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    Re: Automation replacing mandolins?

    Bet it can’t make the mistakes I can.
  2. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    It sure sounds like a suggestion!

    Wonderful brilliant writer of so many great, great songs. Aside from Dutchman and Mandolin, I always come back to Roving Cowboy (Ballad of Dan Moody) and Spoon...
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    Re: Dunlop 500 .96mm

    Must try those. I normally go with the green Dunlop .88s. My preferred compromise, just the slightest bit of give. They do all wear on the point though. Just recently read someone or other who...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I recently acquired an MTO, I love the old Gibson sound and feel but for what I do the MTO is more suitable.

    It has a lot to do with your playing style and environment. If you want to be able to...
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    Re: Breedlove American 00

    The Crossovers came out with laminate sides and back. I’ve played one and thought it was just fine, but not to the point that I wanted to spend $700 Cdn +tx on it. I’d grab it at under $200 US tho....
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    No charge? And they knew you bought it used? Wow, you’re talkin my language! Thanks.
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    Re: Easiest Strings to Play?

    D’addario makes flatwounds at a much more affordable price than the Thoms. Definitely easier on the fingers.

    Thing is, you have to consider more than the cost of a single set of strings. How much...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    There’s that too, and I DO have a set with longer, equal length shafts that I like better—but they’re on my Seagull S8!
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    That’s a pretty little pancake, but like most, I’m just here for the existentialism.

    Thread has been up almost 24 hours, I’m a little concerned JeffD hasn’t commented....
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Hmm...looking at the current Collings A-style lineup on their site right now, it is evident that almost all of the A’s are equipped with the modified-length Gotohs you mention—with the exception of...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Ha, just noticed that I gave into the temptation to call the mando a GTO, a few posts above ;/=.
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Thanks Ray, You bring up a good point. The tuners are equal length short shafts with very little clearance between the button and the headstock at the top button in particular. It’s a little...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Musicality or musicianship? I would say musicality is intrinsic, but musicianship is learning the details that allow one to improve one”s musicality.

    Like a lot of kids of my era, I started by...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Well done Jim, I was going to chime in with my routine Eastie-500-series endorsement (I get a nickel from them each time).

    You might find the Eastman tailpiece a bit finicky for slipping the...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Thanks for the responses. I’ve concluded that the tuners are Golden Age, bright nickel/black buttons, they are exactly as shown on the S-M site. They are functional enough, I just don’t like the...
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    Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    I recently got a 2011 Collings GTO. Love the instrument but the original tuners are decidedly underwhelming—Gotohs I think? Small black buttons, hard to turn and constantly need adjustment. Just...
  17. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Hi Ranald, I tried to employ the unusual strategy on July 1 of going into Ottawa that day to avoid traffic congestion ;/=. Didn’t work cause I forgot the keys to the place I was checking on and gave...
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    Re: New Brian Dean LaBraid 10-string

    Wow....I have to look this guy up. (I spend a lot of time in Sydney.) Thanks for the pics and sound clip.
  19. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    JeffD...can’t argue with pure poetry!

    It’s really hard to guess what you will end up liking, or not, in the sub 1k range, (which is the only range I’ve ever been in, till today, bit 5hats another...
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    Re: a strange mandolin

    That bridge looks to me like it should be about 2.5cm closer to the tailpiece. There isn’t enough room, even with the short fingerboard, for comfortable picking as it is shown. Typically there...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Gibson A-9 is a pretty good buy and in your price range. Has the advantage of modern feel, which to me means firstly a radiused fingerboard, truss rod, and not the maintenance responsibilities of a...
  22. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    Well Mr Redbeard, if you’re interested in the thoughts of a bearded old forestry tech/mando guy, I think you’re onto something when you consider the mid-range Eastmans. A body/f-holes: The 505 is a...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Oliver Apitius makes some A’s. I Haven’t had the pleasure...has anyone else? They’re in your range I’d say.
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    I would submit that there’s something significant missing in your assessment process.

    How does it play? How does it feel and sound? That is what matters.

    If you haven’t learned to play yet,...
  25. Re: Its All Over Now Baby Blue on Octave Mando

    As I threatened, here’s my version of Andy Irvine’s classic “O’Donaghue’s”. I got obsessed with this song, and the life it portrays, after seeing Andy perform it in Louisbourg NS last summer. I...
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