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  1. Thread: What next to get?

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    Re: What next to get?

    Agree with the advice to check your set up and technique if you havenít already. That said, MAS enablers we are! If you can go A-style Iíd look for a Silverangel Econo or contact Ken and talk through...
  2. Thread: Secure Endpin?

    by CES
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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    I had this happen on my SA Econo, which I bought from a guy in a much drier climate than me (and, of course, shipping) the first time I played it. Freaked me out, too. Based on a desire to avoid...
  3. Thread: Preamp Question

    by CES
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    Re: Preamp Question

    Iím a neophyte when it comes to amplification, but Iíve used the LR Baggs Venue DI with good results on guitar (LR Baggs M1) and mando (Rigel CT-110 with internal piezo, not sure of the brand). New...
  4. Thread: I went and did it!

    by CES
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    Re: I went and did it!

    I started playing more guitar the fall before the initial lockdown after a couple of graduations and the addition of a budding bass player to our youth praise band (Iím the adult supervision/stray...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Lots of good advice. The main thing is keeping your instrument stabilized in a reasonably consistent position so that you get an optimal pick angle and have the freedom to move your hands around...
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Nice work, David! Of course, there are a couple of my favs I’d sub in, but that’s the great thing about his expansive library. The man has made a lot outstanding music, especially when you consider...
  7. Thread: First mandolin

    by CES
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    Re: First mandolin

    Of the ones you list I would take a chance on Ibanez before the others, especially if you’re thinking acoustic/electric. While they’re not great acoustically, some I’ve played sound decent...
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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    Iím with Mr Condino on the one. My Rigel has the larger banjo frets as did my Silverangel econo, and those mandolins are very playable, sound great, etc. But my Kelley A5 has the taller but narrow...
  9. Thread: Memorizing a song

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    Re: Memorizing a song

    Agree. One of my daughterís friends is a pretty good singer and guitar picker. After one of their coffee shop concerts a few years ago I heard someone ask her mom, ďHow does she learn all that and...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    Agree, Alan. Mine stay in the case storage pocket, though with the OPís experience I may move them to the detritus drawer. I canít recall ever locking any of mine, and agree that, other than keeping...
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    Re: Loar 600 vs Eastman MD615

    Flat top mandolins can be amazing instruments and values, for every genre except bluegrass. I used to own a Flatiron 1N that was a loud tone machine, but they just don’t have the arch top F-hole...
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    Re: Protecting mandolins from changes in climate

    Conventional wisdom is that hard cases offer a more stable environment (and better retention with in case humidifiers as well as more gradual humidity and temp transitions when changing...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Some great discussion here. When I first joined our youth praise band it was to provide a transition in the adult leadership, and because they needed a bass player and I was willing. I remember the...
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    Re: Best all time Inlay's

    Tone and playability are first and foremost, but there are some amazing artists building mandolins (and instruments in general) right now, and I totally respect those able to do intricate and...
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    Re: Lost bit of binding, 1915 F-4

    Looks great!!
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    Re: Microphone for home recording

    Years ago I bought a USB condenser mic for home recording. It was easy but that mic was too easily overdriven. I think I paid $99 for it but canít remember the brand (but it wasnít Shure). In digging...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    I used to have a Weber 22.5 inch scale OM that was a bear for me to play because of the scale length; set up was excellent. It was a rhythm beast, but lead/melody work was a struggle. I played a 20...
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    Just ordered 6 large triangle 1.3 mm picks from Banjo Ben’s, based largely on David Benedict’s love of them in his YouTube pick review video and this thread reminding me that I wanted to try them,...
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    Re: What's the big deal about changing strings?

    Lol, I generally wait too long to change my strings, but am always happy with the outcome. When I was playing at church more pre-COVID I changed strings more frequently, and would do so a few days...
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    Re: NMD and a little story

    I sold my “beaters” in our downsizing about 3 years ago, but I’ll still let the younglings try out my noisemakers. I’m a little more careful with the Rigel since they’re not being made anymore, but...
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    Re: Kentucky 272 and my big problem

    My first mandolin had a flat board and a full FB extension, and I played it in blissful ignorance for a few years. Then I got my Silverangel with a thinner V neck, speed neck, radiused FB, and no...
  22. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    I eventually upgraded from my Silverangel econo model, but it was mainly because I wanted something new and a little more balanced tone up the neck. But, it was a professional grade instrument that...
  23. Thread: Mandolin Pricing?

    by CES
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Agree with the above. I bought a Blues Jr amp at my local Guitar Center a few weeks ago, and it was really shocking how empty the walls were. In the past most of it was entry-mid level guitars and...
  24. Thread: Northfield Model M

    by CES
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    Re: Northfield Model M

    Congratulations! I oscillate between the J74 and J75 gauges, and have had 2 mandolins in particular that just sung with 75s: an overbuilt Kentucky 675-S and a Silverangel Econo. The latter is my “one...
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    Re: New (to me) Gibson A5L . To scoop of not....

    The mando I started with had a full extension, and I just kind of got used to the metronome click effect, but all of my current mandolins have either truncated fretboards or a scooped extension. I...
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