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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Reminds me of the story I heard of a club band named Wild Country who drove from way down South to a club in North Carolina, where they played as the house band every summer for eleven years. That...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    My personal pet theory, not based on any research of which I'm aware, has to do with the conventional wisdom that it takes 10,000-20,000 hours to master a skill, such as a musical instrument. I...
  3. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Started on bass and piano so young I don't remember exactly when. I took guitar lessons for a year or so as a teenager, but would never admit to playing anything but bass and keys until recently. ...
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    Re: Mandolin or Octave Mandolin

    I got the Eastman MDO-305 simply because I love the sound of the OM and the bouzouki. Currently having a blast playing it in GDAD, playing folk and various styles. When I'm playing with another...
  5. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    You call your wife up to ask, "Honey, what are you doing after work?" and she without missing a beat says, "I'm meeting you at the music store so you can buy that octave mandolin, aren't I?"
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    Re: Opera singer guitarist in need of help

    Well this is not your typical "Can I use an A-style for bluegrass?" kind of discussion! Sorry I don't have anything useful to add, but I can't wait to read more... :popcorn:
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    Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    I have been in and around music all my life, almost to the point where I can't remember not being able to play something, and I grew up in a setting (church and gospel) which encouraged participation...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    That's exactly what I was asking about. Thanks!
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    If I were into high-end instruments it might give me pause, but my wife and I tend to focus on finding things we enjoy playing without breaking the bank. My Eastman OM is the most expensive new...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    I was actually thinking of posting something along the same lines. I bought an Eastwood MDO-305 OM a few months ago and can hardly keep my hands off of it. But since getting it, I have changed the...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I actually did search the forum as suggested, and found this was quite a hot topic...back in 2011. I assume a few folks have joined since then who might have some...
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    Mandolins "Opening Up"

    So I see people talk about playing a new mandolin, or one that maybe has been stored and recently put back into playing condition, and they talk about it "opening up" and the sound changing as it is...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    FWIW I'm under no illusions that my Harmony is on a par with a vintage Martin or Gibson. It is an heirloom because it was my uncle's guitar. It might be slightly more valuable because of the model...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    Yeah, one reason I went with the JJB externally mounted pickup was because I didn't want to drill into my new instrument and I really didn't have the extra funds to pay a luthier to install one. But...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    I have an old Harmony Roy Smeck from the early 50's. It was my uncle's guitar so it was probably worth more to me to restore it than it would have been to someone else, although I have seen the...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    I went from EJ80's to EJ76's. Have never played EJ72's on it. I don't consider myself very attuned to the fine points of the differences, but the 76's seem to have less buzz and a fuller, richer...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    I've been experimenting with various picks as well. Kinda settling in on Dunlop .88's, which seems to be a popular choice. It feels good and stays put in my fingers pretty well. I may try a...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    Thought I'd update this thread--this weekend I took my MDO-305 out for an amplified gig. First time I've played a regular gig with it, other than some unamplified backup. My wife and I play original...
  19. Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    When I restrung my OM I used the string tension calculator on D'Addario's website. You can input your scale length and try various gauges of strings.
  20. Re: What Mandolin Did I Get From the Thriftstore?

    I would never suggest a good luthier isn't worth their money, but if you're handy at all, fitting a bridge to an $18 mandolin is hardly worth taking up their time. What a great opportunity to...
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    Re: Octave Scale Question

    Or Sarah Jarosz. To me they're very different. Sarah Jarosz does some very un-mandolinish stuff with hers, which I think is awesome.
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    Re: seagull dulcimer vs mandolin

    There's a guy named Ondrej Sarek who sells a line of songbooks for a wide range of instruments including mandolin, mandola, and Merlin. NFI but I have a couple of his Merlin books and they're pretty...
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    Re: seagull dulcimer vs mandolin

    Mandos and Merlins like to hang out together...

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    Re: seagull dulcimer vs mandolin

    Don't want to hijack this thread away from mandos, but welcome to the Merlin club! My wife and I have three (two G's and a D) and we love them. There's a Merlin forum at merliner.co.uk and one or...
  25. Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    I'm neither a physicist nor a long-time mandolinist; just an average guy who is learning his way around a new (to me) instrument. But I have been a musician going on 50 years and I like to think I...
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