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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Not having money to burn, my rule of thumb, which only applies to me, is: Don't buy a mandolin that is better than I am as a player. That is very subjective, but I've seen $800 players show up at...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I have bought a LOT of tuners over the years, not sure why, including three red Snarks. I liked them, but the plastic fingers that go in the back of the tuning head all eventually broke on me.
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  3. Bequeathing instruments to charity in a will

    I just had my will redone and there is a form for special bequests. I'm not planning on dying anytime soon, but it got me to thinking about where my instruments and sound equipment should go. I don't...
  4. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    My favorite mandolin player, who was my instructor for four years, could not read tab or notation and did not know theory in the academic sense. Everything was by ear and he could pick a tune up fast...
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    Re: A painting including a mandolin

    This is my fave: Dali's "Portrait of Juan de Pareja Repairing a String of His Mandolin," 1960. The story of Juan de Pareja is an interesting one.

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    Re: Pick depth

    I took a workshop with Mike and he said pretty much the same. He also recommended thinking of using the pick kind of like a violin bow, making it glide over the strings.

    I find it has a lot to do...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    My vote: Collings, no question. I can even make a Collings sound great, and that is saying something!
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    Re: Trinity College TM 325

    I like Trinity OMs. They look great, they are easy to play and they have a nice balanced sound.

    They are a different beast than a longer scale OM, though. My Mendel 23.75" scale has incredibly...
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    Re: Question for flat top players

    I like 80/20 bronze strings on oval hole mandolins. I used to run EXP77s (.11-.40) on my Parsons flat top. Despite it having massive X-braces, I did get a partial brace separation at one point after...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Stand

    I like the Hercules guitar stands with the Auto Grip System (AGS) for my octave. They have multiple models. It grips the headstock, rather than supporting the body. It is much more resistant to being...
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    Re: String change frequency

    I will share I ruined a set of new EXP-74's in an hour. My stringband was playing at a small festival in the Summer. It was in the high 90's and we were on a stage facing right into the Sun. I had...
  12. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    These might be hard to find, but they are my favorites:
    "Little River Stomp" by the Buckhannon Brothers
    "Old Time Mandolin Music" by Clyde Curley and the Oxymorons
    "Mandolin the Cow Camp" by Skip...
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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    I like 80/20 bronze strings on oval hole mandolins. I used to put EXP77's on both my Old Wave oval and my Parsons flat-top. But I switched a while ago to EJ62's (10-34). I think I get better tone and...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    My, how things have changed here over the years. When I joined this site, most people here would vilify any mandolin made in Asia as a matter of principle. There used to be terms like "POS PACRIMJOB"...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I took a mandolin workshop with Roland White once. He was critical of only doing chop chords, even for Bluegrass. He felt it got boring and was unimaginative. He showed us all kinds of variations to...
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    Re: No motivation

    I agree with trying another instrument. I am glad you had good luck with bass, but that was one I tried and it was a disaster for me. I went deep too. Had two decent basses, an Acoustic 100 watt amp...
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    Re: No motivation

    I think people like to play for different reasons. For some people it is their main focus in life. For other people it is an escape, a way to relax from other activities. For the former, they should...
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    Re: No motivation

    What? Non-fifty-cent translation please...

    And you're going to drop the P-word here? You're poking at the second posting guideline there.
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    Re: No motivation

    All the regular jams in our area are cancelled and the church music group in which I played mandolin and octave mandolin has been shut down, as singing in church has been suspended. But the mid-1800s...
  20. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    Hah! I have a black top Old Wave that I wish was a natural or honey amber. My paltry advice is try to make it all about the music and your playing of it. Then the instrument and its appearance...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I have done that too and it can work well. You are probably aware that arguably he most famous use of that trick was when Joe Cocker changed the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" from 4/4...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    WARNING: You may actually be addicted to playing waltzes. You may have to go into a three-step program!

    Crowds keep asking me if I can play "Somewhere Else" but I haven't been able to find tab for...
  23. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    When I was learning guitar, my best friend from HS who was teaching me had an old mandolin that was a mess, but still playable. I was fascinated by trying to play it, but did not pursue it. Then I...
  24. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    I think your question of "how do you power through" is not the right question. There are some times you can "power through" for a short period of time, but you pay for it in the long run. I have...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I have had one for over 15 years. I also took care of another one for Bill for several months (long story). Mine is spruce over maple. The other one was cedar over mesquite. They of course each had...
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