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  1. Thread: Year old mandolin

    by RobP
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    My Collings MT is 7 years old. I play it a lot - there are some grooves in the frets that I'll have to have taken care of one of these days. I certainly don't baby it, but I do keep it in the case...
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    Re: NMD Sawchyn Hobo Flat top

    Nice sound! Which instructor at peghead did you learn that tune from?
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    As much as I lust to play really fast, deliberately slowing down is the biggest thing ive found to improve tone. That, and being relaxed. I try to listen to the quality of the notes im playing, and...
  4. Thread: Shipping Costs

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    Re: Shipping Costs

    Da-yum.. that hurts
  5. Thread: Tacoma mandolins

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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    Tacoma M1 was my first mandolin. Played great, wasn't thrilled with the sound. I went Tacoma -> Rigel A+Deluxe --> Breedlove FF --> Weber Yellowstone --> Collings MT. I've been playing the MT...
  6. Thread: Shipping Costs

    by RobP
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    Shipping Costs

    Anyone shipped a mandolin lately? I just sent one from West to East Coast USA and it was almost 60 bucks for the cheapest option - ouch! I think we little guys are paying for the big discounts...
  7. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    At least some of the melody notes are in the chord tones. I typically follow the chord progression around, and try to find the melody notes in the chord patterns around the neck. I cant improvise...
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    Re: Eastman Bag - The Mandolin Store

    I got one too - nicely padded and with backpack straps. A great deal at 15 bucks!
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    You were playing pretty fast - one thing that could improve clarity would be to slow down just a bit. I know I have to rein myself in sometimes with fiddle tunes - my brain wants me to play really...
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    Nice tune - and great playing!! Your tone in general is fine - I think you were probably a little nervous because you knew you were being recorded :)
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    Re: A pair of Diamonds

    I have heard Sheldon use it (snazzy that is) :)
  12. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I heard a mandola in a band at a recent concert. I thought I wanted one, so I went and tried one out in a local store. The feel and sustain was great, but it seems like the it is limited key-wise...
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin

    Many years ago (yes before The Loar and before Eastmans were popular), MK was the darling of the affordable mando here on the Cafe. Lots of recommendations and accolades. I have never had a...
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    Re: Sounds descriptions

    I think of woody as related to the sound of hitting 2 sticks together. That characteristic sound of wood. Playing mandolin is clearly not the same as banging the top with a stick, but you can get...
  15. Thread: My Pava

    by RobP
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    Re: My Pava

    That instrument sounds fantastic, and I like the tunes you are picking, but I didn't recognize them. I notice you are mostly using pick downstrokes. Was that intentional to get the particular sound...
  16. Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    Wow.. interesting. I'm just learning this reel and I play it in D (I've never heard the ballad before). In this video, the first couple of times the fiddle player plays the reel, he plays in G -...
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    You can turn a mandolin into a Tube-a!
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    Re: My KM 1050 vs other Mandos

    I hear a huge difference also between the MK and the Kentucky - The Kentucky is much fuller. And, on the chop the Kentucky kills the Strad.
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    Re: Rover RM 75 on eBay and reverb

    And they have high hopes for it. Apparently "Rover will change the way your customers view mandolins forever"
  20. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    I have used one for years and I think it makes a difference. Plus it looks cool. The main complication for me is that it makes a really tight fit in the case.
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    Re: Silverangel Econo A #446

    I'm not surprised that you liked the Primetone 1.5mm. I have been through many pick types (as I'm sure many of us have). On my Collings, the Primetone was too bright for me, but the Collings tends...
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    Re: Silverangel Econo A #446

    I recommend trying several different pick shapes, materials. And thicknesses. It seems like every mandolin is a bit different in what it takes to coax the best sound out. If you like the overall...
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    Re: String journey on a Collings MT

    I have only ever used J74’s on my MT. I have, however, noticed a big sound difference with different picks. I get a nice dark woofy tone with a Proplec.
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    Re: Looking for a GOOD flat top mandolin

    I have been nosing around for a flat top as well. I am dying to get my hands on one of the new Waterloos. How much cash do you have? ;) I figure I'm going to have to wait a while until they start...
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    Re: Love the One You’re With

    I brought my much-loved MT into a music store recently, to compare it against a couple of F models. I played a new Collings MF, and a very nice used Stiver F. Both of the F's sounded great, of...
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