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    Re: Really need to work on my right hand

    Thanks for all the advice so far. No, I'm not the lead instrument in that group. In fact, I was just hired to play that show. There is a lead fiddle. I just double the melody.

    Was trying to...
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    Really need to work on my right hand

    Last night while sitting in at a gig, we had to play for a dance contest. By the end, our group had to play as fast as possible for the dancers that were left. My right hand started to give out. Had...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    While in general I agree with you. I discovered in hindsight that this is not always the case. There were a number of traditional Scandinavian tunes we played in my old band where the leader would...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I know some folks that prefer one instrument. Others that prefer a few, some that have many. It works for everyone. All my mandolins have different tones. And I switch around depending on what I want...
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    Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    Mine is cast. Have had no problems with it so far. If it does fail, then I'll replace it. Otherwise, it works.
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    Re: Whew...some Reverb sellers...

    Have only used it a little bit, but have been very satisfied. Excellent communication, well packed item, no surprises. Except for good ones. However, most purchases have been from individuals, not...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    Huh. I sort of like the look of that one. Would prefer a different tailpiece, but the overall look of the instrument doesn't bother me.

    Oh, and as to guitar CF builders - don't forget McPherson...
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    Re: review of the rigel I just got.

    Glad you like it. Tough to give advice on the strap. On mine, I just take it off and put it up by the headstock. Or, use a different case. My Collings spent last weekend in an oversized plastic case....
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, wasn't it about 20 or so years ago Taylor pulled some stuff that had the acoustic community up in arms at the time? That's one reason the original Taylor Guitar Forum changed to the Acoustic...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    Yes, a pickup would be a nice option. If the entire instrument is decent, might be worth buying as a performance instrument in less than ideal weather.

    Count me as interested.
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    Re: rigel mandolins

    Congrats! And put up pics and a review when it arrives. I believe you'll be very happy.
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    Re: rigel mandolins

    While a used MT might be in the same price territory, the necks are really different feeling with the Rigel having a round neck and a Collings having a distinct V shape.

    When I first played...
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    It's a small thing, but I'm worried about the threat to television and movie folks. I understand licensing and product placement. But are they going to expand this to others? If I use my Gibsons for...
  14. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    Peterson strobe tuner. Used it outdoors at a festival this past weekend. Quite easy to read. Did see a number of folks using red Snarks (don't know which model, sorry). They seemed to work well...
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    Re: Sometimes You Do Get What You Want

    Welcome back. And enjoy both those Collings.
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    Re: Rigel on Ebay

    Wow, that was a good price. Would have tried for it, as one of those was my first "good" mandolin. Sold it off at a huge loss when I went back to concentrating on guitar for another decade. Really...
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    For what you are playing and your stated interest, maybe. You might end up finding a Gibson that calls to you better. Am lucky enough to have two old Gibson oval holes. Like them both. But I've...
  18. Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    Hmm. Been thinking about this since last night. While there are some builders that I'd like to have (Brentrup, LaPlant), really it comes down to the particular instrument and what I need for my...
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    Flatwounds on Eastman OM?

    Just wondering if anyone has tried flatwound strings on the Eastman MDO-305? Am currently using mandola strings, which helps with power, but wouldn't mind a slightly different sound. Maybe not...
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    Re: Kel Kroydon KK20. Early 30s

    Paul Fox wrote the book - "The Other Brands of Gibson". Have one on my shelf.

    Owned a couple of the Kalamazoo flat tops over the years. One sounded really good, other just okay. Sort of have the...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    FWIW, I have J72s on my Eastman and it still seems somewhat tinny. Thing is, the Eastman seems to be designed to be heard in a jam or band. As a solo instrument it might not be the best. But it...
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    Would say yes, but an OM. But I don't know much of the ITM world. The Eastman as an almost banjo sound to some folks. Depending on the thoughts of others in the jam, that may, or may not work.
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    Peterson Stroboclip HD and or the original seem to be the most accurate. Biggest problem is the having folks borrow it and then needing to teach them how to read a strobe.

    The TC models are good,...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    This is something I need to go back and work on. Was lectured a bit at a workshop a week ago about using my fingers on top of the instrument. Not planted, a light glide. But the instructor felt that...
  25. Re: PSA: you should try an actual mandolin pick!

    Am more and more realizing that some mandolins like a certain style of pick, others don't care. My own playing seems to be best with a .88 to 1.0 pick. Combination of tone and volume that satisfies...
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