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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Huh? As a musician, how can you possibly be appreciated if you cannot be heard?
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you put aside mandolin-like instruments from consideration (such as resonator mandolins and banjolins) and just concentrate on regular, wooden mandolins, then yes, volume is a very desired quality...
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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    Wow. Are you a closet hoarder, or just the kinda guy who can't quite seem to make up his mind? :))

    As for me, I would be inclined to trade that entire pile for a single, say, Blue Chip CT55...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    The numbers of users (1707) is only 15% of the peak value (11,326), and there are more folks online right now as I write (over 2000). Also, consider that quite a number of users log on from Europe,...
  5. Thread: Cedar Hill

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    Re: Cedar Hill

    Thanks, Dawg! Now, if only I could get the pinky on my tiny hands to stretch up to the 8th fret, for E.M.D!
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    Re: What kind of tuners are these?

    Interesting. The need for hand engraving might have justified the high price demanded for Waverly tuners in the past, but by changing to CNC engraving (apparently, with less depth and definition),...
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    Re: Cedar Hill

    How ironic. The Franklin stove, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1741, was, without a doubt, a scientific wonder in its day. It was carefully researched by Franklin. His stove had a special hollow...
  8. Re: Midnight on the Water-10.Anniversary of my Pomeroy A2 Mandol

    Sweet recording. Thought I recognized Mt. Sopris in your slides, and the Roaring Fork Valley with the Aspens turning colors. Reminds me of my childhood in Colorado. (I own Pomeroy #8 from 2003, and...
  9. Thread: Cedar Hill

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    Re: Cedar Hill

    Yes, TablEdit is perfectly capable of displaying the standard notation as well as the tab, for the "tab challenged" -- who, evidently, are also "uninterested by choice." :))
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    Are you referring to these two breaks that Tim O'Brien takes with Hot Rize? Great mando work, as ever -- but I don't hear any split tuning. He does, however, perform some string bends out of...
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    Yup, pretty much the only Monroe tune is "Get Up John," tuned to F#A-DD-AA-AD (low to high). But Sam Bush was evidently inspired by this to tune his four-string resonator mandolin to A-D-A-D, which...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    I would not recommend using bleach directly on a gig bag made of fabric. The bleach can fade and/or damage the fabric, and it might not penetrate it to get all the mildew. Yes, ozone treatment is a...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    +1 for ozone treatment! It not only kills all the mildew and mold, but it also eliminates the characteristic smell of dead mold, which otherwise can linger for long after the fungus has been...
  14. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Overall, a fabulous series! Brilliantly done. I loved every minute of it.

    I suppose we all have our regrets, though, about our favorite sub-genres and performers that were not mentioned in the...
  15. Thread: Jam etiquette

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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Closed shape (four-finger moverable) chords on the mandolin are vitally important in bluegrass music. Even if you're just a beginner, you should start working with these kinds of chords now if you...
  16. Thread: Jam etiquette

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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Well, I certainly agree with you that it helps when the jam leader (or tune leader) bothers to announce the name of the upcoming piece, as well as the key, beforehand! That said, in some jams, folks...
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Duh. I'm not surprised that it's difficult to arrange for two players in a jam to playing competing leads at the same time. I wouldn't want to play that way, as a rule. In a band situation, which is...
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    Re: Is my top caving in?

    I hate to disagree, but looking at the height of the thumbwheels in your photos, I'd say that you did not need to raise the saddle excessively to reach the appropriate action. (This is assuming you'd...
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    Re: Is my top caving in?

    From what I can see in these photos, your top is not caving in. Also, the bridge base seems to be more-or-less perpendicular to the top, which is good. However, the bridge saddle (not the base)...
  20. Thread: Tab Software

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    Re: Tab Software

    JL277z: This method works to display ALL instrument parts onscreen during playback in TablEdit -- shown in both tab and notation, if you so desire!

    1) Go to File | Options, then select the...
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    Re: Essential tremor and mandolin playing

    Yup, it is true that a moderate amount of alcohol, consumed at a level insufficient to get you inebriated, can help to suppress episodes of essential tremor. We're talking here about one or two...
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    Re: Yes, another G String Buzz Thread

    The proper solution to a buzz coming from the tailpiece area is not to raise the action on the G (or any other) string. If removing the tailpiece cover altogether makes the buzz go away, then you...
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    You should get it repaired. Then, you should invest in a proper case!
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    Bluegrass tempos tend to be on the faster side. Old-time tempos tend to go a bit slower. Dance tempos suit the dancers (~100 BPM or thereabouts). Beginner jams tend to go slowly. It's all good. ...
  25. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Let me try to allay some confusion associated with your question. "Standard tuning" refers to the notes of the musical scale that are most conventionally used for tuning the open strings. It does...
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