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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Sue,

    I love good strings and have my favorites for the violin. They are Evah Pirazzi Gold. They come with a gold-wound G, a silver-wound D, an aluminum-wound A and a really nice steel E that...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    I like your question. Although I started violin in 1963, i've only been playing mandolin for about five years. And, as I was told early on... Mandolinists spend half their time tuning their...
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    Re: Gibson Snakehead A Junior

    Thanks for such an uplifting message. I enjoy hearing the excitement in your note. Have a wonderful time!
  4. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Isaiah,

    Welcome to the mandolin world. You have been given a lot of valuable perspectives from folks who made the same journey. I'd also like to encourage you. My own background is a bit...
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    Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I suspect you are right that folks may not consider the mandolin a classical instrument because they don't know what they are and they haven't seen one. Until my violin teacher told me about five...
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    Re: Another Newbie Here

    Of the three mandolin makers you listed, and I have played all three, I preferred the Eastman. I completely agree that whichever mandolin you finally select, you do want a professional setup done on...
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    Re: ISO Luthier to carve and install new top

    I agree it is worth checking with your insurance company. In my case, I add a little insurance for all of my instruments that does cover accidental damage, up to the cost of a new instrument. It...
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    Re: Pain in fretting hand

    My heartfelt sympathies are with you. I had switched from classical violin to mandolin because I felt as though playing the violin was slowly wearing out my left hand and right shoulder. The...
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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    I know this is a single data point, but I'll toss in my opinion. I've been playing an Eastman 515 for several years and have never regretted the purchase. Although I always aspire for more, I...
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    Re: Ellis Through the Years

    I have had the opportunity to play perhaps a half dozen Ellis mandolins over the years and dearly love their voice. I also admire the extraordinary care and beauty that goes into those instruments. ...
  11. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    I think you are likeliest to be happy with the Eastman.
  12. Re: Gig or inexpensive case for Ibanez tenor guitar

    Oops. My earlier post said I got a case from Elderly Instruments. It's a gig bag, not a hard case.
  13. Re: Gig or inexpensive case for Ibanez tenor guitar

    For my inexpensive Recording King tenor guitar, I also wanted something inexpensive to "protect" it. I found a case at Elderly Instruments for $40 and there was no shipping cost. It's a tad large,...
  14. Re: Epiphone MM-30: Should I Improve It, Or Upgrade?

    It sounds like it is time to move up. As suggested, the Eastman is a nice instrument.
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    Re: Pick for Classical Music

    I am an old violinist who discovered the mandolin about 4.5 years ago. Right now, I am happy with the CT-55 picks, although I am always ready to find something even nicer. My favorite strings for...
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    Re: Eastman 515 vs J Bovier F5t

    I can only speak for the Eastman 515. I've been playing mine for more than four years and have been very happy with it. Really nice sound, projection and sustain. I have TI M154 strings on it and...
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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    Gracious! I'm not the only one with a grumpy left hand! Gee, and I just thought I was getting old. I am now wearing a brace at night, already got the shot, and am trying to be a good boy and avoid...
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    Re: Flatwounds on an Eastman MD315

    I have Thomastik Infeld M154 flat wound on my Eastman 515. They are not inexpensive, but neither were my violin strings. I have been happy with their sound and feel.
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    Re: Hello, I am new here

    Welcome to the Cafe!

    I agree that taking your time and learning as much as you can before the next acquisition is a good approach. It is amazing how much you can learn here. Although I started...
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    Re: Eastman MD315 or MD 515?

    I have owned an Eastman 515 for more than 4 years and have been very happy with it. Good sound, nice feel and just what I needed at the time. Like most others in the cafe, I aspire for more, but...
  21. Re: Looking at your hands while playing -- opinions?

    I never look at my hands, either of them. I happen to be totally blind, not one who is trying some new technique. Even so, I find it quite pleasant and rather liberating.

    Back when I started...
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    Re: Mandolin for work

    I bought a Recording King mandolin a few years ago, primarily because it was inexpensive and I wanted an instrument I could consider disposable. It was an A style supposedly model after a mandolin...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I respect what my instruments can do for me. I always put them in their case when not actively being played. They have a few dings, but look great, play well (when I am on a roll) and make me...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    I do not find Thomastik Infeld too costly, but I am from the violin world. A good set of violin strings, such as Dominants, also from Thomastik Infeld, were selling at $73 when I called my local...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I've been playing mandolin for a bit more than 4 years and never felt the need for a strap. However, I always sit when playing and the F5 model sits comfortably. Even so, some of the reasons cited...
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