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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Bingo.

    Case discipline:

    - if a mandolin is not being played it is in its case.
    - if there is an instrument in the case the case is closed.
    - if the case is closed the case is latched.
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    Avi Avital, mandolinner magnifique

    SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 90 VALENTINI Sonata in D Minor for Mandolin and Basso Continuo, op. 12, no. 2 ...
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    Re: eBay flat tops - would ya?

    I am very impressed with Big Muddy. A quality instrument. I have the M-11 and it is a go to instrument for many many occasions. One of its underrated aspects, for me, is that it is not in the least...
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    Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    In the grand scheme of things the bluegrass closed G chord is not the most pretty sounding way to make a chord. Of course pretty isn't the goal when chopping out. (Rule of thumb for me: if its not...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    my opinion as well.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I have paid more for less. But you don't have a way to gauge my judgement. LOL
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Nice try. :) There are no scientific studies showing that mandolins can't fly either.
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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    1. Eastmans are keepers.
    2. Yes you are missing something.

    There is always better, or sometimes different, to be explored. There is no such thing as the perfect mandolin. You may or may not want...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    While it may or may not be the case (and we have argued it here often enough - just search on "opening up") I certainly would not buy an instrument that didn't already sound great hoping that it...
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    Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I saw that and started to shiver. I have wanted one for a long time. Maybe not quite at that price, but then again... If it sounds great, or can be made to sound great with minimal work, it would...
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    Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Boy, its hard to tell from the video. It could be a mandola. Its just hard to tell. But I agree, if it is a mandola, the price is closer to right.

    I can also see that if it is a mandola, even if...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    If I were to win the lottery, I would hire someone to manage my mandolins. Keep them set up, change the strings, keep them tuned. Because that would free me up to play them.

    I don't like changing...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    It also depends on the strings and on time itself. I really enjoy D'Addario EJ74s. I love the creamy sound they get out of my mandolin. But I find that when new they are a little too brassy sounding...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    Here is my rule of thumb. If I have even a slight suspicion my strings need to be changed, I change them. It works out to between 3 and 5 times a year.
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    Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    I didn't see where this was posted before. Apologies if it has.


    https://www.pbs.org/video/larson-bros-symphonic-harp-mandolin-ca-1910-2jbqbh/
  16. Re: MC Players of Irish Traditional Music - Feedback Wanted From

    Best of luck. Thought provoking questions.
  17. Thread: Mandolin care??

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    Re: Mandolin care??

    I have never cleaned my mandolin. Before I put it back in the case I wipe the instrument and strings with a microfiber rag, and every now and then I might use this, mostly because I got it as a gift...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    I think it more important to watch the good teachers.



    Hmmm. That can't be good. If i understand what you are saying you will get blisters on the fingers of your strumming hand? On the...
  19. Re: Difference in sound in flat top and arch top?

    I love my flatties. I have a Weber Aspen II, and I would characterize the sound as bell like. Somewhat brighter, less warmth more ringie. And sustain for miles. I have to squelch the ringing with a...
  20. Re: Traditional or modern design, what's your strategy ?

    I am not a luthier, or a builder of anything artistic actually. But if I can extrapolate from other fields of endeavor in which I do have experience - I think you need to trust your gut.

    If you...
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    Re: Best Flat Top Mandolins?

    Missed this. Sorry.

    Yes - and still love the M-11. I played only a few Big Muddy mandolins before I chose the M-11. All the Big Muddy mandolins have an authoritative sound. What attracted me was...
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    Re: Thinking I might have to do a speed neck

    Just a quick aside:

    I think if one is continuously conscious of the impact of their various options on resale value, that person doesn't really consider themselves the owner.

    If you are...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I don't know that that is true. I would be skeptical of assuming what you can't see.

    My experience has been that good players have a lot more good habits, that facilitate new situations quicker...
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    Re: Thinking I might have to do a speed neck

    One of my mandolins has been speed necked (before I got it) and I love it. I am skeptical that it solves any specific problems, but it sure makes a few things easier.
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    yikes I just wrote a bunch of stuff that probably doesn't apply now that I think about what you asked. All I can say really, is that sometimes it takes a decade to sound like you have been playing...
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