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  1. Re: Teacher recommendation for left hand technique

    One of Mike Marshall's super helpful recommendations to get a sense for general left-hand technique is to hold your mandolin up to your chin pretending it is a violin and see how your fingers...
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    Re: Possible Binding Separation?

    Pictures certainly can be deceiving, and I think that is what some of the white on the tortoise binding is (camera flash).

    Contacted the seller to get more pictures of the area near the heel of...
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    Re: Possible Binding Separation?

    I looked and the binding technically stops before that point, so maybe it is just some discoloration in the black dye/stain at that point?
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    Possible Binding Separation?

    I'm looking at a this Collings MT on reverb, and I noticed a little whitish line peeking through the bottom edge of the top binding near where the neck meets the heel (4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th...
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    Re: Amazing Mandola Alert

    I played yours for a bit right before they shut down for COVID-19 (I think it might have been the day before!). It was indeed very nice; left me wishing they had a Passernig Mandolin for me to try....
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    Re: Violinist to Mandolin Questions

    Do you have a mandolinist or two whose sound you really like? That could help you know what type of mandolin sound you prefer. The sound difference between and oval and f hole is pretty noticeable,...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    That Paris violin study and plenty of other studies like it that show how psychological factors impact our perception is a reason I always take the frequent "how does X mandolin compare with Y?"...
  8. Re: Should I consider a very early B.R.W. (Ben Wilcox)?

    Yeah, I've decided to pass on it. Found out it has a flat fingerboard, which ends all my temptation. I was considering a very low offer to just see what might happen, but once I got that detail I...
  9. Re: Should I consider a very early B.R.W. (Ben Wilcox)?

    Ha, I had the same thought about Thile's Dudes.

    I did talk to Ben, and he said in general the arching varied from instrument to instrument early on; it wasn't until later that he sort of...
  10. Should I consider a very early B.R.W. (Ben Wilcox)?

    I'm eyeing up a B.R.W. mandolin on ebay and am looking for advice. I really like the look of it, and I know Ben Wilcox's reputation as a builder from years of eyeing the forums here.

    Normally I...
  11. Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    For a beginner learning multiple instruments at once will be difficult because it will split your time, unless you have a lot of time and energy to be able to practice both as much as you need to in...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    I just ordered three sets of D’Addario EXP 74cm mandolin strings from Strings and Beyond and they shipped and arrived promptly. They were quick to correct a typo (mine) in my delivery address as well...
  13. Re: Kentucky KM-750 or The Loar LM-520-VS for 11yo?

    Can't comment on which of the two you should go with, but personally if he has been learning on a radiused fret board I would hold out for something with a radiused fret board. I know there are...
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    Re: Can builders reproduce a tonal profile?

    Thanks John, that's helpful. It may be something that different builders may differ on, which in itself would be instructive. Your answer helps me see what kind of factors would be in play.
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    Re: Can builders reproduce a tonal profile?

    There's the rub, it's all so subjective and this kind of thing is almost impossible to define, so I guess the question just might not have a viable answer; the only control or metric is my impossible...
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    Can builders reproduce a tonal profile?

    I'm considering going for a custom instrument of a respected professional builder, and I am wondering to what extent a professional builder can feel confident that they can reproduce the sound of one...
  17. Re: Newbie Mandolin

    The main issue that you will run into with instruments at that price point, especially new instruments, is that they will tend to be nearly unplayable.

    For example, my first mandolin was this...
  18. Re: What did we play on Mandolins 100 years ago in the USA?

    Great topic, I look forward to the wealth of knowledge that folks here continue to post!
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    I've been doing a lot of research on the same types of A-style mandolins the past few months, and, to my shame, have probably read most of the threads about mandolins in this class from the past few...
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    I think the differences between mandolin and fiddle are great enough that it is more useful to find what works and sounds best for yourself as a mandolinist. One fiddler may be more confident in...
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    There is no hard rule here, just conventions; many Mandolin players playing fiddle tunes and Celtic tunes will tend to use mostly open strings in my experience. The choice between the 7th fret E on...
  22. Re: Finale instrument options for "mandolin" sound

    What version of Finale do you have? I think starting in 2012 they were going to have the "Garritan instruments" version sound for mandolin, which I think is a sort of pre-recorded sound that sounds...
  23. Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    To pull off a purchase of a 2.5 to 3 thousand dollar mandolin, I will have to draw up a contract with my wife, signed in blood, that this will be my last mandolin ever. So unless I think I may not be...
  24. Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    It may not need a total re-fret, I have to get that checked out. If so, it will be an easy decision to get the fret work done.
  25. Re: Need Advice on Selling/Upgrading Mandolin

    I think that is the general track I will take. If the right deal pops up, I'll snag it; if not, maybe I'll be able to save enough to order a build from them before the next likely rise in pricing of...
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