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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    You're missing the best. But to each his own.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Dr Duck's AxWax
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I'll say it is a question of cleaning. If the corrosive agent is not removed from the strings, they silently get eaten away while sleeping in the case, despite not being played.
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    Re: The perfect T-shirt

    I always wondered if there is a submarine counterpart to playing the accordion to cows.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I would have called it a mandukulello.
    But the center tuner feels weird in my mirror neurons.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I had a different acoustic deja-vu, and I think I know what Bratsche's next challenge is going to be... ;)
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    ... and naturally distressed!
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I think it's just an attempt to filter the bad connotations of "old". I'll say we're "matured" and "authentic".
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I feel nothing. I was born an old man 64 years ago. So what's changed?
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    :( It does not play to me - apparently, Mr Natural does not want to put up with European General Data Protection Regulations.
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Not the worst point to start. Steeleye Span comes to mind...
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    Re: Are tenor guitars slightly evil?

    I was under the impression that anything tuned to GDAE is mando family... :cool:
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    What's wrong with novelties? The OM is at least as good for song accompaniment as the guitar, it can be fingerpicked, it can be wet-tuned.



    Melody playing with lots of doublestops is what I do....
  14. Re: My first split screen video: Splendid Isolation.Process expla

    The name of the tune seems to be made for Corona times :grin:
    I missed out on this in May, glad I saw it rush past this time around. These long-distance collaborations have a comforting effect.
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Never looked back after changing to EVO. But it was done by a qualified luthier (the same one who did two great refret jobs for me before), and some of the issues mentioned in the OP seem to be more...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    It happens to me more often when I'm tired, after a hard day's work. My playing is most reliable in the morning - unfortunately, sessions or gigs are hardly ever scheduled at that time of day. So...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Much like Joey, I'm doing an hour daily.
    Your fingers will adapt to the pressure if you give them time and don't overdo it - injury is not the way, pain is a warning sign that is there for a reason....
  18. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    As for the age spectrum, I suspect there is a filter at work here. After all, this is not electric guitars.

    Assuming you start playing at an age when the mandolin slowly looms out of the mists of...
  19. Re: “Tuonne taakse metsämaan” (“To the woodland far away”)

    Very interesting - one pick plus one finger? As technique makes the instrument, this mandolin plays out of the box by far :cool:
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    Re: Alternate tunings?

    errhhh... supposing you mean CGDA, capo the 5th fret and you're there. Winding up a 4th without a capo would require lighter strings.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Yes, since a pick is really supposed to integrate with arm, hand and fingers to make a complete sensory perception, thus integrating with procedural memory as well, we are all in different places in...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Clayton Ultem 0.56 because of their grainy raspiness and bright overtones. If the galaxy has a dry, woody center, I am in the outer rim...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    You mean, just like Brylcreem fills the space between hairs, music theory fills the space between the ears? :grin:
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    should I ever meet an OM that's better than my Fylde Touchstone, I might reconsider, but this didn't happen for almost 20 years now, so it's unlikely.
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon, you need this one ;)
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