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    Re: Live Mic for Mandolin Recommendations

    Ok…. SM 57 are really the workhorse for the sound reinforcement industry. IMO to have a complete kit you need a mic, a transducer internally mounted, a quality pre amp, a small acoustic amp, a mic...
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    Re: High e-string keeps snapping, help?

    Pops1 is correct about tuning post breaks. I have a Gibson that did that. If they are breaking at the tailpiece look for a burr in the tailpiece. If they are breaking at the bridge the string is...
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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    Less than 500, less than 1,000 less than 3,000 less than 5,000 and 5000 to 30,000 ...... I'd say that covers it. The gradient is clarity and balance of tone. It's kind of like buying a car. You can...
  4. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    Well ... my first thought when I read the OP question was " the rest of your effing life". You practice, you play, you learn to cover your mistakes.... take your time and enjoy the process. Playing...
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    Re: New Guy Looking For Recommendations

    Well .... What do you consider a reasonable price? Kentucky mandolins are a quality import from their least expensive model to their "high dollar" models. Eastman IMO does not quite have the quality...
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    Re: Where to buy a mandolin in Paris?

    Charle ... R/

    https://www.vintageandrare.com/dealer/R-F-CHARLE-277
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    Re: I Just Bought A Violin

    OK I bought one about 20 years ago. This is some of what I learned over the last two decades.
    1. A bow is not a pick. Practice bowing with something simple so you may concentrate on bowing.
    2. Play...
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    Re: What are your roles?

    To play what isn't being played and sing what is missing and to provide additions to the music without getting too busy. R/
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    Re: Gibson A2Z - new family member

    Yup I live my Blonde.... R/
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    Re: Which portable amp?

    Well .... portability implies light in weight. It may or may not imply battery powered. I have had good luck with my Fishman Loudbox. It is smapp enough to "take with you" but produces enough sound...
  11. Re: Trip to Kentucky, is Rosine worth a visit?

    I don't know about an historic interest but there are some fine jams going off in that area. R/
  12. Re: What’s going through your mind during a solo?

    Not losing my place in the chord structure or the melody.
  13. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Yeah. I bought it to play. I have taken it camping, but rarely. R/
  14. Re: Best way to approach learning chords, vamping on mandolin?

    Well .... three tone chords and four tone chords both have their uses as well as implying chords with doublestops. Playing the three tone and two tone forms work best on the A-D and G strings IMO. I...
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    Re: When you get injured...

    Continue to be patient. You are pursuing a return to health in the best way possible for your body and mind. Keep up the good work. R/
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    Technique shows at any speed. The pick striking the string at the precise moment it is noted is incredibly difficult at high tempos. 120 bpm , not a really fast speed. is two strikes a second , 180...
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    Re: Arpeggio's

    Indeed, the math in music shows the way. Chord construction leads the way to the melody. Arpeggios , whether major, minor, diminished , augmented or extended .... playing the scale patterns based on...
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    Re: NMD: 1988 Gibson F5L

    Lovely instruments. Enjoy. R/
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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    Well .... I have come to the conclusion that while I can't have too many mandolins. I can have enough mandolins. It is a joy to play or own a fine instrument. There will likely be some that get away...
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Ultimately a Calton fiberglass mandolin / fiddle is the way to go. Three problems, one is they are no longer being made to my knowledge two they are rather pricey when you can find one and three,...
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    I have carried my Bobelock mando / fiddle case in the above storage on an airplane no problem. R/
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    What you want is your mandolin to be in the same place relative to your body sitting or standing. Using a strap makes this easier to achieve. R/
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Bobelock makes a good combo case, Guardian makes one that is not as good but is serviceable. There is a Bobelock currently on Ebay for 320.00$ here is an advertisment form a dealer. R/...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    There are no bad chords. Just chords used in or at the wrong place, manner or time. I have found when backing a three tone chord or even a double stop implying a chord on the G/D/and A strings help...
  25. Re: Aaron Weinstein's New Apitius yorkville mandolin

    Wow . Excellent choice sir. I was so pleased when I learned that Apitius mandolins were again being made. This particular model fascinates me. But my wallet hides in the dresser when I consider...
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