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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    If I were even under 40, I'd definitely want to start learning to fiddle. At this point, it's too late. No one will want to hear a mediocre fiddle player who's 95 years old, which would be my age...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    Frankly, I've never heard of them. The website gives NO information. Is there more info anywhere?
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Have you tried Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, a recording studio in Chapel Hill where the CD was recorded? Just a thought; he might have some info if you catch him when he's not working.
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    Re: New Northfield Model M

    I was the second owner of the #2 Model M. Its tone surprised me with its depth given its price.
    The neck was maybe the most comfortable narrow radiused neck I've ever played.
    Very nice...
  5. Thread: Best Armrest

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    Re: Best Armrest

    I've bought perhaps 5 or 6 of Doug's armrests through the years. All except the first have been McClungs. Love them.
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    When forming 4 finger chords (chop chords):

    1. Make sure you're approaching th fingerboard like a fiddle player (fingers almost parallel to length of fingerboard, not 'across' the board.)

    2. ...
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    I think it's in the general vicinity of Oregon now. Elderly in 2010 offered it for $342,000, IIRC. I presume that was a consignment offer.
  8. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Of course we think that.

    Given the amount of knowledge this guy had, and the materials at hand, he didn't do such a bad job. And maybe he just likes tuners to be easily accessible.;)
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Seems unlikely, doesn't it? That's why I thought someone might have a good story from the old days.
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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    Addendum: I've looked through some old pix and found some evidence of wear years ago, but perhaps to a lesser degree.
    So, I am now supposing that the mandolin is getting some play time and the wear...
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    Damage to Loar A5???

    I recently came across a picture of the Loar A5 which apparently shows an area where the finish is scraped (or worn) off of the treble side of the upper rib near the heel.
    I'd never noticed that on...
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    Re: The Ghost Mandolin

    I think it looks good, but you need to be playing something jazzy while wearing a tuxedo.;)
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I'll say it once more:

    Unroll the strings with the loops facing left; then work with 2 strings at a time;
    hold the paper tab with your right hand and pull the entire lengths of the 2 strings...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Mike, I think I see your point. The fallacy is that a difference in the age of the individual rings makes a difference.

    All the stuff that we discuss about "old wood" and "instruments getting...
  15. Thread: Classifieds

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    Re: Classifieds

    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool
    Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.



    What I meant by this is that what is best for a buyer is not necessarily best for...
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    Re: D'Addario Delivers A Holiday Turkey

    Sorry. I totally disagree. Couldn't stand the feel of the EXP coating.
    XTs sound less jangly to me right out of the pack. I really can't FEEL any coating on the XTs. :)

    I've had a set on...
  17. Thread: Classifieds

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    Re: Classifieds

    Sellers would like for you to at least see the picture and perhaps be tempted to change your budget. Pretty obvious isn't it? Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.:)...
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    Radex D'Andrea picks are the least pick click producer that I've found. Not quite as fast off the strings as BC. NFI
  19. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Thanks Ralph. I've reread the responses on the previous page and a dim bulb is beginning to light up a little.

    My musical history has been one of strictly rhythm/simple backup player for decades...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Markers on the face of the fretboard don't matter to me.
    Side markers I like and use.

    In fact, I wish EVERYBODY would put 2 dots on the side at the 12th fret. I've got some with only one dot...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've owned 2 very nice mandolins, each costing 5K to 10K, which had non-adjustable truss rods which needed refrets to replace non-worn out frets so that the neck could be straightened. Both built by...
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    Ted, Do you have any insight on exactly what is meant by "Strings stay in tune 131% better than traditional strings!" ?

    E.g. does it mean for a longer time, or less deviation of string...
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    Here's a picture of the wood of which I speak.
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    I've had XTs on a couple of mandolins for the past 6 weeks or so. I like the sound and expecially like the feel of the strings much better than EXPs. Only time will tell how long they last in good...
  25. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Ralph,
    You have to know that I'm not really a jazz guy. Although I enjoy some jazz, my ignorance is overwhelming. So I'm not noticing all those things that are obvious to you, but not noticeable...
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