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    Re: Add pick ups or buy an electric

    Congratulations. I've used an Ovation MM-68 (a couple of them, actually) for over twenty years as my primary stage instrument. They are the solution to feedback and volume problems. Playing...
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    Re: Gig bags.

    I don't think I'd trust anything under $100. Reunion Blues are about the best, but they're still soft cases. A really good soft case like a RB weighs almost as much as a lightweight fitted hard...
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    Re: Pre Amp Assistance

    Hi and welcome!

    Michael has given some of the top picks. The Baggs Venue has all the essential tools all in one place. If you're already happy with your tuner and don't want to spend quite as...
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    Re: Finally, the Mandolin Has Its Revenge!

    Yes, I've no doubt a big piece of their business is Ren Faires. They make a number of modern instruments in a Baroque style which I assume is just for that purpose. They make a guitar that looks...
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    Re: Finally, the Mandolin Has Its Revenge!

    Thanks FP, I couldn't post the pics to save my life.

    I comes in all four sizes with different color choices, tuners, and other options. I have the concert size which I think is the most...
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    Finally, the Mandolin Has Its Revenge!

    For all mandolinists who have suffered the indignity of having their cherished instruments mistaken for ukuleles, we now have a ukulele that will be mistaken for a mandolin! I recently took...
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    Re: About those Stereo PA Inputs

    Hi FP, good you see your voice. Actually, I'm retired from music now. I don't want to break any rules about posting in the wrong places, but watch the classifieds.
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    Re: Suggestions for upgrading to a new Mandolin?

    To all this wisdom I can only add the one great truth I've known: Buy the best acoustic you can and add quality electronics rather than depending on the handful of AE instruments out there.
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    Re: About those Stereo PA Inputs

    What 'Droid said. The important facts usually show up after about a dozen posts. Bart, you need a bigger mixer. All this band-aid business is great in a pinch, but you need more channels.

    BTW,...
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    Re: Oval hole and F hole

    Mandolins are like Pokemon. Gotta catch 'em all! You need both oval and F holes. And a bowlback, and a flat top, and a banjolin, and a .....
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    Re: How to practice off-beats?

    Ralph, it can work in any multiple-of-two time signature, it's just a method of hearing the off-beat. Just playing 'in between' beats is not necessarily effective, it has to be in time with the...
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    Re: How to practice off-beats?

    Don't count in quarter time 1, 2, 3, 4. Instead play in quarters but count in eighths: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Play on the 'ands'. The tempo stays the same, just the number of counts doubles.
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    Re: Opnions on these mandolins?

    Thanks for clearing that up Jim. I was trying to say that even new instruments may want fresh strings because we never know exactly how old the strings might be. A new instrument might have sat...
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    Re: Opnions on these mandolins?

    Welcome to the Cafe! I didn't see it mentioned so far, but another thing to bear in mind is selecting the right strings for these or any classical mandolin you buy. Classical bowl-backs are...
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    Re: Severe audience response

    I've kept cats for years. One of them was entranced by the harmonica. No matter where she was in the house, a quick toot on the harmonica brought her racing onto my lap (sometimes painfully). ...
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    Re: Severe audience response

    He was playing an Ovation, he should have swung it. I've killed bigger things than that with an Ovation.
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    Re: Bose L1 Compact + Extra Mixer

    You're right. But the Bose systems were intended for use by a single player. Each performer was supposed to have his own. But in true musician's fashion people are using them as powered speakers...
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    Re: Bose L1 Compact + Extra Mixer

    My bandmate and I have been using the Bose compact (as well as a Model II for larger gigs) for about four years now. It was originally designed for a single player using a pickup and a vocal mic. ...
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    Re: Celtic star octave mandolin: any opinions?

    Since we've dredged up a four year old thread, Ill add a little bit that I've experienced in the intervening years.

    I'm seeing both brands now at the local spots. I'd say they both remain very...
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    Re: Personal mandolin monitor

    Clarify something please. Are the other instruments overwhelming the mandolin from the audience's perspective as well or is it only a problem hearing yourself on stage? If no one is hearing the...
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    Re: Solo Acoustic Sound: Amp vs. PA

    Kustom is a company that keeps producing the old tried-and-true technology. They aren't the most sophisticated, but you can pretty much hit them with a hammer and they still work. We're getting...
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    Re: Solo Acoustic Sound: Amp vs. PA

    You know Ed, for a lousy $99 bucks you could have two of those Kustom mini PAs on hand. They even daisy chain together for when you need a little more boost. I'm playing some Sundays at the local...
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    Re: Solo Acoustic Sound: Amp vs. PA

    I remember talking about that neat little Kustom unit a while back. I still think that's a pretty handy solution. Going back over all you've said here, that sounds like a real possibility,...
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    Re: Solo Acoustic Sound: Amp vs. PA

    I only posted that Behringer as an example for Ed. I didn't want to de-rail the topic though. Some are good, some are bad, swim at your own risk, yadda yadda. Peavey has a nice four-channel PA head...
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    Re: Solo Acoustic Sound: Amp vs. PA

    Hi Ed, sorry to be late to the party. I see you've gotten top notch advice that you'd expect. I have a question though. If you're going out solo with a couple of mics, why not just add a small...
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