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  1. Re: Please help me choose a beginner instrument

    Of the lot you listed I'd go for either the Eastman or the Kentucky - good starter instruments that you'll get a lot of mileage out of and also should be pretty easy to sell them if you desire to...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    When I moved to the States in '08 I went from living in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in Ireland to a studio apartment in a building in Oakland, CA, something which seriously hampered my tenor...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    When I was 11 and started playing guitar there were probably about 5-7 lads in my school who had also started playing guitar - they ALL had shiny brand new Hondo Les Pauls that looked nice but had...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I have a Polytune and a Peterson Strobo-clip. My go to tuner for mandolin and tenor banjo is the Polytune, very reliable - I keep the stroboclip in my acoustic guitar case because I find that it...
  5. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Your mileage may vary, but for me learning from TAB reminds me of traveling around London on the Tube - you get where you're going but you don't have a great idea of where you are in relation to...
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    Re: NMD Pomeroy Oval

    Sounds gorgeous Don, what a beaut!
  7. Re: The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Irish Reel

    Nice one pluckinstrings - just a wee heads up that in Irish music reels, jigs, hornpipes etc. are referred to as "tunes" with "songs" being reserved for music that is sung.
  8. Re: Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the final result!
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    Re: Philphool, Phil Goodson, passes :(

    May he Rest in Peace, condolences to his family and friends.
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    Nice Girouard Ensemble model in stock at Sylvan Music right now NFI on my part, though I am a big fan of Girouard mandolins!
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    Re: Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Fantastic news! Keeping Dennis in my thoughts and wishing him a smooth recovery - we can't always have a speedy recovery (as I know nearly 9 months on from completely destroying my kneecap) but if...
  12. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Cheers for the update Aidan and what a lovely tune you've named after Michael as well!
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    I recently had to sell a LOT of furniture/household items quickly and found that Facebook Market had better response than Craigslist. I listed in both places. that said, the two people who did reply...
  14. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    Happy Birthday Dennis! Wishing you all the very best!
  15. Re: Collings MT-O v Gibson A: Any Opinions?

    I went from a snakehead A-jr to a Collings MT-O. I really liked the A-jr but ultimately couldn't deal with the flat fretboard. I still see photos of it and wish that it was still in the stable but...
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    Re: Speed related issues

    Building on what Mark G. said above - rather than there being one way to play with "good technique" I think it's more like that there is a spectrum of optimal technique that will slightly differ for...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    Every mandolin I've ever owned has been purchased without getting the chance to try it out first. Knowing what your preferences are (flat vs. radius fretboard, finger rest vs. no finger rest, oval...
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    Re: Speed related issues

    I don't think that you'll "automatically" be forced to hold your fingers down the right way when you raise the speed of the metronome - more likely what will happen is that you'll hit a wall and not...
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    Re: Strap Recommendation for A-style

    These are the straps I use - I have two of them and love 'em - really nicely made, no metal bits to worry about either. Thin but strong, doesn't take up much space if left on your mandolin when in...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    There is no such thing as an "irish" mandola - what you describe is simply a flat top mandola with an oval hole. A bouzouki is an entirely different instrument from a mandola, so any mandola with an...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    What's your price range - nice Eastman mandola below:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/157651#157651

    I've haven't heard of "irish/bouzouki" mandolas (and I'm Irish) so not sure what style...
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    Re: Help with case color

    Mint green all the way, it's both light colored and not run of the mill.
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    Re: Jack Charlton RIP.

    RIP Jack Charlton - he brought a lot of joy to Irish football supporters too, managing the national side from '86-'96.
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    Did ye see this one? NFI on my part obviously - would love to have the $$ for this though!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156847#156847
  25. Couple of tunes on the mandolin from Ye Vagabonds!

    Great stuff here from Ye Vagabonds (Brķan & Diarmuid Mac Gloinn):
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