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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Made it thru surgery! Home resting now, whew!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Surgery scheduled for Wednesday - hospital doesn't want to wait any longer than that, fingers crossed all goes well. Trying not to think about the cost.....
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    Re: Beginner Celtic mandolin

    As a longtime player of Irish Traditional music my advice would be buy the best mandolin you can afford, regardless of shape, regardless as to whether it is oval hole or has f-holes, regardless as to...
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    Re: Oval hole differences

    I had a mahogany back and sides oval hole Weber Custom Gallatin F - comparing it to all my other oval hole mandolins, which have had maple back and sides, I always found the mahogany to be light and...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Aye, the timing is awful - I'm set to move back home in the Spring - could the knee not have waited til I got back to Ireland to crack in half?!
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun Case

    Wonder if this Access Stage 3 rectangular case would work? I had one of these for a Pomeroy A that I had years ago and really liked it - the internal layout makes it work for a variety of mandolin...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Tune of the Week Project on hold: Well folks I was so close, only 4 tunes left to complete the project, but yesterday I fell and shattered my left kneecap - surgery likely in the next 10 days or so...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    Another vote for the TC Electronics Polytune or Unitune here - I've been using them for a few years now for mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar and love 'em!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's Week 48's tune, "The Honeymoon Reel":
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 47, a lovely wee jig written by Sean Ryan, called "A Thousand Farewells":
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    I think it depends on the finish of the mandolin - I do tend to like gold on sunburst instruments, though that said, I have a "cremona-burst" finish on my Girouard and it has nickel hardware and...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I have a Charmed Life pick in the material they use that is similar to BC's. I have one in .70mm gauge (which replaced the .60mm I'd originally purchased that chipped after 5 min of playing, but they...
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    Re: Tenor banjo help

    Make sure to put heavier gauge strings on it if opting for GDAE tuning since it's a 17 fret tenor. When I played 17 fret tenors my preferred gauges were 40w/30w/20w/13 - John Pearse Strings do a set...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 46 (only 6 tunes left!) - a great reel, "The Bird in the Bush"
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Cheers Marty!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Interesting that it's working for you! I was unaware that I did it at all until Marla Fibish pointed it out to me at a lesson years ago. I've been self-conscious about it ever since, but find it...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    The bulk of these tunes are new ones I've learned with a few here and there being tunes I learned ages ago (like 11 years ago) that dropped off my radar and haven't been played since then - this tune...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 45 - a great Finbarr Dwyer reel called "The Holly Bush":
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    Interestingly, I was selling a BlueChip Kenny Smith 40 and picked it up to play with the other day and found that because of it's smaller than usual size it worked well for me - I've tried a TPR40 in...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    For meself, I always get the speed bevel, I did buy one BlueChip with the rounded bevel and wasn't really happy with it, felt a little clunky and not as fast as the speed bevel to me.
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    Re: The trouble with trebles (triplets)

    For me it helps to not use a heavy pick - I use Blue Chip TPR35's, which are about .89mm thickness if I remember correctly. There is some slight movement from my thumb but the rest is in the wrist....
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    I started out playing drums and guitar when I was a kid, and then picked up the tenor banjo and mandolin in my 40's. I still play all four, but I'd rate the tenor banjo as my No. 1 instrument,...
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    Re: Straps

    I have two from Mandolin Straps of Montana that I like a lot, hand tooled leather. Sully Straps are great too, he uses old bridle leather for his vintage line of straps.
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's what I found on thesession.org about the tune's background:

    "Young lads, Vincent & Peter were out on the bicycle one late night, returning from playing out, when they heard music. Naturally...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 44 of the Tune A Week Project - perfect timing as it's Halloween I've chosen "The Haunted House" a great jig by Vincent Broderick, ghostly lights on the headstock aren't the result of an...
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