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    Re: Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    Yes, sir. Your comments make a lot of sense.

    The sound of stringed instruments have such depth and character. For example that extra D on the Sobell 10-string really adds power to the chord.
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  2. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Bri1k, I noticed that you do not have a Collings mandolin...

    Framing the question this way seems a bit odd. And we're all expert consumers here, so lets discuss some more! * read my signature for...
  3. Some fine musicianship and check out that Tenor guitar

    I'm moving this to the Tenor guitar page because these guys are really fine musicians and deserve to be heard.

    Skip the talk and start at 00:15
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    Re: Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    Bob, now we're 'in the right place', I'd like to ask you what it is like to find 'good qualities' in stringed instruments. I assume you bought each instrument for a different task like lead and...
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    Re: Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    Bob has such a nice collection of instruments. I would hope he would 'showcase' each one in a video.

    And Olga. I knew I'd seen that OM somewhere. (Mandolin Mondays).
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    Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    It is always a treat to learn of luthiers 'across the pond'. Bob has found another very nice instrument that we might not 'ever be aware of' in the States.

    A collection of fine instruments is the...
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    Re: Octave mandolin by Thijs van der Harst

    This is a wonderful sounding instrument. I'm going to talk about your video over on the CBOM group.
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    Ben Zander gives a wonderful lecture about music that promotes music appreciation. It may support the original poster's notion that you can hear really well and therefore have a 'higher standard' of...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

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    Isn't there some way to differentiate the strings of a mandolin set other those gummy color coded paper tabs? Every time I change a set of mandolin strings I become...
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    This brings me to some memories of learning tunes on old time banjo. (In 1978...) Cluck Old Hen was a good simple tune. Over the Waterfall another. I loved a tune called Spotted Pony but it is not a...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I have made suggestions about strings based on our conversations here. They got right back to me and said that they were interested in other ideas I may have about mandola strings. Impressive...
  12. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I'd love to try an Insanity V-pick.

    I did notice that the part that touches the string comes to a small bevel like any other pick. So the weight or mass may have some effect and the position of...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I use a small Jazz 35 for Irish, klezmer and classical. It seems a little less 'warm' than the TPR 35 and it is a bit harder to do tremlo. (for that, I use the rounded side). But I love that it can...
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    Re: The trouble with trebles (triplets)

    Aside from physical aspects like being loose from your ear to the fingertips, I find that it is a mental exercise. By this I mean that one should know how it should sound at tempo, slowing or...
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Remember that wood acts like a sponge and if you have a better wicking material like a rag, the oil goes there. Conversely if your rag or sponge is 'full', the oil will go 'the other way' (back into...
  16. Thread: Cafe blog rules?

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    Re: Cafe blog rules?

    I agree and would add that the blog offers the same as the guidlines, which to me offers a chance to speak as a musician. So other topics that enter the blog come as a musician would address...
  17. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    It is interesting to see the terminology used by players of different instruments for the same sound. Also players from different backgrounds use their own words for techniques.
    BTW a cut IS an...
  18. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    Mandolins, having double string courses, can't do what a single string can do. That's why most players "keep it simple"
  19. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    The majority of the ornaments here are grace notes and cuts played in a Cape Breton or Scottish manner. (Not Irish...) The grace this way is right on the down beat, or it steals a little time from...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    What they won't tell you is that colleges are businesses and they ignore individuals in favor of market trends. Proving that there are trends towards mandolin, (and this blog is one...) is your only...
  21. Re: Listen to CMSA playing "Magnificent Mountain" at the conventi

    A dramatic piece and it was captivating the whole way through. I noticed that the mandola part was in treble cleff, I suppose that's easier reading. (for me at least).
    Very cool.
    Thanks Phil and...
  22. Thread: Back in action

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    Re: Back in action

    Adian you can also have your own blog on Mandolin Cafe. It's not as popular as the general discussion or The Session but it is like your own website within MandolinCafe.
    Years ago, in the 90's, I...
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    I wonder if Dana reads this blog?
    Mandolin Cafe is the ideal place to discuss the confluence between business and craft. As we are involved in both sides. Philosophy, business, practicality, muse,...
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    Does anyone know more about Pono ukele / octave mandolin business arrangements? I believe they are made in Indonesia.
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    Am I the only one who thinks that if Dana makes a guitar then it is called a Bourgeois guitar?

    I'm pretty disgusted by the greed and corporate assumption of someone's reputation. (And if Dana...
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