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    Re: Guitar player learning mandolin

    All of the above advice is spot on! It sounds like your instrument has never been set up and is also an inexpensive mandolin. You can buy nut files from Stewart MacDonald if you are inclined to do...
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    Re: Original song - Long Road

    That’s a great song! I really enjoyed your mandolin playing.
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    Snow On The Pumpkins

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    I wrote this song over the last couple days to try out my new "used" mandolin. I love the sound of mandolin, but I'm still learning how to play it.

    Snow On The Pumpkins

    Here is the...
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    Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    Sorry Allen, I have no idea how the top is braced. It’s resonant and perfectly flat. That’s about all I know about it’s construction.
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    Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    Here is what my Flat Top sounds like:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-yURyzAu7A
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    New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    I'm enjoying my latest acquisition, a used Flat Top Mandolin made by Minnesota builder Steve Rossow. Steve built somewhere around 20 mandolins consisting of F5's, A5's and only 2 Flat tops (I...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    “PERFECTION IS OVERRATED” I’ve learned that lesson over and over again. It’s admirable to strive for it, but in the end it might drive you crazy.
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    Re: Douglas fir

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    This guitar top is made of Douglas Fur. The instrument was made by Damon Kapke, Duluth MN especially for me. I've had it for at least 15 years with no problems. I play the guitar plugged...
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    Thanks everyone for your input. I feel like I have a much clearer idea of what I’m looking for now.

    This thread has shown me the level of knowledge among the group as well as a sincere effort to...
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    Thank you everyone, I’m gradually honing in on the answer. It’s starting to look like a 20” scale is what I’m looking for. More than likely this will go the same way as guitars and mandolins . . ....
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    Re: Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    Thanks guys! I think it’s becoming a clearer picture for me. Somewhere near the middle of the 18 - 22” range sounds like the option. I can imagine that every 1/4” makes a difference. My Gibson...
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    Scale length for Octave Mandolin

    Iím thinking of having a ďtear dropĒ Octave Mandolin made for me. The builder has made octaves from 18 - 22Ē scale length. My inclination is longer. What is the consensus here?

    Iím also thinking...
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    Look For A Reason To Smile

    Look For A Reason to Smile - A new original song recorded with a Gibson Hummingbird guitar and my 100 year old Sweetheart, 1917 Gibson A4 (tinkling in the background)

    Look For A Reason To Smile
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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    Interesting discussion! I have always been inclined toward the heavier strings. Now I’m wondering if it’s time for some experimentation.

    I had a luthier set up my Gibson J 200 and an old Dobro...
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    Re: New Big Muddy - Myrtlewood!?

    I also have a Breedlove guitar with Myrtlewood back and sides, Spruce top. It plays great and the tone is exceptional. I played it in front of a group of people one night and was approached by one...
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    Re: Comping Your Willie: Tutorial

    That was fun! Nice video.
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    That’s pretty neat. I’m a songwriter, focused at the moment, on writing in modes other than Ionian. I just finished Sacred Place (sailing Lake Superior) in Dorian Mode.

    For me there is still a...
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    Sacred Place - Sailing Lake Superior

    Original song featuring Irish Whistle and Mandolin (1917 Gibson A4) accenting my Gibson J 200 guitar.

    Sacred Place
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    Paradise . . . Original Song

    Here is an original song written for the current song writing challenge offered by Minnesota Homebrew Radio Show. "Write a song about Home"

    I'm trying my best on Mando but I'll admit I need work....
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    Re: Who makes 2 point models

    Mike Atkinson from Colorado makes 2 Points. Iíve never played one but Iíve heard some positive things.

    Here is his website: http://mlatkinson.com/

    I own a Morris mandolin. Itís not a two...
  21. Re: Looking for feedback on an original bluegrass tune

    Itís good to hear some original music! All three of you looked like youíre having fun. I thought the lyrics created a good story line and the music supplied the support.

    Well done!
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    Survaillance Video Brought Me Down

    I just got my Old Gibson Mandolin back from the Luthier and had to try it out. I'm not much of a mandolin player but I sure do enjoy playing it.

    Here is my new original tune.

    Survaillance...
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    Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    I have a Big Muddy (M4 I think) and I also have a Morris arch top with F holes. So .... not the same but I will say that I experimented with picks and strings until I heard the sound I wanted.
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    My 100 Year Old Sweetheart

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    I just got her back from the luthier for a little fret leveling and crowning. Now I can't keep my hands off her!
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I just bought a few Dunlop Primetone picks based on the recommendation of the local music store. He said it was the most popular among the Bluegrass community. I’ll admit, I like the tone. The...
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