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  1. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    A few years ago, I made the switch to the classical position, on the left thigh rather than the right, with the neck more vertical, for all fretted instruments larger than the mandolin. Mandolin...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    So long as it's a country song...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    The walnut back on the natural-topped one is something special. Well, the other one is pretty nice, too.

    NO, I DON'T need another mandolin!:whistling:
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Well, I agree with you on Rhiannon Giddens, but not so sure about banjo jokes. Blasphemous seems a bit much. Maybe "somewhat cruel, but still funny."
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    Re: In The Mood

    One of my favorite Glenn Miller tunes, played well by the whole group. Tasty!

    Just like John above, my parents lived through the big band era, and I hated the stuff as a kid, but now love it. I...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Yes, this.

    Of course, the problem is that early in the process, you don't have that ear or feel for what is right or what is wrong. I would never advise anyone to get an inferior instrument to...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Bill! I was hoping you would show up with the Pontiac tank! I couldn't locate my pic of it.
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    I made the switch from right to left leg about ten years ago when I decided that I should learn some classical repertoire. I originally just used it for classical (nylon strung) guitars, but it felt...
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    Re: 'A' String Intonation Question

    Weird, I had exactly the same thing happen a few years ago, and also with the A strings. Checked the usual suspects (nut, frets, bridge, tailpiece) trying to find a solution, until I saw a thread...
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    I feel your pain...My date was going to be June, 2020. Then COVID. Then some family stuff. My new date is late spring 2021.

    Apropos of dulcillini's post above, I am looking forward to learning how...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    Celluloid is notorious for decomposing if not stored properly, and if it was not properly cured, even if properly stored. Unfortunately, it's not something that you can tell until it actually starts...
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    I have used Strings By Mail for classical guitar strings and associated stuff; they have lots of nylon string brands and varieties. They also have a good selection of strings for uncommon instruments...
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    Re: Daily Cleaning Routine

    After playing, I wipe off the body and neck with a microfiber or soft cotton cloth. Sometimes, I use one of these for the fingerboard and strings on both guitars and mandolins:...
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    Re: Humidifying problems

    You can get a 75% and a 32% test kit by Boveda from Amazon for about $18 or so. If you test at 75% and adjust, then test and adjust at 32%, you would probably get more accuracy.

    Or, get or make a...
  15. Re: Has Anyone Received Stimulus Check? (Possible Mandolin Conten

    Well said.

    I am still working, don't expect to get any $ at all from this. If we do, it is going straight to the local food bank that we support. There are too many people around here without...
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    Re: Does this octave mandolin...

    Oh, man, not while I'm about to swallow! Might need a new keyboard . . ..

    To the OP: Well, if you're worried about it, there's always mandcello.
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    Dunno, I have been working for a long time on being a curmudgeon. Mostly, I think it's just natural crankiness. At least so says my loving and long-suffering (because of me) spouse.

    I fall into...
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    Re: What does this notation mean?

    It means tremolo. The "tremolo top note" means to play the chord, but only tremolo the highest note. So, for the F chord (C-F-A), you would play a downstroke of the C note, F note, A note and then...
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    Re: Eastman mandocello tailpiece blues

    Wow, got a reply less than 24 hours later from Eastman. They are sending a replacement tailpiece, which I should get in 1-2 weeks. That's real customer service.

    Thank you Eastman!
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    T. D. : So sorry for your loss. I have lived with cats for over fifty years now, and each time we lose one, it is like having a piece torn out of your heart. They are mysterious and wonderful...
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    Re: Snark tuner

    I bought a handful of the original red ones when they first came out and someone had them on sale. The only breakage I have seen was the clip of one. I emailed the company and they sent a replacement...
  22. Re: when the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool ...

    Please, it's "pasta e fagioli." And it's delicious.
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    Re: Pimp my case

    Or, you could do a Nudie suit case cover . . ..
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    Re: My New Weber Yellowstone

    You went for the honey/tortoise finish, which is like the one I have. It's really quite beautiful, isn't it?

    My Yellowstone was my first "serious" mandolin. Picked it out after trying everything...
  25. Re: Just for a Chuckle-- Why don't people recognize a mandolin?

    Not to disagree with those who have expressed dissatisfaction with the general lack of knowledge of "folk" instruments, but to be fair, those of us who play or are interested in mandolin are a fairly...
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