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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    You simply have to try different picks with the same mandolin. Every combination will get you a different sound, tone, and volume. To my ear, a BC TAD 50-3R has a fuller, smoother, deeper tone than...
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    Re: Blue Chips

    29 October 2009. TAD 50. Still use it. Stash it between the strings above the nut. I do go to a 55 or 60 with a bevel if I want to hear myself in a bluegrass jam.
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Add all of the classical players who play with banjo players to the "yes" column.:)
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    Strings and setup

    If I change from J74 to75s, how will it effect the setup?
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    I do not and would not. It looks like it is easy to tip over. I also do not have the $69 stand from Amazon. The difference may not be worth the cost, but the difference in design is enough to tell...
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    I do not and would not. It looks like it is easy to tip over. I also do not have the $69 stand from Amazon. The difference may not be worth the cost, but the difference in design is enough to tell...
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Because other people have different tastes?
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    Thanks everyone. It feels like I am hearing the voices of mandolin lovers with a lot of technical knowledge. I hear you. I will not do anything to the top of my mandolin except dust it.

    Having...
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    John, I am so pleased that you weighed in. One of my most trusted and respected voices at the Cafe. "Well, John said," always gets me in my comfort zone.
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    Lacquer to varnish?

    I have a favorite mandolin, seven years old with a lacquered black top. The appropriate value is $8,000. Over the years flaws in the finish have appeared (faded areas) that seriously affect my...
  11. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    If a correlation was demanded, or even expected, between the ability of the owner and the quality of the mandolin, there would be three builders left in the world, because the rest would have starved...
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    Re: To Gibson or not?

    I vote with Jimmy. It sounds like you may be wanting to give a better sounding experience as a wedding present. There are always exceptions, but the chances that the bride will recognize that you...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Thanks for all you have contributed. I tried to report what I experienced in a way that was true to my perceptions. Without data I was left to question my own subjectivity, so I finished with an...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Well said.
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    Re: Weighty Question

    I agree in general with where you folks coming from, but it does have a limit. If there is a positive comparison, there is an implied negative one. I don't find all of my pick, string, bridge,...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Thanks to those who have responded. The conversation went where I hoped that it would: if, what, and how we hear changes to our instruments. Nothing here that I haven't read before over the years...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Thanks for your response. I am limited to a lay person's conceptual framework and vocabulary, so I appreciate your help. I see my speaker cone vibrate more as I turn the volume up and assume a...
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    Weighty Question

    Correctly or not, when I play standing, I am convinced that a tone-Gard releases volume by allowing the back, and to some extent the entire mandolin, to vibrate more freely than pressed into my...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    I learned this trick here on the Cafe years ago. I have never had a strap come loose or even feel like it had a chance to come off. The beer was good too.
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    I took off EXP74s To try 11-40XTs on my Daley. I am only one day into the trial, but so far my experience matches yours right down to the "tubby" G strings. I want to give them a few days to see if...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Thanks, Mike
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    "Tedís the only moderator I have met, when he was at the old downtown store before it closed. We both have a love of mandolins and a receding hairline. I think I have heard one of his talks, he let...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Thanks everyone. I think that we are through talking about Lloyd Loar or his pick.
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    That has been my limited experience as well. I am 73 and have my grandfather's pick stash. They are small and thin, but I don't know that tells me too much beyond his preference.
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    Lloyd Loar's Pick

    I am sure that many of us have an array of picks within reach when we are playing our mandolin. The obvious reason is that different picks can so dramatically change the sounds being produced. That...
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