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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    I just use my Mandolin Café Coffee cup.
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    If you don't like the sound -- move on. Lot's of good suggestions here. Eastman's are tricky. There is quite a bit of variance amongst them and setup can be critical, but is seldom something...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I work with a lot of 20 and 30 somethings. My playing music gives me some street cred, especially because it's bluegrass. (Like Greensky Grass? --No! Like Monroe. Who is that?) There job is to...
  4. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    Only if they Break...

    Seriously I always change them all because:
    The G string seems to be the first to lose good tone.
    Single strings are expensive enough that it doesn't save much money.
    The...
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    Re: Mandolin and Banjo duets

    Can't get a link to work, but try

    Bright Munde Sessions on Youtube. Good fun.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgCOi6rpUE8
  6. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    Blue Chips for Gigs and Home use. Maybe small jams. Primetone's for festivals, anywhere that's dark, or has a slatted deck.

    https://youtu.be/LB23c_7nlS8

    "What would you do for your blue chip...
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    Re: Happened to you?

    Many years ago I bought a Yamaha PA from a friend who had acquired it from a gentleman we both knew who had passed away. The friend told me that several times he had set up the PA and heard his...
  8. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    I was in the same boat. Played an Eastman 515 for about 5 years, which ended up being about 2 years too long. Focus for first couple of years was improving technique. Also spent a bunch of money on...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    I've only played a couple of "wide" neck mandolins. I don't think 1/4 inches helps all that much, but it does make it a little harder to play the one finger spilt string A.
  10. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Yes Dolly is a genius, and yes it's just a couple of weeks, and yes, there are other services, and yes, I'm more irritated by the fact it seems every online transaction is a rip off, not just Sirius...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    I really like Mandolin Orange, and have for several years,
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    It seems to me like they have settled into a very predictable arrangement. He sings lead, plays Mandolin. She Plays guitar,...
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    Re: Eastman 315 MD & Loar LM-520

    Let's see. what it the Café Litany on this subject.

    1) You can get a lot better mandolin for your dollar with a A style.
    2) Play a bunch and pick the one you like the best. don't listen to any...
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    Re: Eastman MD515 tailpiece replacement

    If I could change one thing on my 515 it would be the tailpiece. After getting a James on another Mandolin I have decided I am opposed to any tailpiece that requires me to thread a string through a...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    It seems to me that mandolins are inherently a mix of contradicting compromises. And It's not a fixed point. I would also add "Cost" into the evaluation. Since it seems to me that generally the more...
  15. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    Working with Condensers requires practice, and agility, and a pretty firm plan on who is going to solo next. Not really conducive to informal groups that don't play very often. Or are of, er, "a...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    First Mando -- Old no name bowl back my grandfather got in the 30's.
    Then borrowed mandolins from various people for years. Everything from Michael Kelly to Gibsons.
    got hired to play Mando with...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Agree about Price Point being high. Maybe available for less on the street. But most of those Waterloo products are a bit pricey to my mind. Collings makes great stuff, don't get me wrong. But I...
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    Jams, Instrument rental in London, UK

    Okay, here's a long shot. We will be traveling to London from August 3-11 and was wondering what sort of musical tourism there might be. Any great jams/ Any particularly good music stores that...
  19. Re: Jams and "traditional" bluegrass in Austin, Texas

    I've lived in the Austin area for about 10 years now. Jamming the whole time. Yes, it's confusing. Lot's of really talented pro's who are always working. Lots of beginners. It's hard to find a...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Yes, "Maggie May" and "Mandolin Wind". Loggins and Messina "Be Free". And then backed into bluegrass through the Grateful Dead with Old and In the Way. Bluegrass came about 20 years later. Oddly I...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    While I am not an adherent to the "beater" theory here in Texas its not a bad idea to keep the best instrument indoors. For this purpose I have an Eastman 515 that I've played for about 10 years....
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    Re: Abramusic Mandolin

    Or Dr. Suess...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    So I had a Polytune for years on my guitar. Loved it. It didn't get used much on the mandolin because it was kind of large to leave on all the time. But then the screw that held the tuner on the...
  24. Re: Traditional or modern design, what's your strategy ?

    Ever wonder why all small cars look alike? Because of practical design issues to achieve a certain result. To be fuel efficient they have to be streamlined in a certain way. To meet safety...
  25. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    One thing I like about the Mandolin is that there are so many different ways to voice chords depending on musical need.

    Yes, the four finger chop chord is necessary. It think it took about 3 years...
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