enough -- with such a short distance to the next fret the deflection angle is steep, risking...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    I have been working on Tarrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for years. It has helped my picking a lot, developing a smooth duo style. Ruggiero Ricci arranged it for violin, putting it C. Evan...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    Hamilton de Holanda published his 24 Caprichos, which are written for and performed by him on 10-string mandolin. To my knowledge these are the only pieces expressly for 10-string. You can download...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    A five-course instrument gets you to useful accompanying and solo roles. There is enough range to offer chords that don't pull focus from a melody, whether singer or instrument. And the range also...
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    Re: Solo Recordings - 1 Mandolin

    I have a release waiting to be listed at CD Baby, of unaccompanied 10-string. Any day now. Title will be "5 x 2".

    Selections include Bach, Choro, Folk and Jazz.
  24. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    The joke is because the viola doesn't work very well, but is appreciated anyway. I speak as a former violist.

    But the viola, in the other direction, proves that playability is more important than...
  25. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    You could get precise wth Graham McDonald's calculator page: https://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/stringxxiii.html

    But not hard to get really close. Starting with your favorite gauge for G3, say .038,...
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