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  1. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    The TC Polytune is a VERY good foot pedal tuner anyway you strike it. A good second to this would be the Korg Pitchblack Custom. Also very good.
  2. Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    You can find it, but maybe not on the strip. Many of the best players are playing elsewhere or touring. However, it is not uncommon to hear some great musicians sit in with groups in Nashville, even...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Not saying it is a bad pre. I used it with a K&K in my mandolin, and it worked ok. But had to EQ the heck out of it to get it to sound good. The Red Eye is much better, IMHO. And a better format for...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I had the K&K Pure preamp, and it wasn't bad, but it had some wonky EQ controls better suited to guitar. In addition, it isn't a DI unless you get the XLR version. Personally, I think the Red Eye...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    The TC polytune works much better for higher tuned instruments like violin and mandolin than any other tuner I have. I have a TC polytune 2 on my fiddle/mandolin pedal board and it works great. Only...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    If you are willing to use a hand held tuner instead of a headstock one, I would try the Korg Custom GA. Best tuner hands down for accuracy and low price, plus a great visual display. Otherwise, for a...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    There is some evidence to bear this out. Instruments that are played get played in certain modes, in certain keys, that cause the wood to vibrate in ways that are more pleasing. The more the...
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    Re: LR Baggs radius?

    You should not have to EQ the heck out of a pickup to get a good sound. In addition, in a situation with drums and other loud instruments, a contact pickup, be it the Radius or even the K&K, are...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    If you bought new from a dealer, you can almost never get full value as selling used there are no guarantees, returns, warranty, etc. that a dealer may offer. I usually use the 50% rule. If you...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    Yes, you can get some serviceable bows in that range that could last you a while. In live gigs I play a modern German pernambuco bow that is about $300 and it works fine for country, rock and...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I can agree with that. Don't mean to nitpick with you, but I often find people, including myself, taking the bow for granted and not investing much into it. It is clearly 50% of the sound of the...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I would have to disagree that the high range of student bows is $100-150. I have a couple decent bows that are in the $300 range and I would still consider them student bows, same with some costing...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I come to mandolin from fiddle/violin, and that was relatively easy. Now violin is not particularly easy, as others have mentioned, especially when you consider the bow. The are tons or ergonomic...
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    Favorite overdrive that I have used to date is the Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive.
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    Re: Pick ups ?

    Not used the tonedexter, but I am using the M300 and it is by far my favorite pickup for mandolin. Very natural sound, hot output, and strong signal to feedback. It's a pricey option, but was worth...
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    Re: Pick ups ?

    The Fishman Nashville M300 bridge pickup sounds every bit as good as the K&K twin, but with a heck of a lot more output and a lot less phasing. I like the K&K, but in loud environments, had nothing...
  17. Thread: Skaggs

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    Re: Skaggs

    I think there is a classic Loar tone. It has a characteristic mid-range focus that really cuts through in bluegrass, and a slight sparkle at the top end. Many modern mandolins sport more full lows...
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    Re: Mandolins are Cool

    I have a friend and band mate that does this, too. Ask them if there is a body of work like bluegrass music for ukulele, because, no offense to ukulele, it isn't the same!
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    Re: SNARK ST-2 Super Tight Clip On Tuner

    The Snark "super tight" is ok, and I have used it on mandolin and fiddle. But I also use a Polytune 2 on my pedalboard, and in a small, hand held tuner the Korg GA Custom is inexpensive and VERY...
  20. Re: 2012 Kentucky KM1000 Varnish Question from a Newbe...

    I agree with Andy's reply. This is a really nice mando. I have a beloved KM-1000 that I gig with, and I am not parting with it. It has shown over and over again that it is a capable instrument. Of...
  21. Re: Pain in left wrist after playing mandolin

    The critical thing for me is that the wrist is not bent at too sharp an angle, so there is as little tension as possible. If necessary, adjust the mandolin up or down to find the best position.
  22. Re: Pain in left wrist after playing mandolin

    You may have tendinitis which can develop from playing a lot. You may need to get a doctor's advice, but usually the only cure is rest and refraining from the play for a little while. The other thing...
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    Re: Acoustic preamp for mandolin

    I have used both Baggs Gigpro and Para Di, and while they are high quality units, I found the frequency response was less than flat. The Baggs added kind of a bloated mid-bass, and a tinny high end I...
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    Re: Acoustic preamp for mandolin

    If you are just looking for a simple preamp/DI, I can't hesitate recommending the Fire Eye Red Eye preamp. It is about the size of an MXR Phase 90 and has beautiful sound, and some simple tone and...
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    Re: "The Kentucky" vs. "Kentucky"

    I think the earlier, 80s models just said Kentucky. Later models used "The Kentucky", probably in deference to Gibson model which say "The Gibson".
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