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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    I'll check my old stash of picks. Think I may have some of those old Fender confetti picks. If I do I will PM you and pay it forward as it were.
  2. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    My experience with mandola has been this. I was definitely attracted to the lower pitch. And I found that - playing by myself - mandola is very enjoyable because the longer scale and lower pitch...
  3. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I have a Greek Sakis mandola that I am happy with, I was playing it in a group last night. I have mine strung as an Octave but it was built to be CGDA. I think it was one of the cheaper models, and...
  4. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I like the Greek ones too, maybe in darker wood (less contrast). They do ring a lot, for me that is, and Id need to improve my slides because I still find that if I play full neck, one or two string...
  5. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    Been playing my Octave for about 5 months now. One of the (many) challenges that I’ve had, and just about sorted out, is to pivot the left wrist as seen from above in a clockwise direction as I jump...
  6. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I'd had an interest in learning mandola for a while, too, so when the opportunity arose recently to acquire a Pono prototype tenor-uke-bodied mandola at a good price, I went ahead and bought it,...
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    Re: NMD: Howard Morris A-4 #430

    OK, so: photos. And apologies right up front, because they're awful in that they don't come near doing this instrument justice.

    This a a seriously sweet little axe. I wondered what a cedar top...
  8. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    If you want to indulge your inner hobbit and go for one of the flat top mandolas, I would highly recommend Davy Stuart. The price range on his website is in NZ dollars and the exchange rate is...
  9. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    Really interesting thread, @all, touching on some stuff I think a lot of us think about in relation to OUR relation with music. @Caleb, I especially like your distinction between player & musician.
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    Completed First Build

    Finished my first mandolin build a little less than a week ago. Have been playing my fingers off since.

    This started as an IV A-style kit. I ended up re-working almost every aspect of the kit. I...
  11. Re: Mia Mandolins in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

    That's a good find. Had not heard of her work so just added her to the builder database.
  12. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I learned the same way as Caleb and I'm sure a ton of other players have gone the same route. (O.K. I did have some choir experience in high school.) But my point is that inspiration and self...
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    Haven't studied "music theory" since junior high, but have picked up enough through 50+ years of playing, to give me some insights that are useful to someone who's basically a by-ear musician. ...
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    I taught myself guitar in high school, and then bought an old Harmony mandolin for $25 at a pawn shop. I eventually discovered a music store which had a new Flatiron mandola, and I've owned it ever...
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    I have an Eastman DGM3 (i.e. Lyon & Healey knockoff) mandola. It gets played less than my mandolins, but enough to keep it around even after I get an octave. To my ears, the mandola meshes better...
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    I've played mandola for about 35 years now (holy cow -- that long?!). I own several: a Washburn bowl-back from the late 1890's that I use in historical programs (and as a phony "lute" at one Ren...
  17. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I have a 1921 Gibson H2, and love it.

    Did you add one to your stable and find that you neglected it after a time?
    I'm neglecting it at the moment only because I'm a touring musician, and I...
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    Re: Thank you!

    Carroll Brown’s set at Dunleavy’s Pub!!! They do it occasionally, it was every Sunday for years! He’s a great guy and drops in to a few of my gigs every now and again! My email is...
  19. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    After my first mandolin, a Tanada, was destroyed in my locked car one hot sunny day, I ordered a mandola from Elderly Instruments. I played it capo two down a string as an octave, or no capo as a...
  20. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I bought an Eastman mandola several years ago. It's a decent instrument but I really have not done very much with it at all. I learned a few tunes and I have played it on I think ONE gig, ONE song....
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    After several years of playing in the Providence Mandolin Orchestra as a 2nd or 1st section mandolin player, I switched to the mandola section due to a depletion of their ranks and an itch I wanted...
  22. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I love my Weber Rawhide mandola, although honestly, I don't play it that much. I would never part with it.

    I can read and play classical and jazz on mandola and with some effort, I can work out...
  23. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I tried a mandola a few years ago, but for the music I play -- Irish/Scottish trad and related styles -- it just didn't work out. Or rather, there were better options. Here's the story:

    I bought a...
  24. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    My favorite instrument, out of my personal collection of mandolins, fiddles, and a guitar is mandola. For me it is the right size and pitch range for accompanying my wife on violin and playing solo....
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    One time, in desperation, I actually tuned my rough old Stagg mandolin down one, then two frets just to see the difference.
    It was actually really nice, I thought.
    Though the strings did feel a...
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