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    Re: Oval Hole Picking Technique

    I pick right at the bottom of the fretboard on my oval A - I never hit the top, though I do have a wooden finger rest on it, but still, there's no marks on it at all either. You might try working on...
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    Re: 2005 Eastman 504 - any good?

    I've played a few 504's of that era and found them all to be very decent - not a fan of the old headstock shape but aside from that no complaints here.
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    Re: Cavehill - traditional Irish jig

    Great wee jig that!
  4. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    Of course here in Ireland, we don't call them "Irish tenor banjos", we just call them "tenor banjos". And the 19 fret tenor banjo is way more popular here than the 17 fret ones.....

    Back on topic,...
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    Re: Euan Cattanach

    Ah, so very sorry to hear this - I always enjoyed when he'd post photos of the banjos he was building on Facebook. May he Rest in Peace.
  6. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    Here's something on the topic that was included in the most recent Gryphon Strings newsletter this week:

    https://www.gryphonstrings.com/blogs/news/upcoming-scarcity-of-instruments-and-accessories
  7. Re: Now that I have actually tried playing one.. a few questions

    Great tips in this video from Sierra Hull regarding tone - she touches on pick angle and where to pick:




    Mike Marshall talking about right and left hand technique here:
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    Re: Stewmac Golden Age tuners

    The Collings MT-O I used to have came with Golden Age tuners and they were awful, nearly impossible to turn. I had them switched out for Rubners and was absolutely delighted with the switch. Glad the...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin advice

    No tenor guitar has a scale length as long as an acoustic guitar either - my tenor has a 23 inch scale length which would be at the top end of tenor guitar scale lengths - anything over that and...
  10. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    Sadly this podcast, The Blarney Pilgrims, is on hiatus now and not sure if the two fellas who present it have any plans to bring it back, but there are a wealth of episodes to listen back to - music...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Interestingly, after years of playing with the strap adjusted to the same length and slung over my head resting on the left shoulder I've recently found the position of the mandolin less comfortable...
  12. Re: New to me mandolin coming. Good string to start off with?

    i second the recommendation for monels - I have the D'Addario monels on my Girouard and really like the warm, played in sound they have. If you're wanting phosphor bronze strings I've always found...
  13. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    Here's some songs for ye:

    Radie Peat & Daragh Lynch from the band Lankum



    Ye Vagabonds:
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    Re: Taran Springwell

    Lovely stuff Kevin - is that a cedar top on the Sobell?

    Great that Rory is building another batch of the Springwells - I see that Macdara ” FaolŠin was over there working in the workshop with him...
  15. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    My Irish is very rusty as far as speaking goes, but I can follow programmes on TG4 pretty well. I've been taking some online courses to try to get more fluent.
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    If you want to go down a rabbit hole of great Irish trad music, the YouTube channel for Hup (a great trad programme that was on TG4, our Irish language station) is a good starting point:
    ...
  17. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    Glad to hear you found something at tradbanjo.com!

    Regarding mandolins and neck width, I too was a long time guitar player before picking up the mandolin. I actually prefer the standard 1 1/8th...
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    Re: When you get injured...

    Glad to hear nothing was broken! Good reminder that there's still things we can work on if one of our hands/arms is out of commission - keep up the good healing!
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Ah, I thought I recognised your name when I was reading the sleeve notes for Angela's CD awhile back! Thanks for sharing that video of Shane and Colin Farrell, cracking tune that! I'm one of the...
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    Re: David Surette's health

    Sending healing thoughts from the West of Ireland - I always enjoy David's music and his contributions here at the Cafe.
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    Re: Another Newbie Here

    NFI on my part: Going all "ham sandwich" here, since it's not one of the brands the OP mentioned, and not an F style BUT this is a great price for a US made instrument:
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    Re: Advice for first classified ad

    Yes! Meant to include that first and foremost in my reply!
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    Re: Advice for first classified ad

    Things to include in ad:

    - age of instrument, whether or not you're the original owner, condition, any recent work done to it
    - Whether it comes with a case or not
    - Whether the price includes...
  24. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    NFI on my part but nice price on this A-jr in the classifieds from Gryphon Strings:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/177932#177932
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    Re: Coleman's Cross

    That is a lovely pace for learner's to reference - might be easier for folks on YouTube to find it if in the title it's clarified that it is Coleman's Cross the jig - example: "Coleman's Cross (jig)"...
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