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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    My experience with violin Es is that the different coatings do produce different sounds - perhaps partly because the string is being bowed rather than picked? Some violins have problems with the E...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    Some maando stores may carry significant stock. I was looking at the website of one of the better known US mando shops a few days back, they had the Eastman 315 at a good price, listed as cosmetic...
  3. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    Any thoughts on whether the adhesive you use for stuck on internal 'hot dot' style pickups affects the sound?
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    The standard way to mute a violin is to clip something heavy (a metal mute) or something lighter with low vibration transmission (eg a leather mute) to the bridge. That makes a huge difference.
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    My son (who's into electric guitars) says the market here in UK for any kind of old Gibson Les Paul guitar has gone nuts in the last year or so, with far more private Ebay dealers ready to buy...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes - I suspect a particular frequency response curve shape that violin produced was the reason the sound carried so well. Thanks for reminding me about Hobgoblin, Dagger - I looked at their site and...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes - I suspect a particular frequency response curve shape that violin produced was the reason the sound carried so well. Thanks for reminding me about Hobgoblin, Dagger - I looked at their site and...
  8. Thread: The cure for MAS

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    Re: The cure for MAS

    I knew a man who collected double basses (he had 7, took up a whole room), so MAS may not be the worst.
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    Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    What do y'all think of the idea that there are two types of mandoliners - those that think like fiddlers and those that don't? I come from fiddle, play mostly folk styles and keys, and I haven't...
  10. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    I can see that Ray and Hudminster, but where I have in mind to keep it, they sometimes play out in the cold and rain where bowlbacks can fall apart, sometimes on the beach in the sun, and so on. What...
  11. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    My experience suggests that sweetening with a tuner may be largely wasted effort, unless you have an instrument (say a micro fret 12 string guitar in open tuning) that you want to record that really...
  12. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    I used my Peterson to work out a sweetened tuning for my nyckelharpa that favoured keys nearest C. I did this as an experiment, because as a folk player, most music I play is in keys at that end of...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    As a mandolin beginner, I find that using a strap all the time enables me to sit then stand up with no obvious adjustment to the playing position. Which means I have have a bad stance all of the...
  14. Re: Best way to squash down rigid foam in a case?

    Thanks for that Don - the SKB case is probably very similar structure to the Gator case, so should respond similarly. It's a bit like a bike helmet - if it gets a good hit, it loses protection so you...
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    Re: Just Ordered my First Mandolin, Advice?

    Nothing to do with playing, but I suggest getting a hard case. Mandolin is a small easily kicked about our knocked over instrument with high string tension. Every time I put mine in the car trunk in...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    catmandu2 posted on Welsh harp music. Performance of that music must really be an area of speculation - my understanding is that the original instrument ('Celtic' harp style?) may have been rather...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks for all that, Ranald. People here in UK have been becoming more aware of Canadian music for a few years now - French Canadian music to be specific, thanks to the yearly UK tours by the...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    That's an interesting statement, because it suggests that scholarship of music may have more to do with the musical structure on paper than the sound of the tune - but which is the music? I'd argue...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    So, does 'modern traditional' mean anything now, did it ever, and does it matter? You could say it's just a convenient label to indicate you're hearing folk instruments and folk style vocals, but how...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Yes - but I suspect 'twas ever thus'? There's a recording out there called 'Stephen Baldwin - English Village Fiddler' which may however display the opposite. The disk has English dance and other...
  21. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Yeah, but what we need is a metal version of Quay Fair, with Mongolian throat singing - think late Saturday night at the Front bar (Falmouth) :)
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    Yeah, well, I guess I found out why :)
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    I'd suggest everyone tuning at the start as if it's an automatic part of every session (if only...), and of course, tune to whoever can't tune their intrument, which will often be a squeezebox of...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks All for your suggestions - that gives me a great deal to listen to! And for the comment - as a Caribbean taxi driver once said to me - "some folks they are wise, and some folks they are...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    J S Bach was reputed to have invited his homies over for musical shootouts, where one would propose a theme and a chosen victim would improvise on it. Given that improvising was expected of many...
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