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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Saw Homer and Jethro in the 50's but the mandolin didn't register. After 3 years of piano lessons, 6 years in the church choir and several years with a bit of finger picking and flat picking on a...
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    In 1972 I was at the fiddle contest in Weiser, Idaho, and Benny Thomasson was in the contest. My fiddle teacher knew Benny so I spoke to him to pass along regards, then mentioned how much I liked...
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    According to Wikipedia, the tune has been played in Scotland for over 200 years, and they name a reference in the US from 1760, so it is apparently older than the US Civil War. I have heard...
  4. Re: Looking for a good pocket recorder and small keyboard...

    I have a Zoom H4 and it works very well, is versatile and easy to use. I'm sure either that or a Tascam would be fine.

    Spencer
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    Re: Our thoughts should be with John Baxter

    My best wishes to you, John. I really appreciate Mandozine, a great resource for mandolin players.

    Spencer
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    Re: Phoenix mandolins closing shop?

    There was a video about Rolfe on the Cafe a while back. This should save searching.

    link to Video on Rolfe

    Thanks for all the good mandolins you provided, Rolfe, my son has one, and it's a...
  7. Re: Other primitive, raw mandolin music like early Bill Monroe?

    I've probably heard more of Nate Bray's playing than anybody on the list, and I guess I have to disagree a bit here. Not in quality, he was a fantastic player, but I never felt that his playing was...
  8. Re: Is trying to learn on a Harmony going to be more too frustrat

    Mike Compton told me he started on a Harmony.

    Spencer
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    Re: Wegen M150 vs Blue Chip

    Have both a Blue Chip (TPR60) and the Wegen M150, and have used both a lot. After using the Blue Chip for quite a while, I recently went back to the Wegen. At band practice a few days later, the...
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    Re: Favourite Funeral Songs/Songs of Mourning

    Written by legendary Tom Anderson from Shetland, he gives a short explanation at about 2:45 in this video, after which he plays the tune. - Spencer


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq5JBSu5tqY
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    Re: Why should I use an armrest?

    I found that using an arm rest, McClure type, put my arm in an uncomfortable position, and I got pains in my forearm, so I had to take it off. Nice piece of work, and now somebody else has it who is...
  12. Re: First Day in Town (Erik Igelstrom's version)

    In case you haven't found them yet, there are many videos of Erik playing with the G2 Bluegrass band on YouTube.
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    Re: Mandos in the Movies

    Curious minds want to know!:cool:

    Spencer
  14. Thread: Hearing aids

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    Re: Hearing aids

    Sounds(?) familiar. When I have mine on the program for speech, everything sounds a bit "buzzy" and metallic. The higher frequencies are really amplified, because there is a big loss there, and so...
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    Re: Notation/Tab Softwares

    I have used Tabledit for 15+ years, I think when I started it was 20 dollars or so. Since that I have not paid anymore, obtained untold upgrades for my PC, got permission to use it and upgrades on a...
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    Re: Cheapest Multi-Track Rrecording

    I have used Audacity for a lot of things. The latency problem shouldn't be a big issue, there are several how-to videos on YouTube. The basic idea is the make a click track, record it back on to a...
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    Re: Tailpieces: I wasn't a believer til . . .

    There is a older thread about this, as I remember, most didn't find big differences.

    Older thread: Adding-a-Cast-Tailpiece

    I changed from a stamped to an Allen some years ago, and really...
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    Re: East Virginia Blues Tabs

    This is one of my favourite songs to play around with, and it gets played at a lot of jams. Try it in E, there are some really nice sounding chords or drone notes there. Then move it up to F, which...
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    Re: Ear Trumpet Mic: Louise

    We've been using one for the past year or so, 4 piece BG band. Still learning about how to best use it, and to trust it and keep placement agreements!. We have played a couple jobs in a cafe that...
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    Re: European Mandolin Builders

    Thomas Fredholm of Gothenburg Sweden is primarily a guitar builder, but the past couple of years I have seen him with a mandolin(s?) he has made at some Swedish bluegrass festivals. He said he was...
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    Re: European Mandolin Builders

    Not just loud, they sound good too!

    Spencer
  22. Thread: Curly Seckler

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    Re: Curly Seckler

    There is a write up about it and funeral arrangements on the Bluegrass Today website. Unfortunately true.

    Spencer
  23. Re: Looking for advice on my first mandolin - Thoughts on Prucha?

    I have played some Purchas, and found them to be quality mandolins. I played one of their top of the line F-5's that held it own in a jam with 3 banjos. You could do much worse. There are several...
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    Re: Polytune Clip-on Tuner (again !)

    Did that today, The when when picking the A string fretted at the 12th fret, the Polytune wanted to show a D. While the string was ringing, I muted the D string, and bingo, it read A, good and...
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    Re: Hearing aids for musicians

    Posts 3 and 7 are pretty much what I have and am quite pleased with. One thing to think about is the speaker arrangement in your ear channel. One type is the open type of device, in which the...
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