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  1. Re: Favorite clip-on microphone for Irish bouzoukis

    I use a DPA 4099 clip-on mic on my octave mandolin, clipping it on when needed. It's wonderful, has very good feedback rejection. I have it mounted at the lower body facing the F-hole:

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    Re: Octave in the Mix

    You've discovered the same problem of overlap that happens in Irish sessions, where there is inevitably a guitar player already present. Sometimes more than one. Octave mandolin accompaniment tends...
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    Re: Banish Misfortune

    That sounded good to me, Paul. Nice job! It's faster than I play it, but not by much. All due respect to slower interpretations, but for me "Banish" is a tune that comes alive when it's played at a...
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    Re: Alternate tunings?

    Not necessarily. You get the "mean" sound an octave below a mandolin with a long enough scale length and a large enough resonant air mass in the body to support the pitch. There's a reason these...
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    Re: Help with case color

    I picked a "cream" color for my Pegasus case order. I wanted something lighter in color not just for sun protection, which isn't much of an issue because I'm not likely to leave the case out in the...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I was in a local Irish trad band for a few years with a friend who is a very good violinist and teacher. Classically trained, he was the musical director of the Mantovani Orchestra in its last years...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I believe the TI "Stark" (Hard) strings at .011 - .034 gauge are considered more or less equivalent to D'Addario or GHS medium strings which run .011 - .040 gauge.

    I ran TI flatwound Starks on my...
  8. Re: Opinions about trading out a Weber Sage OM #1

    If part of what's driving your decision is a desire for a pickup, something you might consider as an alternative is a clip-on microphone for your current Weber.

    In my experience, that provides a...
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    Re: Pickguard for a Weber Octave?

    I have that same Weber integrated tailpiece and armrest on my Yellowstone F OM, which I think was a stock feature at the time. You might be able to order one from Weber. It works fine.

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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    I had a mandola for a couple of years, and since I play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad, I capo'd it at the second fret for DAEB. It finally occurred to me that I could just tune it in...
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    For fiddle tunes (all I play are Irish and Scottish trad tunes), I never damp with my right hand. I never damp with my left hand on the fast tunes like jigs and reels.

    On the slower tunes like...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    I've experienced the "pressure effect" a few times over the years. I thought I was over that, until I picked up a new instrument (Irish flute) a few years ago and was back to square one on the...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    I'm probably breaking some unwritten MAS rule here, but I'm still playing the first mandolin I bought, uh (counting on fingers and toes)... 13 years ago. A Lebeda Premium Plus F-style with a redwood...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Like Jill's post above, I play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad, and I like a thinner pick that facilitates "treble" ornaments.

    I also like being able to use the same pick for mandolin,...
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    I've never used a lubricant. Both the original Schaller and replacement Waverly tuners on my mandolin and OM work fine without it.
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    I'm still scratching my head and wondering why you'd want to make a case that's already fairly heavy, even heavier. On the other hand, that might just be my age talking. When I was younger (much...
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    Looks way cool, but that's gonna add weight to an already heavy case. And where will you put the stickers? :)

    Anyway, I agree with the above post that any good local leather worker could make it...
  18. Re: Practice Schedules for Multi-Instrumentalists

    I don't have any advice other than don't give up! It takes a while, actually a long while to get your embouchure together and feeling like you finally know what you're doing. Every flute player I've...
  19. Re: Practice Schedules for Multi-Instrumentalists

    My currently "active" instruments:

    "Irish" wooden 8-keyed flute in D
    Mandolin
    Octave mandolin
    Steel string acoustic guitar
    Nylon string acoustic guitar

    I try to practice every day, usually...
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    Re: How Do I Start and Run A Session?

    It sounds like you may have already decided on a format, but what stands out to me as someone who regularly attends Irish and mixed Irish/Scottish sessions is the mention of sheet music and music...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Not necessarily. :)

    There are genres like Irish and Scottish traditional music, where the primary role of the mandolin is to play the melody, not chords. Harmonic backup is considered less...
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    There may not be many "hard rules" when it comes to mandolin fingering, but if you're talking about Irish/Scottish trad, then I think it makes sense to look at what the fiddlers do. It's almost the...
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    Re: paddy on the turnpike

    Reels in Irish trad are usually written in 4/4 but counted as 2/2 for tempo/metronome beats (too long a discussion to get into), which means she's playing at around 107 bpm, pretty standard tempo for...
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    Re: Help with video conferencing

    Latency is the problem, as others have mentioned. You can't play in sync with others if the latency is too bad, and that's inevitable with the way packets move across the Internet. Your best bet is...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    A friend loaned me Butch Baldassari's mandolin tutor book when I first started on mandolin 13 years ago, so I searched out his music.

    That wasn't exactly the first inspiration though, because I...
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