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    Re: Good news, bad news.

    I have two mandolins. An older Red Diamond Vintage model, and a brand new Ellis Fern.
    I’m done shopping forever.
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    Re: Gibson F5 Fern finish

    I had a Varnished Fern from 2003 signed by Danny Roberts. It was easily the second best mandolin I have ever owned. I reserve the top spot in my collection for my Red Diamond Vintage model.
  3. Re: Where's a good place to get a nice custom tailpiece?

    I love the James tailpiece. When changing the strings, I just put the string loop over the post and close the cover. That holds it while Iím working with the tuner end.
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    Re: Post photo of your Stickered Cases

    Don’t really want any stickers on this one…165238
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    Re: Clark 2-point Mandolins

    So, when you say two-point, are you referring to the design like Don Stiernberg’s Nugget, or Jethro Burns’ Old Gibson? Even Will Kimble has a unique offset two-point design which some might say is a...
  6. Re: anyone own one of the Nugget/Collings A Tim O'Brien mandos?

    I’ve owned seven or more Collings mandolins, and this TOB sounds pretty different from all of them. I have never owned a Nugget, so I don’t know what the signature sound is for one. I have a friend...
  7. Re: anyone own one of the Nugget/Collings A Tim O'Brien mandos?

    Yeah, this is a problem every player should have. Which one should I play? I solved that problem by having both of them out at the same time.

    I learned a lot about setup from this mandolin. It...
  8. Re: anyone own one of the Nugget/Collings A Tim O'Brien mandos?

    I am now the owner of #23. I’ve always been curious about these, and finally found one. I was a bit underwhelmed by it. On a whim, I fitted it with a new bridge from Cumberland Acoustics. Within a...
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    Re: What is your band's sound setup?

    Five piece band. Ear Trumpet Edwina mic run thru an Aphex 207d preamp and a 31 band equalizer. Various speakers, but mostly JBL Eon G2 powered speakers.

    Bluegrass music. Banjo, fiddle, guitar,...
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    Re: Don't look at your fingers!

    I prefer to look at my fingers over looking at the audience. I saw a video of Jethro Burns once where he never looked at his fingers. Needless to say, I was impressed.
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    Re: I don't like the sound of tremolo.

    Tremolo was the technique that saved my mandolin playing. I had been struggling with being able to get any speed for a long time. Then, one day I noticed that when I played tremolo, I used a...
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    Re: Thile's Loar: Not Enough Low End?

    Thile is incredible. I would have been bothered by the twisted strap around the scroll if it was me. Of course, I don't know that tune, so…
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Okey-dokey. I ordered one.
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    Re: a Blue-Chip moment

    Hinde
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    Re: Buzzing E Strings

    I have gone from a .011 to a .0115. Maybe that's it. 🤔
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    Re: Buzzing E Strings

    Happens open or fretted. Both strings. I have raised the bridge on the treble side. Tweaked the truss rod to provide more relief.

    At first, I thought maybe it might be a pick problem, but it...
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    Buzzing E Strings

    All strings are great, except the E strings on this Collings mandolin. They are buzzing like crazy.

    Suggestions?
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    Re: Don't despise me: Banjo question

    The shaft that the string wraps around on the D-tuners will have different diameters. The thicker shafted one goes on the B-string, and the smaller shafted one is the third, or G-string.
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    Re: New Red Diamonds at Morgan Music

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    I love Red Diamond mandolins. Before I bought mine, I was on a quest to acquire a Gil. After getting the RD, that quest was quenched.
  20. Re: so a song can be played in any key, but is it? Usually?

    In my experience, fiddle tunes, like Billy in the Lowground, etc., are played in what is called the traditional key. Or the one that most fiddlers consider the correct key. There are a few...
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    Re: Vocal Mic For Live Performance

    I'll just toss one more in to complicate this discussion. I have been using Heil PR20's for both vocals and instruments. I not only do the sound for our band, but I have been doing a local bluegrass...
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    Re: Pete Martin's Original Tunes...

    Joel Kaserman was in Loose Ties. He is a wonderful guitar player, and good friend.
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    Re: Any Ex-Banjo Pickers?

    I have actually all but given up the mandolin in favor of playing banjo. I find that it is easier to keep up than the mandolin. When my wife and I do our duet shows, she told me she actually prefers...
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    Re: Kicking off songs

    I'd say it depends. If you don't know the melody strong enough to convey it to the rest of the jam, you can always play a turn around. I like to hear the melody of a tune rendered recognizably in the...
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    Re: Dismantle all the strings

    You're supposed to clean these things?
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