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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    My pinky hurts when I nail it down:(
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    Re: Chord drones?

    IRealPro.
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    Re: Again with the picks

    Some boutique makers, (Blue Chip) show their sizes related to coins but I don't know of any who list dimensions. I'm sure if there are, it'll be pointed out:)

    Get on the pick sampler list. With...
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    Re: Improvising

    I don't agree with the first statement.



    Merriam-Webster defines composing as 'formulate and write music'. Improvisation doesn't involve any attempt at permanence, although someone may record...
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    Re: Woodsong's Lutherie

    The one most familiar with mandolins?
  6. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    If you can't hear a difference, why bother? Its like if you can't tell the difference between a Rogue and a Gilchrist, smile that you saved $20K.
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of a 'Kitolin'?

    Pretty early f hole guitar-like instrument, isn't it? I have no idea when f hole guitars originated.
  8. Re: Aaron Weinstein Interview in JazzTimes

    Great, thoughtful article about such a wonderful player.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    It may have gone to sleep and when awake you may find it sounds like an oboe. You never know.......
  10. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    You can strive for whatever you want. Don't think others will share your goals.

    On my plane of existence, playing nice with the other kids is always a good trait, and provides a great deal of...
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    It’s not about the sound. It’s the ‘historical artifactness’ of it.
  12. Re: Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert

    Thanks for the heads up but I can't make it either, although I will be attending the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra's Christmas show on the 13th. Tickets at:
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    Re: Classical Mandolin

    Everyone here thinks mandolins are under appreciated, regardless of the style of music being played:)
  14. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Sad times when a producer is applauded for actually providing the service they sold to their customers.
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    Sadly, this book is unavailable on Amazon.
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    If they made the labels slightly longer, it would be real easy to just cut them off, maybe only .5” longer. I do realize that in a run of a million strings, with the labels at .25” wide, they’d use...
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    Re: The Mando Boys

    Nice. Thanks
  18. Re: Looking for mando arrangements of Jewish music, prayers

    Check out Andy Statman's albums, www.andystatman.org. His record, Songs of our Fathers, with David Grisman, might have something you can use.
  19. Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    The least expensive used Henriksen JazzAmp head is $350 at a Guitar center., which has no effects. Adding a speaker and cabinet would be significant. I suspect getting what you pay for comes into...
  20. Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    If it matters, Don S plays both the Quilter Micropro and a Henriksen JazzAmp. Curiously, Paul Glasses’s Gear section doesn’t list amps.
  21. Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    I think its typically useful to get some competent instruction in the beginning, even only 1 or 2 sessions, to manage the ergonomics. Maybe that can be managed online with videos from Mike Marshall,...
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I have one of Soliver's and another brand. For comfort, Soliver's is much nicer. Quality of construction is basically identical.
  23. Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    I'm looking for a clean, fat jazz tone that can overcome my Mandocaster and 5 string solid body Kentucky inherent 'solidbodyness'. I know that's not really possible, but I have a little Jazzkat...
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    Re: For $300....would you?

    Nope. Not significantly different from your stable,
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    Re: Improvising

    1. Because you have to start somewhere.
    2. Interesting or boring is a matter of taste.
    3. Many situations (jams) have unbounded repetoire choice so rehearsal for specific tunes is not possible....
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