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  1. Thread: Carbon mandolins?

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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Iíve been waiting on Marty Jacobson near Atlanta to get his CF process down. Iíve always respected his work. And, as a recently new owner of a McPherson CF Touring 6 string, Iím loving the CF...
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    Re: If picks could talk!

    I primarily play Bluechips these days, so no wear or mojo for me, lol. The first Fender Heavy I tried out many years ago that was my gateway to heavier picks developed some nice wear and a natural...
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Sherry, I usually google the song name and add chords or tab to the end. Ultimate guitar, cowboylyrics, and a couple of other free sites pop up near the top. Sometimes the Ultimate Guitar tabs print...
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    Wow, Matt, thanks for that link. You e got some good stuff on there!
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    Sorry youíre have the hand problems, but congratulations on retirement and best wishes on your next endeavors!!
  6. Re: Expanding my searches. Thoughts on USA Ovation mandolins?

    Itís been long enough since Iíve played one to comment much on their necks, but I donít recall them being uncomfortable. The Applause guitar I had (as a cheap plug n play guitar) had a really narrow...
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    Wow! If that sounds anything like it looks youíve got a keeper!!
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    Re: Classical mandolin book..easy one?

    Depending on how many songs you need you may be able to find enough in the Cafe tab library to get you through the gig. There are also some good Bach for Mandolin books on Mel BayÖ
  9. Thread: What next to get?

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    Re: What next to get?

    Agree with the advice to check your set up and technique if you havenít already. That said, MAS enablers we are! If you can go A-style Iíd look for a Silverangel Econo or contact Ken and talk through...
  10. Thread: Secure Endpin?

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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    I had this happen on my SA Econo, which I bought from a guy in a much drier climate than me (and, of course, shipping) the first time I played it. Freaked me out, too. Based on a desire to avoid...
  11. Thread: Preamp Question

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    Re: Preamp Question

    Iím a neophyte when it comes to amplification, but Iíve used the LR Baggs Venue DI with good results on guitar (LR Baggs M1) and mando (Rigel CT-110 with internal piezo, not sure of the brand). New...
  12. Thread: I went and did it!

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    Re: I went and did it!

    I started playing more guitar the fall before the initial lockdown after a couple of graduations and the addition of a budding bass player to our youth praise band (Iím the adult supervision/stray...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Lots of good advice. The main thing is keeping your instrument stabilized in a reasonably consistent position so that you get an optimal pick angle and have the freedom to move your hands around...
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Nice work, David! Of course, there are a couple of my favs I’d sub in, but that’s the great thing about his expansive library. The man has made a lot outstanding music, especially when you consider...
  15. Thread: First mandolin

    by CES
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    Re: First mandolin

    Of the ones you list I would take a chance on Ibanez before the others, especially if you’re thinking acoustic/electric. While they’re not great acoustically, some I’ve played sound decent...
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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    Iím with Mr Condino on the one. My Rigel has the larger banjo frets as did my Silverangel econo, and those mandolins are very playable, sound great, etc. But my Kelley A5 has the taller but narrow...
  17. Thread: Memorizing a song

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    Re: Memorizing a song

    Agree. One of my daughterís friends is a pretty good singer and guitar picker. After one of their coffee shop concerts a few years ago I heard someone ask her mom, ďHow does she learn all that and...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    Agree, Alan. Mine stay in the case storage pocket, though with the OPís experience I may move them to the detritus drawer. I canít recall ever locking any of mine, and agree that, other than keeping...
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    Re: Loar 600 vs Eastman MD615

    Flat top mandolins can be amazing instruments and values, for every genre except bluegrass. I used to own a Flatiron 1N that was a loud tone machine, but they just don’t have the arch top F-hole...
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    Re: Protecting mandolins from changes in climate

    Conventional wisdom is that hard cases offer a more stable environment (and better retention with in case humidifiers as well as more gradual humidity and temp transitions when changing...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Some great discussion here. When I first joined our youth praise band it was to provide a transition in the adult leadership, and because they needed a bass player and I was willing. I remember the...
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    Re: Best all time Inlay's

    Tone and playability are first and foremost, but there are some amazing artists building mandolins (and instruments in general) right now, and I totally respect those able to do intricate and...
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    Re: Lost bit of binding, 1915 F-4

    Looks great!!
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    Re: Microphone for home recording

    Years ago I bought a USB condenser mic for home recording. It was easy but that mic was too easily overdriven. I think I paid $99 for it but canít remember the brand (but it wasnít Shure). In digging...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    I used to have a Weber 22.5 inch scale OM that was a bear for me to play because of the scale length; set up was excellent. It was a rhythm beast, but lead/melody work was a struggle. I played a 20...
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