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  1. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Or give it a few cigarette burns and pour a frappe over it? Maybe laminate a very thin layer of olive wood over the top?
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    Ryder 10-string conversion

    Enjoying 10-string so much I never played my Ryder, so I converted it to 10-string. It has a sweet tone from the combination of mahogany body with maple overlay, and the bolt-on maple neck.
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    Re: The Don Stiernberg Interview

    Hello again friends,

    In the words of the great comedian Martin Short..."thanks for remembering.."

    I hope it's ok, a few update items....
    Everyone has changed...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #30

    Edward Lee "Ted" Hawkins (1894-1985) -- or was it Ezra "Ted" Hawkins? -- was an excellent mandolin player from Atlanta, Georgia. Besides mandolin, he played fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Hawkins was a...
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    Re: Monel users.....

    Pardon me while I overthink this..!
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    Re: Monel users.....

    A good question, as they are not all created equal. Between the Martin, D'Addario and Curt Mangan, I found the Mangan's to be the lowest tension, and with slightly tighter windings, all of which...
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    Re: Monel users.....

    Yes they do seem like they have more give to me, even though they apparently have more tension. I once compared the tension to two otherwise identical sets for acoustic guitar: both Martin strings,...
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    Re: Monel users.....

    Love Monel's ( Mangan) on my oval but prefer GHS A270 medium's on my F5 and A5 !
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    Re: Monel users.....

    I hadnít noticed but thinking about it you may be right. Iíll be practicing later and Iíll have a close look. (Have Monel on 2 mandolins. Flatwounds on one and bronze on the other. )
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    Re: Monel users.....

    Tim, i've only used the GHS version that has heavier wound strings, and they felt about average to me. i have the Martins on now, which are a bit lighter and they have more give, as you say. It's...
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    Re: The First Loar F-5 I Ever Played

    ha!

    Here's the fern. I also played it once. Terrific mandolin. And One-Legged Gypsy is a terrific record.
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    Re: The First Loar F-5 I Ever Played

    I thought Bobby had a '29 fern back then (eventually sold to Vince Gill). Maybe he had a Loar, too.



    Yes, he is.




    And then, did he say 'Would you work for me for $10 a week, boy?"...
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    Re: The First Loar F-5 I Ever Played

    Nice story Tim.

    I have heard that over the years Bill was not adverse to swapping mandolins with people and letting them play play his Loar.

    Very cool.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #17

    thanks for your time to provide this Blues, Stomps, & Rags series !
  15. Thread: Amusing story

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    Amusing story

    About two years ago, a young Afghani family bought the house next door. Haven't really had much contact with them as I have shrubs growing clear to the street. Figured they just wanted to keep to...
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    Re: Martin Monel strings

    I thought the same but then I found these strings on the Martin site.

    They must be fairly new. They do have them on Strings and Beyond.

    167865

    I liked the old Gibson Sam Bush Monel strings...
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    Re: Schertler Dyn-M vs L.R. Baggs Radius

    I've been using the Radius for a few years with no issues .Saying that , I didn't have many options to explore at the time of purchase so I cannot compare it to other pickups . I like that there is a...
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    Homer & Jethro Take The A Train

    Probably been posted before, but I just saw this one from a Merv Griffith Show
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    hats off to Pava Knesevic!

    I just acquired a Pava satin A model, and Iím blown away by how great this thing sounds! I had to imagine that Tom Ellis wouldnít want junk coming out of his shop. Boy was I rightÖ!:) I did upgrade...
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    Re: Bill Monroe

    Smith's book is pretty revealing of Monroe's "offstage" life -- affairs, paternity suit, etc. For that reason, some bluegrass fans didn't like it -- thought there was too much "gossip" and...
  21. Re: There is NO WAY that pinky is going to make it to the boardwa

    Being new to the mandolin I have the same problem. I saw or read somewhere that we make it much harder by rolling the mandolin up to see the fretboard taking that g string farther away from our...
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    Re: what strings do you use.

    About a year ago, I tried the D'Addario Stainless Steel strings in medium gauge, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to go back to anything else
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    Re: Wild Bill Jones chords?

    :)):))

    That, and Bill Monroe with Pete Rowan singing the Walls of Time will make folks head for the hills and pigs fly...no lie.
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    Re: Amps for electric mando

    I'm going to try out the presonus first to see if that helps with the loudbox. Otherwise, I may look at the Roland Cube a little closer.

    Thanks guys :)
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    Re: 2 Point Lovers, Rejoice!

    Yes!!!!!!:)):popcorn::mandosmiley::disbelief::))
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