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  1. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    If it holds, just play it. Nobody has ever, ever ever, come up to me at a jam or performance and commented on the neatness of my string turnings on the capstan. It never happens.

    I would never...
  2. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I am going to have to respectfully disagree. I think the market for better or worse sets the price ranges at which the mandolin will sell, based on rarity, quality, reputation of the brand and/or...
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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    Long before the cafe I used to subscribe to the Mandolin World News. It was a little magazine printed on several 8.5 X 11 colored sheets stapled in the middle, but it was a life line.

    But for MWN...
  4. Thread: Fret markers

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    Re: Fret markers

    Yes the fifth fret is the octave of the open string below, and the 10th fret is the octave of the fifth fret on the string below. 15th fret etc. Very useful information.


    I am sure their are...
  5. Thread: Fret markers

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    Re: Fret markers

    One sees the tenth fret marked on many (most?) tenor guitars.
  6. Re: Wrote me a new song... so I added some mando!

    I really like the mandolinning. Good singing too. I am not a good judge of the lyrics. I believe if I heard them 100 times, i would really like them. But on first hearing, if all the singing were...
  7. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    I have had experience with all the different shippers, and very (very) rarely had a problem with any of them.

    As an aside 60 miles is not a crazy drive for a musical instrument. I much prefer...
  8. Thread: Blue Sky Boys

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    Re: Blue Sky Boys

    I have the Blue Sky Boys box set. And for a while i had those CDs as my exclusive rotation, just on all the time. You get those harmonies and riffs in your head and they will eventually come out your...
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    Re: Fret markers

    I guess a lot of this is prejudiced on what you are used to and how you came about as a musician. That acknowledged, to me, the tenth fret marker just makes so much sense on instruments normally...
  10. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    The difference between mandolin prices and guitar prices, IMO, has little to do with comparisons of relative difficulty of manufacture.

    It is almost entirely do to supply and demand. The market...
  11. Thread: upgrade thoughts

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    Re: upgrade thoughts

    I don't know where you are in NY (guessing by your name), NY has many good places to kick a few tires and then buy a mandolin. Many. Might be a fun road trip.

    I can tell you I have traveled a lot...
  12. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Let me pile on. If you wait till you feel ready, it ain't never gonna happen. I guarantee that the first time you play at a jam or with others, it will not be because you feel ready, but because you...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,

    Or what's a heaven for?
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I know. Surprised me too. Especially how the bridge is angled one way and the nut the other way. But I measured it.
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin status as of 2019

    I played on one. Woo hoo!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/entries/961-Kerman-mandolin-and-the-end-of-MAS
  16. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    When you watch a Sierra Hull video not even noticing how attractive she is.

    When your wife or girlfriend catches you watching Sierra Hull videos, and you can't convince her that you didn't notice...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I think the key is to begin with the pinky. Put all the other fingers down after the pinky. That way the interdactyle space are evened out for the pinky from the start.

    I did the following amazing...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    I know I used to feel that way. When I first started using an electronic tuner i wondered if i was substituting eyes for ears. My experience is, first of all, that no tuner is accurate enough to...
  19. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    I played on Grafton St. in the middle the middle of Dublin, with some street musicians who saw me walk buy with my case. There was a guitar, a fiddle, and a wooden German style recorder of some kind....
  20. Re: So... They seem to think I'm starving and homeless?

    I am going to go with Jeff Mando on this. It is the uninvited, transgressive nature of the busking that makes it. That the busker has turned that little section of street into a music hall,...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    What has been explained to me is that mandolins are smaller than mandolas for a reason. The mandolas in general need a longer scale length. That when you try to get that much range on one...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I think you are right.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Loan it to someone you trust who will play it for fifteen years. Likely for no charge.
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    There are many cool tuning apps available. Seeing as I always have my cell phone with me, this really works in a pinch.
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I am loving this as a jam instrument. I do a couple of old time tunes that end up down in the growlers. Like Joe Thrifts's "Whiteface", and it is fun to grab me some of that bottom C course.

    Also,...
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