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  1. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    I'd say you're casting the net pretty narrowly with that angle on folk music. To me it is much broader than that. Certainly I embrace folk music from many countries and folk traditions from different...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    That's an interesting point, regarding changing one string at a time.

    Nowadays I sometimes take off all of the strings, of course the bridge then comes off too, I give the fretboard and body a...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Explanations are the icing on the cake, but lack of explanation doesn't make a phenomenon a mere anecdote.

    Eclipses of the Sun and of the Moon still took place, were just as genuine when the cause...
  4. Thread: Only 20k

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    Re: Only 20k

    Now a mere 2.5k
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    Re: Only 20k

    Now only 5k.
  6. Thread: What the??????

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    Re: What the??????

    It was done, all the way back in mediaeval times, the instrument is called a hurdy-gurdy.
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    Re: Is this a Lyon & Healy?

    Tailpieces are replaced. But it us on the scratch-plate too. (that's 'pick guard' to some).
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    Re: Eastman MD614 opinions?

    Particularly as the 300's have the cast tailpiece as standard now.
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    When I started out, I'd play until the frets cut the wound strings into neat little segments, each of which would spin around and slide up and down the core. When those used to unwind and leave...
  10. Re: Difference in sound in flat top and arch top?

    Though I'd always try to play several different instruments for comparison before purchase, it also seems in my experience that living with an instrument long-term, playing it both at home and in...
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    Re: Is this a Lyon & Healy?

    I've no idea, though the lyre logo on the scratchplate and also on the tailpiece (though difficult to see) would seem the strongest clue towards identification.

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  12. Re: Difference in sound in flat top and arch top?

    I've played round/oval hole flat-tops for decades. Bit of a newcomer to the arch-top with f-holes.

    What I'm hearing as I play is that the arch-top takes the energy supplied when the string is...
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    Re: Tab writing apps

    I recently tried TEFview. I didn't like the display much at all, but for my own purposes, just having a program which outputs the sound is most useful. I'd use a combination of looking at a score in...
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    Re: 1939 A-type found in Kenya

    The name Elchuk sounds like a Ukrainian origin. Certainly in Canada there are Ukrainian communities, and that might be a direction to look.
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    Re: Pango Afanti A5 (PMD-717) review

    It looks like one of these is available on UK Ebay, with setup and fitted pickups. I don't need the pickup, otherwise I might have been interested. Price is about on a par with Eastman. Described as...
  16. Re: Reversed mando tuning/strings for guitar player?

    The comparison of mandolin with flute is interesting. I often think when I play mandolin, what I'm really doing is emulating a vocalist, the type of inflection and emphasis that a vocalist gives when...
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    Re: Transcribing from sheet music to tab help

    No need for hard work: there's an online abc to tab converter here:
    https://www.mandolintab.net/abcconverter.php
  18. Re: Hard of hearing in the session - any practical ideas?

    I'm sure we're all different. I've not had a hearing test, but I'm well aware that I don't hear as well nowadays as I did in my youth. I don't have any real solutions. Recently I sat out by the edge...
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    Re: Help! Buying my first mandolin!

    At the same time, if cost is a factor (it is for many of us), consider spending on something which sounds good and feels comfortable to play.

    One can also spend money on the visual/aesthetic...
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    Re: Help! Buying my first mandolin!

    I'd say one thing you need to decide is oval-hole or f-hole. They don't sound the same. The models you listed are all f-hole. Is that a deliberate choice or simply because that's what you've heard...
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    Re: Help deciding on a new mandolin

    Some of the bowl-backs, even more recent or low-end ones can sound pretty good indeed. But to my mind they are somewhat of a home or safe-environment instrument, not suitable for every occasion.
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    Re: Eastman 305 question

    Glad it was useful.

    Yes it's mine. I've played mandolin for many decades, but I'm unfamiliar with this style of mandolin, (used to flat-top oval hole). It has a different character so I'm feeling...
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    Re: Eastman 305 question

    You mean just here? MD305:
    176309176310
    Strap is for purposes of photo only, it isn't attached like that.
  24. Re: This is not your mothers cutting board mandolin..

    Previously listed at $425
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/1137-Mandolin-Oddities?p=1706500&viewfull=1#post1706500
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    Re: Mandolin Oddities

    It might be fun to learn some weird fingering to get just one (specially chosen) tune out of it, then hand it to someone else to play.
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