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  1. “Satan is Real” Louvin Brothers movie looks like it’s happening

    Delighted to see the mention of Michael Daves in this week’s issue of The New Yorker, where a profile on actor Ethan Hawke described Michael coaching Hawke on voice and mando for his role as Ira...
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    Re: New Northfield/Gilchrist tailpiece-Nice!

    I just finished installing the NF/Gilchrist tailpiece on my NF5-S. The install was very easy, and the holes line up perfectly. The replacement screws allowed me to tighten everything down snugly. ...
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    Re: Thile Bach CD has Landed

    Okay, I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers... and I certainly didn't imagine that the word "lazy" could cause such, especially when I explained that I meant he took the "path of least resistance"...
  4. Re: Great music history/theory narratives?

    That's an interesting question... most good music writing I've run into have been interesting rather than entertaining, and the current academic style is to hold back from turning history into a...
  5. Re: Herschel Sizemore - Mandolin in B Documentary

    I just got an email from the local bluegrass society for an upcoming screening of this documentary, so it must have finished already. Wondering when and where I can get a DVD copy soon.
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    Re: RIP Bob Brozman

    One of my favorites.
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    Re: The Loar "Unsigned" Series

    Finally the "The" is getting the credit it has long been due.

    Makers come and go, but the "The" remains, steadfast, original in its simplicity, and omnipresent at the pointy end of the mandolin...
  8. Re: What other mandolins sound similar to Reischman's Loar?

    Not much sounds this good

    http://vimeo.com/45734296
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    The finished peghead for a Lyon and Healy mandolin.

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    Re: Genre Question (Ragtime)

    Some rags and cakewalks published during the ragtime era in the string oriented periodicals and by publishers who specialized in string music were probably not published for piano.

    Some useful...
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    Re: Genre Question (Ragtime)

    Gershwins Prelude 2 strikes me as a somewhat peculiar idea of ragtime. Maybe Afternoon of a Faun rag next.

    But back to some mandolin content and where ragtime/blues/jazz touches old-time/country....
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    Re: Genre Question (Ragtime)

    I would almost unambiguously put it into jazz, swing, blues, etc. category.

    I can see an argument for the old-time, early country bin, but even when you think about the more basic country rags,...
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    Re: What happens when the f-hole is bigger?

    Couple of things:

    First, the total area of two typical mandolin ff-holes is about 4.0 sq. in. The area of most of the vintage mandolin oval holes I have measured has been in the 3.0 sq. in....
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    Re: What happens when the f-hole is bigger?

    I am not sure what "pop" means - if it does mean a strong percussive projection, then the answer is no; for instance, banjos without a resonator back have that also, but they haven't really a...
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    Re: What happens when the f-hole is bigger?

    "I would not expect Helmholtz effects to dominate the sound of a mandolin."

    As Bertram pointed out, you have to make profound changes in either the total ff-hole area, the body volume, or both to...
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    Top 4 Virginia Luthiers know how to pick also!

    I ran across this little youtube video of the gathering of 4 of Virginia's top builders of mandolins,fiddles and guitars getting together for a little jam recording session during the fall of this...
  17. Re: Antique Seth Thomas Metronome as a Christmas gift

    Slightly OT, but I just stumbled across this experiment of syncing metronomes. Tells a lot about coupled oscillators in general, and maybe two strings of a course in particular:
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    Beck's new album

    See what you make of this idea, I think it's pretty great (via Daily Beast)

    http://thebea.st/WQ4c2p
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Here's my number 17 in the white... in the red? It was pretty muddy, as I had made the body significantly deeper on this one. Adding a side sound port balanced it out. Still has some final sanding...
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    I just want to show you a videoclip

    from our latest, and now sold out, EP.
    http://vimeo.com/55110099
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    Muleskinner video

    This is pretty good if you are a Muleskinner fan, or even if you are just a human. Clear your schedule for the next 25 minutes.
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Well, here's #15 strung up. Unfortunately, the varnish is still imprinting a month after application. I may have gotten a bad batch, and will probably have to refinish this instrument anyway. It was...
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    Re: science behind a mandolin "opening up"

    From Wegst, Ulrike GK. "Wood for sound." American journal of botany 93.10 (2006): 1439-1448.
    http://www.amjbot.org/content/93/10/1439.short

    "Common beliefs are that regular playing and aging of...
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    Re: science behind a mandolin "opening up"

    OK... as a former wood anatomist and, more recently, nanoscientist, I'll try and kick off a technical discussion.

    Wood, first of all, is a rather complex natural composite formed principally from...
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    Re: All my licks tend to sound the same.

    I don't know that many people, if anyone, does this well on the fly. I have been jamming for a while myself, and I don't take a break on a tune I don't know. I mean, a tune I can't yet play the...
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