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  1. 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
  11. Couple of tunes on the mandolin from Ye Vagabonds!

    Great stuff here from Ye Vagabonds (Brķan & Diarmuid Mac Gloinn):
  12. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    This looks like a candidate - NFI on my part, just hit the classifieds:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156536#156536
  13. Re: How to Open a Vintage Guitar Store in Seven Easy Steps

    Very inspiring read - I'm about to embark on a new venture, starting an organic farm/farm animal sanctuary back in Ireland. It's nerve-wracking taking this leap into the unknown and the pandemic...
  14. Re: New strap from Mandolin Straps of Montana

    Great looking strap! I'm a fan as well - I have two of Alan's straps, can't recommend them highly enough!
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    Re: Irish Mandolin lessons?

    Marla Fibish gives Skype lessons: http://marlafibish.com/contactteaching.asp
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    Not sure if these would work for you: https://tradbanjo.com/collections/vintage-used-parts/products/tuners-3 but this is my pal Dan's online shop, he restores old tenor banjos and gets vintage parts...
  17. Re: New and recent Tenor, best than vintage Martin's and Gibson ?

    Irish luthier Frank Tate also makes tenor guitars - I'd love to have him build a tenor for me one of these days!
  18. Re: Somebody knows about NK Forste's" Session King Tenor guitar?

    Irish luthier Frank Tate makes tenor guitars as well, I'd love to have him make me a tenor guitar one day!
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    Awesome! Assuming you went with a 17 fret model re: strings you'll want to use heavier gauge strings on a 17 fret tenor vs. a 19 fret tenor. When I played 17 fret tenor banjos I usually went with...
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    Just for the nerdy banjo spotters out there, Angelina plays a 17 fret Oakwood tenor banjo, and most recently I've seen clips of her playing a Dave Boyle 17 fret tenor. Don't think she's ever had a...
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    Keeping your eyes peeled on the classifieds here is a great way to snag a second hand Blue Chip to try out - that way if they're not to your liking you can put it back up for sale here and get your...
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    My pal Dan restores old tenor banjos and sets them up for Irish playing, he only has one banjo listed for sale at the moment but always has a few on the workbench so check his site regularly to see...
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    Re: Advice on a Good Beginner Mandolin

    As you're in the UK an Eastman may be out of your price range - for what you have to spend you might check out either the Ashbury Rathlin or Ashbury Army-Navy models that Hobgoblin stocks- if you're...
  24. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Cheers, Aidan - delighted to contribute, thanks for the kind words!
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    May the days ahead be peaceful ones.
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