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    Re: Unusual Suspects

    I don't understand where this " can't play bluegrass" stuff come from. Red Rector played an oval hole A and recorded with Carl Story and Reno and Smiley. And the king Jimmy Martain insisted that his...
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    Washburn bowl back

    A friend of mine has a Washburn bowl back mandolin numberinside230294. Anyone know age and approximate value? I should see it Sat. as we will be picking and he is to bring it -- will try to get...
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    My first question. What does a bluegrass mandolin sound like? Bill Monroe or Doyle Lawson--- Jesse McRenyolds or Red Rector. My point is the bluegrass sound is varied, listen to the one you like...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    I agree with Brick. I know nothing about PLEX, but I'm old enough to remember when computerized wheel balancer first were used extensively. I had a set of tires installed on my car and the salesman...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Speed is mental. Yes it is technique up to a certain point, but after that it becomes mental. For instance JeffD talks about leaving fingers down behind each other, we know that the milli-second that...
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    You have answered your own question whatever suits the player. I think you noticed that neither joint is locked, that would be almost impossible to play with any speed but which joint is predominant...
  7. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Yes the sound is very noticeable at leastnto us mandolin nerds but if the sound is whist you like go for it. Don't worry about what kind of music it is suited for, any mandolin can play any style. Go...
  8. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    Rector rarely if ever played with a strap, most players use one.
  9. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    Are you saying that's Red on Charlie's right? Couldn't be him on right looking at picture, hay mandolin has a strap, can't really tell on other.
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    Re: Easy strap lock

    I used to watch Jonny Cash take that D45? Martin and give it a swing toward his back. It would make me cringe. I was taught to NEVER trust the strap, strap lock or not. If an instrument is around my...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    It's his store and he can do as he wants with it. My point is don't blame the Internet for brick and motor stores demise, if that is the way you handle cash flow. If he makes his money off rent of...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    Probably half that. This may be part of the reason brick and mortar stores are having problems staying in business. Whatever money they have tied up in that mandolin has cost them 2or3 times in cash...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    If you are playing Blugrass and want that drive that BG is supposed to have you must push the beat. Dragging the beat sounds bluesy. Which is fine if that is what you want but it ain't grass.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Agree improvision by definition is off the cuff. You can't practice a break and really be improvising. The way I learned was I used to play with a BG gospel band that had a radio show at a local...
  15. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    I love to hear mandolin players talk of heavy cases must be a bunch of wimps. I've played mandolin for years, Dad played banjo, as he got older I would carry his banjo to and from the car when we...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    You can tell by these answers that everyone seems to have a difference of opinion on rhythm. Find out what exactly your mates want and if you want to do that. For hard driving bluegrass listen to...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I don't understand what y'all are talking about. A double stop to me is just adding a harmonizing second note. When I find one that I like the sound of I can use that "shape" in any chord by changing...
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    Re: Tonegards

    Agree with Pops1. Everyone is told to play mandolin with it against you and then held so it doesn't touch you and hear the difference. I say have some one else do the playing while you stand several...
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    Dillion just to ask a dumb question and make sure --have you tuned to pitch after loosening truss rod neck? I wouldn't leave the nut backed off much and tuning to pitch should bow neck in just a...
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    Re: Silverangel Econo A #446

    The thing is bass or lower notes just don't seem as loud. Turn the mids and highs up on a PA and it will sound louder. Another way to say it a 100 watt PA will worh in a very large room and be heard...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    A study that says the brain can't keep sounds in it's memory? If stated correctly that is a bunch of hogwash. As stated above we all do it, who can't recognize their mates voice, as well as other...
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    Ok that makes sense. A good chart is still the easiest way to learn. It should show different shapes for each chord. Also keep in mind that a mandolin will not sound exactly like a guitar and unless...
  23. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Any fretted instrument is tuned " sweetened" or "split the difference" as the old time players called it, therefore to a certain extent it is artistic. I've never tuned a guitar that I left the B...
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    Re: Love the One You’re With

    A "new" or different mandolin played in a music store, or a jam session doesn't change the sound or playability of the mandolins I have at home, but there is MAS. If a mandolin speaks to me I try my...
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    I really don't understand the question. An A chord on guitar will correspond to an A chord on the mandolin, as will any and all chords. If you know the chords playing the guitar they are the same...
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