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  1. Re: Irish Bouzouki Strings - custom vs of the shelf

    I just found some La Bella strings that are fairly close in gauge. String gauges: .012p -.012p, .018p - .018p, .034w-.034w, .044w-.044w
    If I buy some plain strings to use as octave strings, this...
  2. Irish Bouzouki Strings - custom vs of the shelf

    I've got a Petersen Irish Bouzouki and I'm finally just about out of the strings I bought from him. His gauges are: 10,10 18,18 32w,10 44w,20w

    I can't seem to find anything in similar string...
  3. Thread: Ribbon Mics

    by McIrish
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    Re: Ribbon Mics

    Like all mics, ribbons can be good or bad depending on who made it. The really cheap ribbon mics that flood the market are not going to be a great option. many of the better ribbons are passive and...
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    Re: Ever have a bad set of new strings?

    I bought them from Elderly. Kinda odd. But after the thousands of strings I've changed, I had to get a couple bad ones.
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    Re: Ever have a bad set of new strings?

    Thanks for the responses. At least I'm not crazy... or at least there are others that are crazy like me too. I'll get rid of this set of strings. I've always liked the EXP74CM in the past couple...
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    Re: Bartlett Audio Mandolin Microphones

    I wish I could use a mic in my setup. Competing with drums is pretty tough even with a pickup (K&K). I tried an ATM350 once at a show and I could never get loud enough. Maybe the Bartlett works...
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    Ever have a bad set of new strings?

    I put a new set of D'Addario EXP74CM on my Gibson Fern and for the life of me, I cannot get the g strings to ever sound in tune with each other. I can always hear them as two individual strings...
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    Re: Best strings for a deeper sound....

    I had a mandolin that was always a bit too bright for my liking. I used GHS Silk and Bronze on it and it helped a lot. Also, changing picks might help as well. Maybe a D'Andrea Pro Plec 346 would...
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    Re: Suggestions for one hand capo?

    I recently bought a capo from Thalia. I was a bit skeptical at first and they are fairly expensive, but I've found it to work very very good on my guitars. They make different radius pressure pads so...
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    Re: ChicagoLand Mandolin / Folk Music stores

    I'm in the Chicago area and finding great mandolins in our area is pretty tough. Years ago I found a nice Collings at Music Works but have not had success finding anything I was willing to shell out...
  11. Thread: Electric Bass

    by McIrish
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    Re: Electric Bass

    Everyone has their own favorite. Mine would be the Fender Jazz Bass. Big and round sound. Love it.
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    Re: People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield cover)

    If you like what you hear and want to keep in touch, you can 'Like" us on Facebook. We just changed our band name this week. After 11 years as Humphrey-McKeown, we chose to simplify to Shadowfields....
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    Re: Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams"

    Thanks for the nice comments!
    Bob, where are you out east? We are heading that way sometime this year.
    Also, not to do too much self-promotion... if you like what you hear and want to keep in...
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    Re: People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield cover)

    Heather's (singer, piano) son did the video and just used some stock clips to create a feel good kind of mood to it. He's a pretty clever guy. We figured we didn't need another video with our mugs...
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    People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield cover)

    Here is a fun version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready". Mandolin, upright bass, piano, fiddle and drums. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u6oc_HW95o
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    Re: An interesting mic discovery...

    Have you used it in some recordings? I'm curious if it has the brittle edge to it that so many capsules have in lower priced mics. I've got a couple Oktava MC-012 mics but I'm always on the lookout...
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    Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF1SspL54F8

    Mandola, Violin, Banjo, Piano, Bass and Drums. Got the rights from Annie and Dave to release this as a single with my band. Sorry, no bluegrass here,...
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    Re: anyone using a wireless?

    I bought one of the Line 6 G10 wireless systems to use with my K&K pickups. I really wanted it to work but after a couple shows, I sent it back. It just sucked the life out of my tone. It became sort...
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    Re: DAWG picks. YES, they work

    I think a lot of this has to do with the mandolin as well. I had a Weber oval hole that was bright and kind of stringy sounding. The combination of using the silk and bronze strings and a Golden Gate...
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    Re: John Paul Jones and the mandolin

    Agreed. He seems like a guy you could sit down with and have an intelligent conversation. I enjoy seeing "stars" that act like normal people and always try to better themselves.
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    Re: Silverangel #390 El Toro #3 (VIDEO)

    That sounds great. Nice woody tone.
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    Folk-Rock Mandolin video from my band

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm on Mandolin Cafe every day. It's cost me a ton of money... MAS. I wanted to do a video to show off the sound of my Gibson Fern I got late last year, but haven't had too much free...
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    Re: Internal microphone for a mandolin?

    Scott Avett used that same mic for years inside his banjo. I did the same thing for a couple years but switched to a Fishman banjo pickup to get better feedback resistance. That cheap little mic...
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    Re: Ratliff video series

    I too really enjoyed that series. He seems like a real nice guy, as well as being very talented. I couldn't imagine ever having the patience to do the inlay work he did. I'd go insane.
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    Re: Makers getting Top Dollar

    I've played a few of the big ticket builds. Some were good and some were great. But in the end, tonality is a pretty individual sort of thing. We all hear slightly different and have differing tastes...
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