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  1. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    What type of injury was it, may I ask? Mine was a partial rotator cuff tear. I can still only hold the fiddle comfortably for a set amount of time, then the front of my shoulder burns....my...
  2. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Well, it's not my primary instrument, as that honor is reserved for the fiddle, and has been for 20 years. But, after a number of occupational injuries that made my normal level of playing (time and...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    It all depends on the scene

    Saltspring
    Atlantic City
    Minor Swing
    King of the Pipers
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    Welp, I took off the A and E courses after a few weeks. I can see why some might like the heavier gauges, but my mandolin doesn't really care for it. It also brought out that "tubbiness" in the G....
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    Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    I only have one, so that's easy. The problem is that fiddle is my main instrument, and sometimes I can't (or don't want to) leave the time and energy for the mandolin. So sometimes it doesn't get...
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    Re: John Reischman

    That was one of my favorite parts as well. I like how he plays rhythm.
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    Re: These are difficult times

    That's brilliant
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    Re: When You First . . .

    John Reischman and Herschel Sizemore
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    Re: Social Distancing

    As a recovering Uilleann piper from many years ago, I cam attest that even after you learn to play, you still are somewhat isolated haha.
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    Listen to LOTS of Bluegrass. One of the best ways to "get" a style is listening. Active listening is actually a form of practice. Make a special playlist of the songs or tunes you want to learn first...
  11. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Fiddle is my #1, for the last 20 years. I've played guitar, bouzouki, and mandolins as well, but about 13 years ago I stopped being a multi-instrumentalist and became monogamous to my fiddles. A...
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    Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    The great thing about fiddles is that cost isn't necessarily reflective of quality in fiddling terms. Sometimes the trade violins make perfect fiddles, better than a higher end instrument that might...
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    Re: Music Room Feng Shui

    Music space Feng Shui is definitely important! My place is completely open concept, so unfortunately I don't have a dedicated music room, though I wish I did. Fortunately, the Feng Shui is suitable...
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    I've now had medium XTs on my mando for just over 3 months, with pretty steady playing. Albeit not marathon stretches. In the last few days, they've finally hit the point where I'm ready to change...
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    Re: Doubling on Mandolin and Fiddle

    I play both, but I like the idea of two players who both double better. It's nice to have BOTH instruments together, and both players can get to do something different. Switching mid-number also...
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    Re: Bryan Sutton on mandolin?!?

    I didn't realize that Bryan played the mandolin, or that Nick Forster played guitar. Nice!
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    I've had a set of medium XTs on my Kentucky Km-756 for almost 2 months. I like them. I haven't experienced any tubbiness as others have reported, and definitely like them better than EXP-74s.To me,...
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    Re: crossrock fiberglass mandolin cases

    I just happen to have a Crossrock FG case that I was going to post for sale at some point. It's a perfectly fine case, but I need to clear some excess stuff out and have been opting for an oblong...
  19. Re: Position available in full-time touring bluegrass band.

    Aw man, I wish the reality of life on the road would work for me. 20 year fiddle and mandolin player who would love to have taken things pro for at least a while! My farm and animals need me here lol
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I remove the tabs the same way as the last poster, no problems to date, and I've been using their strings for eons.
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    Damn, for some reason I missed that Tommy died! 😢
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    Re: Youtube and Ookpik Waltz ownership

    I believe that tune, as are most composed in the traditional idiom nowadays, is public domain. Scam...
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    Re: Differences in Kentucky KM700 series

    Finish difference
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    My vote would go for the Crossrock fiberglass. I don't have one for my mandolin, but I have the carbon fiber shaped version for one of my fiddles. It's super light, compact, offers great protection...
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    Re: Loudness with Chris Thile CT 55 Bluechip pick?

    Better yet, how many of us will even have these same picks in 8 years! 😁
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