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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Not trying to sound disputatious (sorry -- I respect you!), but you are confusing two things here: accuracy and precision.

    The accuracy is the ability to get the value right. In the case of a...
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, Gibson has not enforced its supposedly "trademarked" design for the F5 mandolin model (f-holes, carved body shape, 2 points, scroll, curlicue headstock, etc.) in almost a full century....
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    Re: What is Patty Griffin playing here?

    Yup. The GT on the headstock in the photo is for "Gold Tone."
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Actually, the vast majority of the popular electronic tuners will work perfectly well for the purpose of positioning your mandolin bridge. They will work particularly well if you use some new...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    So what happens if your favorite A model is an F? :grin:
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    Re: I need some serious help...

    Yes, chord progressions are not copyrighted. And we (at least most of us) are not the copyright police, anyway.
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Sorry, but this misses the point entirely! Music stores like Carter Vintage Guitars are in the business of selling instruments, and sales are promoted by displaying their wares, and making these...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    1) Mandolins hung on walls collect more dust than those placed in cases.
    2) Mandolins hung on walls are at significantly greater risk of falling (and consequent damage) than those placed in cases....
  9. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    I think some of the assumptions behind some of this thread are deeply flawed.

    When bluegrassers play Irish-derived tunes that have 'crossed over' directly into the bluegrass repertoire (e.g.,...
  10. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Note also that you can play certain 'chop chords' on just three strings. You'll find that a great many bluegrassers play the D chop chord as 745x, (not as 7452), and just hit the lower three...
  11. Thread: At the beach!

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    Re: At the beach!

    What about Frisco, Colorado (pop: 2600), on the shores of Dillon Reservoir?! Convenient to nearby skiing at Keystone and Breckenridge!
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    Playing with good tone, note clarity, proper timing, and dynamics are ALL important. And these things are not mutually exclusive, as others have -- very correctly! -- pointed out. Furthermore, you...
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    Re: Wearing a watch and RH anchor

    So I, too, am left handed, and I wear a wristwatch on my right hand, as do you. I lightly touch the heel of my right hand to the corner of the bridge saddle while flatpicking, by way of anchoring...
  14. Re: Slight frustration when changing mandolin strings

    Yes, there's a whole lot to be said for the James tailpiece design over the Allen/Monteleone cast tailpieces, and also over the Weber cast tailpieces. No strings ever have to be fished through holes,...
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    Re: Leave leather strap on?

    Yes, you can leave your leather strap on. Most of us do.
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    We all want our mandolins to sound better as they age. Heck, we want ourselves to sound better as we age! If only wishing made it so. Ah, but when it comes to subjective matters like perception --...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    You will find some folks here on the Cafe who rarely change their strings. Some do so out of laziness, because they can't be bothered, or for economic reasons -- saving money. Other folks genuinely...
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    Re: High End mandolin cases... and theft

    I'm not sure there are any data that support the notion that Martin blue guitar cases subject their contents to higher rates of theft, though. This is something of an urban legend. As others have...
  19. Thread: pointless pick

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    Re: pointless pick

    Jimmy Gaudreau allegedly used a round pick at one point, but later changed. I am not aware of any other mandolinists who do. You lose a lot of brightness in the tone with no point -- and no bevel,...
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    Re: Mounting a DPA 4099 on a mandolin

    The standard DPA4099 mounting bracket, which attaches like a carpenter jack to the side of the instrument (usually at a place midway between the F5 bottom point and tailpiece) should be perfectly...
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    Re: Mandolin Try-out Etiquette

    I think you may be onto something. I suspect that another player is more likely to trade mandolins with you in a jam, at least for a tune or two, than he or she is to loan you their mandolin for...
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    Re: Cream-colored Golden Gate

    Looks to me to be the same as the Gilchrist pick (sold, for example, by Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville). Large triangle, with a very similar size and shape to the BlueChip CT55 or the Primetone...
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    Re: Out of the mainstream

    One under-appreciated luthier is Don Paine, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, who is responsible for Pomeroy mandolins. His instruments are loud, well-balanced, and nicely built -- and simply...
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    Re: Starting Left-handed or right

    If you have a physical disability that prevents you from playing right-handed, and are otherwise a 'natural' left-hander, then you probably should play a left-handed instrument, despite the obvious...
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    Re: Case upgrade or case cover

    If all you really seek is some decent thermal protection on a car trip, then you would be better served by getting an insulated case cover than another case -- even a fiberglass one, like the Calton....
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