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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    Interesting article. I wonder if we have any manufacturers using densified wood? This is the first I've heard that term. At least I'll know what it is when somebody starts using it, sounds like it...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    I put flatwounds on my TC OM. It made it sound a lot like a guitar, but still richer because of the chorus effect. I really liked that sound, so I would suggest at least try flats once.

    I...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    I'm impressed Perlman can do what he does with 3 hrs/day. Thile says he practices 8 hrs/day. Concert pianists are known for 5 hrs or more per day too.

    When I was recently laid off I played about...
  4. Re: Small speakers revisited, and we have a new winner: Sony XB-2

    If you have a sub, and are willing to tune it for flat, it could be ok, the clarity is there. But I wouldn't normally mix into something like a Bose or a THR. They may sound great, but don't know...
  5. Small speakers revisited, and we have a new winner: Sony XB-20

    Tried Bose soundlink mini, Marshal MS-2, XS Hive 2, and lastly (out of desperation or dogged determination) a Sony XB-20.

    Here are the reviews so you guys don't have to spend money like I did:
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  6. Thread: Noob. Hiya!

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    Re: Noob. Hiya!

    Entertaining post, welcome and enjoy. :-)
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Yeah, Tonedexter is the easy button... If you like your acoustic tone, one and done. :-)
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Yeah this kinda agrees with what I was thinkin'. I just got an e-mandola to play with and if my tired old brain can deal with transposing everything a fifth (to avoid the tedium of editting lead...
  9. I can't do it, Mandola to OM, love the mandola sound

    Bought an Airline E-mandola, planning to convert to an OM, but I love it as an e-mandola.

    It will definitely get converted to a four string, but I can't bring myself to tune it down another...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    It's this one (MXR M133 micro amp):

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MicroAmp--mxr-m133-micro-amp-gain-boost-pedal

    Most ppl around here use the red-eye though.

    Looking again at your...
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    Playing a five string vs a four

    I have been thinking about a 5 string, but wondering about how hard they are to play.

    The simplicity of a 4 string was originally why I switched from guitar to mandolin. So far so good.

    The...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I'm a pickup guy too, for similar reasons.

    Your sound isn't the pedal, it's the EQ curve you have selected.
    The fundamental of a mandolin G string is 196 hz, the E is 659hz.
    Your EQ curve will...
  13. Re: String Tension: What It Means and How It Became Important

    This article on string balance is priceless, many thanks.

    Here is the key takeaway for mandolinists using traditional two-post bridges:

    "We learned that for mandolins and mandolas with two-post...
  14. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    Show us a close-up pic of the saddle.

    I have an OM with the same problem, and the bridge wasn't made for a wound A string.
    And even with a PS A the compensation is still off for the strings I am...
  15. Re: Upgrade multi-pedal from Zoom to Helix HX Stomp

    Ok, I owe Zoom an apology here, I revisited it and found some of their reverb effects are just fine (there are so many, I think think just picked an odd one). I'm enjoying the Helix, but the Zoom...
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    I think we are talking about two different kinds of angles... :-)

    Not sure how to do this in words. With the pick vertical to the strings, I can rotate the pick and attack at an angle, speed...
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    I use the classical grip, and don't notice upstroke problems unless the pick isn't vertical wrt the strings. We use a 45 degree angle in classical for some stuff, and if you forget to switch back...
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    Re: I'm finally "getting it"!

    Congrats, mando has slowly been becoming my "main" over the years, not sure why exactly except perhaps because I have stuck with it and am getting good enough to enjoy playing it.. Similar to you, ...
  19. Re: Replacement tuners for an Eastman MD404 ??

    I also came from the guitar world and was similarly surprised. The 309s make things a lot better, but not as good as a 24:1 guitar tuner. I found them to be enough that tuning was no longer...
  20. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    I listened to the polara, yes, it sounded great, crystal clear, no digital artifacts (you can hear cheap ones loop). The artwork on it is icky though, would prefer a plain color. :-)
  21. Re: help me out, how to do vibrato on a 4 string

    Ok, grabbing the neck was useful, so is string bending, but I am also looking for a deep slow vibrato like a singer would use for soft lyrical passages.

    I looked at whammy bars, and they are...
  22. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    I love loopers, use them for sound checks.

    WRT EQ, multis all have very nice EQ in them, generally better than dedicated EQ pedals and preamps. In my MS-60B, I used a high and low pass, a...
  23. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    I thought about this some more, I've been down this road, but am not at the end of it yet, thought I could offer a few more pointers.

    I started with a few pedals, then I got a cheap multi-pedal...
  24. Re: Replacement tuners for an Eastman MD404 ??

    Grover 309 18:1 are the highest ratio (and fortunately not the highest price) tuners out there for mandolin.

    They are almost a drop-in replacement.

    Easiest install is like this:
    - leave the...
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    Re: viewing thumbnails on mobile

    Yes working here too, thanks!
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