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    Re: Thoughts on String Gauges

    Several thoughts.

    Ultimately the decision is yours and the right to change your mind is yours. It does not matter how many others are doing it. :)

    I think you can get used to anything, and any...
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    Re: Concerning Loar copy mandolins

    Yes.



    Yes.



    Exactly!
  3. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    I agree with this. At that age everything is difficult, and everything is fun. If she can play a regular instrument the regular way, she will have the life time advantage of not needing special...
  4. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    Speaking from the point of view of a left-handed person who plays in the so-called right handed manner, I'd ask you if she were interested in piano would you look for a left-handed one?
    Both hands...
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    Re: Tough times, tough decisions

    Among the toughest times is when sitting in a departure lounge, waiting for a delayed flight. The Irish have ways to deal with that..


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_XvKcLxj6I
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    The reason for the Collings price increase was widely communicated with their retailers and business partners, less so with consumers, but I saw plenty of evidence on the Forum here it got seen by...
  7. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I fixed the spelling of D'Addario in that thread so it would be found via search easier.
  8. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I like the new pick a lot, but after playing awhile with a couple guitar players, I'm back to the BC Ct55. Sounds great playing solo at home though.
  9. Thread: Solo builders

    by Scotter
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    Re: Solo builders

    I agree with others here in that not only are you veering but you're starting to contradicting yourself. While everyone, including shop owners and other players, will admire your desire to not be an...
  10. Thread: Solo builders

    by Mandobar
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    Re: Solo builders

    Br1ck, you are a conundrum. You say you want an education in mandolins, bad enough to suggest buying a plane ticket and do some travel, but when presented with the opportunity to play several very...
  11. Thread: Blue Chips

    by Benski
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    Re: Blue Chips

    It's either here: 183737 or its here: 183738 which is a habit of mine that predates BlueChips by decades
  12. Thread: Blue Chips

    by OldSausage
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    Re: Blue Chips

    I have found that the only way not to lose picks is to keep them threaded in the strings of my mandolin. Pouches no, little tins no, pockets no, scattered on the floor no. In a very special place...
  13. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    One opinion is to buy an instrument better than you are and that removes one of the variables from the equation, it's definitely you that needs to improve.
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Thanks for all you have contributed. I tried to report what I experienced in a way that was true to my perceptions. Without data I was left to question my own subjectivity, so I finished with an...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    My point was, as others have observed before:
    Why is the change which was observed nearly always positive? If a tailpiece, etc. has such power over the tone of an instrument, why don't we see a...
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    As much as anyone wants to talk about improving the sound they really don't. No tailpiece does. They do make string changes easier and they are a work of art.
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    As someone who is 'mostly' a lefty I think it is simply what was presented to us when we started playing. We learned to do it that way. In almost all cases it involved strumming with the right hand...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    You can always find a reason to not do something if you're so inclined. Just putting that out there.

    I think the idea of talent (as opposed to dogged determination) strikes at our concept of...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    There is talent (which I have none of);
    There is practice which leads to ability (which I have some of);
    but in my mind the most important aspect of music is love. If you don't love music your...
  20. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Yes, I agree with what everyone is saying on here about check it out yourself, etc. If you're willing to pay $15k or whatever the price is for a MM, you can shell out a few hundred bucks for a plane...
  21. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    At that price point may as well fly to Nashville and play mandolins til you find the one you can't put down. Price wise that is not that much compared to how much you are investing in the instrument....
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    Re: Mandolin ToneRite on guitar?

    Snake oil does not discriminate between intruments.;)

    Just park your guitar next to your home audio speaker.....
  23. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

    by JeffD
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Being heard is necessary but not sufficient. And its half full half empty thing. Are you not loud enough or are the others playing too loud. .. Or, get a resonator and just blast them.


    My RM-1...
  24. Thread: Cedar Hill

    by Dawg
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    Re: Cedar Hill

    Thanks for the interest in this, my first, tune! Too set the record straight, here's the "official" chart including tab, which illustrates the fact that I use my pinky on the 7th fret in bars 3 & 4...
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    I think we discussed once that Skaggs did "Daniel Prayed" using GUJ tuning on the video with Patty Loveless. Sounds great. (his break is at 50 sec.):)
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