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    Re: Beginner ?’s about changing sound/tone

    Picks have more impact on tone than ANY other factor, but especially in comparison to cost. Just keep away from those super-exotics that you dare not lose at, ya know, $30+ a shot.

    I find the...
  2. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    At long last... a goal that might be achievable!
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    No banjo guy here, but ...

    While general photos of the sides and top are good, the most telling and often overlooked (across all instruments) are the tailpiece, that holds the strings to the body,...
  4. Re: Confusing stuff in Mel Bay "Fun with Strums" book

    That seems pretty reasonable to me.

    Being a dedicated non-perfectionist (and sometimes bass player!), I'd go so far as to say, at least w/in these examples, that whatever "bassiest" note you can...
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    Re: Guitar Center

    Mixed feelings here. I've bought various stuff, mostly minor but more than one used amp and guitar, from the Totowa NJ store. One or two excellent employees - you could tell who by the over-40...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Excellent point. Too many newbies think of a 50% increase in price as being a "significant" upgrade, when what that mostly buys you is a differnet combination of compromises. An upgrade that's...
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    Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    I don't think you're gonna get away from such delay in the near future. Here's my simplistic interpretation:

    Remember "static" on old-time radio & televison? It could come from many sources,...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Just my own opinion, with no recent real-world experience to back it up: The Loar tends to put its effort into looks while, comparatively speaking, Kentucky puts it effort into sound. YMMV.
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    Re: Front porch furniture + mandolin

    I've seen wooden Adirondak chairs modified to eliminate the right-side arm. Probably best for, ya know, laid-back music?
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    Re: “It’s Now or Never” Saturday Jam

    OF COURSE the mando sounds great. It was taught well by its Italian ancestors who played "O Sole Mio" until sunrise... Same tune!

    Well done!
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    Re: ?Leather shoulder Strap Pad?

    My local Goodwill outlet carries a constantly-varying slew of used & empty nylon cases, most of them originally from PCs and in almost-new condition. Many have substantial straps with removeable &...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    One trick that can help is to learn the song starting from the end. Memorize and play the last bar, then the last two bars, then the last three, then four, then five, six ... until you run off the...
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    Re: Can a Luthier fix this?

    Only about 35,000 of us have asked the same question, and the answer is. "Yes, but not just any luthier." I'd question one who hasn't seen an F-style before, or especially one, like many, who does...
  14. Re: Improving action by sanding non adjustible bridge and reslott

    Opinion of this experienced (*) amateur: As several have said, just get the string slots to the right depth. Later you can remove excess bridge materiel so that about half of each string is...
  15. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    Either new buttons or full tuners can't change the shaft-to-shaft spacing, so:
    - wider buttons will be closer together, meaning more crowded with less room for fingertips between them, while,
    -...
  16. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    If it helps:
    I decided some time ago that if I had to procure a mandolin RIGHT NOW =no thought, no debate, no research, just DO it=, it would be a Kentucky KM-505. And yeah, no regrets!
  17. Thread: Trading

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    Re: Trading

    IF that's what you both actually agree upon, then the other aspects (difference in age, condition, original selling price, history, "provenance") are already factored in to your agreement. What the...
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    Re: How low (temp) would you go?

    In my first late afternoon jam session, that after starting around 60F got down to maybe 40F at sunset, was the debate between "we need to re-tune" and "no we don't, because we're all out of tune by...
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    Re: Martin AK2 string recommendation

    I've tried & enjoyed several koa Martins, but that is the nicest looking. FWIW, the Martin scale is 13" rather than the more common 13 7/8", but that is NOT a suggestion to use heavier strings!
  20. Re: Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    Alternative to struggle? AVOID, which I did for 40 years! Then I spent the last decade kicking myself after a major injury gave me time to absorb "Music Theory for Dummies". The funny thing was...
  21. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I can say from having built some whitewater kayaks in the '70s and '80s, when the highest-tec (meaning lightest and stiffest, almost regardless of cost) racing boats were made from kevlar lay-up...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Few "hear" the bass, but everyone FEELS the bass.
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    Re: Humidty, plastic bag, stupid question

    HA! That's my "sits next to the TV chair" instrument. When I first got it (cheap!) 10-12 year ago, it had sat with the bridge badly out of position, under full string pressure, for at least several...
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    Re: tuners for vintage bowlback mandolin

    The longer a luthier has been around, the more likely he/she is to have an odd piece in their parts bin. Assuming that you can identify the issue as, say, a broken cog tooth, it shouldn't cost...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Two points (no pun, or accents, intended!):

    1 - The first impression of my '90s Flatiron F (twelve years ago) was that, when standing, it was neck-heavy, which I credited to the...
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