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  1. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    I check the tuner when I start suspecting that a few notes are going sour. I don't just do it automatically at some interval, but I do listen carefully for that threshold. Since my mandolin isn't the...
  2. Thread: Variety

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    Re: Variety

    I agree in principle about having a wide sonic pallet to enjoy. That will mean different things for all of us. I'm more of a "one of each and more different kinds" person. After selling off a bunch...
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    Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    Well, it obviously works for him, but I wouldn't recommend it as standard practice. The conventional 2-fret-per-finger technique is the most efficient way to play, especially at faster tempos. It...
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    I play "Celtic" music (Irish, Scottish and related trad) where the mandolin is usually the quietest instrument in a pub session dominated by fiddlers. The obvious next step in the volume wars is...
  5. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    I'm amazed how many of my age cohort here on the forum managed to attend. Although maybe I shouldn't be, with the natural progression from playing Rock music to more acoustic music and then a chance...
  6. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    I was 16 years old, but as a kid growing up in South Florida, upstate NY seemed like a different planet at the time. I was starting to play drums in local garage bands, so still part of the "scene",...
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    Re: Notation Software?

    Musescore is what several members of the local Irish/Scottish trad community use. Since they'll occasionally post the .mscz files, I started using it.

    It's clunky, yeah. Like many open source...
  8. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    At the risk of offending all the e-mando players here, I agree on both counts. Plus, the longer scale of an electric guitar makes it much easier to use deep string bends and vibrato for expression.
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  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Volume and tone controls would have to be replaced, they're tied into the digital circuit. Maybe the pickup selector switches too, not sure about that. Pickups would have to be wired through to the...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Until the battery died and they couldn't charge it or replace it. It runs on a rechargeable camcorder battery. You can't even change strings unless it's powered up for the auto string wind function....
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    Re: Gibson destroys hundreds of Firebird X's

    It was posted by someone identified as an "ex Gibson employee," so I would assume it was filmed while employed and then posted afterwards for whatever private motive. Maybe years later, we don't...
  12. Thread: Unexpected

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    Re: Unexpected

    Yes, that's electric bass, played by Martin MacLeod according to the album credits. Capercaillie were one of the early "Celtic" bands to use synths and bass along with trad instruments.

    Although...
  13. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Just a wild guess here:

    Gibson licensed the robot tuner tech from a German company named "Tronical." That deal may have required a certain number of units manufactured for a volume discount on...
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    Re: Gibson destroys hundreds of Firebird X's

    Well, for a school guitar donation you wouldn't want kids getting their fingers caught in the motorized tuners, would you?
    ;)

    Or maybe exploding Li-Ion batteries...

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    Re: Gibson destroys hundreds of Firebird X's

    The pickups might be re-purposed if you bypassed the digital junk, but I think you would at least need to install a new tone and volume knob, because that was controlled with the digital electronics...
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    Re: Gibson destroys hundreds of Firebird X's

    Unsafe components might be PR-speak, but this is a guitar where (as I understand it) the battery is required to put out any sound at all. And you only get two hours of playing time until the battery...
  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Regarding the destroyed Firebirds, here's some info from musicradar posted today:



    The article goes on to mention the Gibson Foundation that has donated "thousands of guitars to charities and...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Here's my attempt:

    Gibson under previous ownership (Henry) made a bunch of terrible decisions about electric guitar design, including this monster of a guitar with too much electronics and a...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Who would bother counterfeiting a Firebird X? :)

    Gibson made thousands and they didn't sell. They were stuffed with electronics and that stupid Robot tuning system (another reason they aren't...
  20. Re: Splurging on the Best Possible Mandolin Strings

    Well, the most expensive strings you can buy are the Thomastik flatwounds at $55 a set (wow, they've gone up since I used them!). Everyone should try these at least once, because it's an interesting...
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    Re: Octave sound diffence?

    From the few I've heard in person, and several years now of experience with my Weber archtop, I can sure hear a difference. One type sounds like a big mandolin, the other sounds more like a 4-course...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    I dunno... at first I thought it was just to save costs. But then looking at the close shot at the company link, it looks like the neck angle doesn't leave enough room for a conventional 2-piece,...
  23. Re: ES Arch Top Guitar Octave Mandolin conversion

    That would be a very long and unusual scale length for an octave mandolin. Most OM's stop around 22" and the 20" ones are getting more popular. I guess you could call it a bouzouki, which generally...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, that's a reason isn't it?

    If you want some specifics, here's one person's view. For me, "hate" is too strong a word. Strongly disappointed maybe. Occasionally mad at what they have done with...
  25. Re: I missed my Schmaltz! (or: virtuoso violin music on a 4-strin

    I sure wouldn't recommend starting out on electric violin as your first exposure to the instrument. The main problem is the way it will pick up and exaggerate all the scritching, scratching, and...
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