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    Re: Eastman El Rey?

    Hi Doc,
    The El Rey has an electromagnetic pickup in it, so it is meant to be played through a 'guitar' amplifier, rather than directly through a PA or 'acoustic' amplifier. People hereabouts have...
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    Kevin Bacon on mandolin.

    Kevin Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick sing 'In Spite of Ourselves' by John Prine.

    Enjoy!
    Dem


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDXV5XRcnpM
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    Thank you, Eastman

    On Saturday (three days ago) I unpacked a five year old Eastman mandola that I purchased used. Tuning it up, I noticed a problem with the bridge saddle intonation cuts. Saturday night I contacted...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey?

    You won't need distortion, a bit of overdrive will create as dirty a sound and be a bit more versatile with 8 strings.

    It's fun.

    But I prefer to use an 8 string in place of a 12-string guitar...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    The more you play it, the better it sounds. So yes. it's science.

    To quote the NYT: "Researchers in England say that laboratory tests conducted on wood commonly used to make violins supports...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    I feel it’s something that can happen, but can’t be counted on. I just had an experience with an adi top. When I first strung my Arches up, I was pretty pleased, but the G strings didn’t have quite...
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    Facebook Live House Concerts

    Hey All,

    I'm no gigging musician but I sure know it's dire out there now for those who are. For the past two nights, I've really enjoyed watching Michael Ronstadt play on FB Live from his bedroom...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Thanks, Drew. Here's a mandolin version. If links don't work, search YouTube for "dysentery stomp/timblairmusic" .


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqktbtg4rr0

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    Re: Musician quotes

    "Stay away from them doughnuts boys, they's tuff an they ain't a bit sweet."
    - Bill Monroe sampling a bagel
  10. The Year Folk Broke: How Nickel Creek Made Americana The New Indi

    https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814739478/nickel-creek-self-titled-20-years-americana-roots-folk-country

    "Then, 20 years ago this month, an album arrived that seemed to speak all these languages at...
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    Great Practice Tool!

    I was looking through some old posts this morning and ran across a thread about practice tools. A website called www.fbbts.com (Free Bluegrass Backup Tracks) has a good selection of backup tracks in...
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    Re: Oddly shaped mandolin identity

    True, but it'd be one way to get that high lonesome sound. :disbelief:
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    Re: Need your expertise: thinking ahead

    I have always believed, and my own experience has verified, that if you are going to play mandolin, you should focus on getting the best mandolin you can afford and look toward getting a mandolin in...
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    Nice story about Mike Marshall's Loar

    About 10 years ago or so I was attending an industry retreat in Massachusetts at which we were lucky enough to have Mike Marshall, along with a couple of young guys on violin and bass, play for us...
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    Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    The mandolin is named after the El Rey electric guitar Eastman has been selling for quite a while; the mandolin is a small version of that body shape.
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    Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    I love mine. Great feel and playability, excellent tone, and the custom Lollar pickup is amazing.
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    Re: Help me understand

    Iíve owned a Weber Hyalite OM that was carved top/back with an oval hole. It was a rhythm machine but the 22.5 inch scale length was too much for me to cleanly play melodies without a ton of...
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    Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    OK, that thread has the name of the owner with a phone number. It might be a good idea to simply call and have a conversation. You'd have to have an appointment to go there anyway. You could also...
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    Re: Help me understand

    As discussed elsewhere, I dig my Pono octave mandolin. Guitar-shaped, mine came with a K&K pickup installed by the previous owner. I don't foresee selling it, unless financial times were hard.

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    Re: Help me understand

    I recently took the plunge into the world of octaves and ended up getting a Pono. Essentially, I wanted an instrument that would sound full while accompanying myself or another vocalist, without...
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    Re: Help me understand

    Welcome back Doc. In my experience and it hasn't been all that extensive, I have determined (at least for me) that it's a preference like in "I like the way my F style mandola looks better than I...
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    Re: Help me understand

    Can't help you with the UNDERSTANDING instrument differences but, I can help you understand that motorcycles are dangerous ! Even if you are not at fault you will come out on the short end of the...
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    Re: Silverangel Econo A #446

    Dig it! I used heavies for year on a few mandolins, going fir that big tone, but when I tried J74s it actually increased the volume on a particular model. The heavier strings can restrict some tops,...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    So several years ago my band played a gig at a local church. After we had finished the folks started going downstairs for some coffee and cake. A woman came up to me and said "Those were some of the...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Finally, a cure.
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