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    Re: Letter to the Editor (NMC)

    What?! You mean, it didn't happen?! Fake News, and all of that?!

    Still kind of funny, though. And fun to think that there are 101 banjo jokes before it.
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    Letter to the Editor (NMC)

    Yesterday's local paper, the Hartford Courant, had a letter to the editor asking, how many strings does a banjo have. The answer: five too many!
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    Martin Faherty octave mandolin?

    Does anyone have experience with Martin Faherty's instruments? I'm not finding anything online, except a post here describing him as one of the first builders. A friend found an octave mandolin...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    Hello. You don't say specifically, so I'll ask: are you only looking for f-style mandos? I ask because Music Emporium has a Girouard A-5 for sale within your price range. It's stunning, and I...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    A few threads down, the Mia mandolins are mentioned. No direct experience, but the videos sound pretty good. She does show one F2 type.
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    Re: Eastman Comfort Comfort

    Okay, thanks. The bridge contouring is a really good idea that I never would have though of.
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    Eastman Comfort Comfort

    I'm noticing that some of the Eastman models now have a "comfort contour". But I can't find an actual explanation, either on their site or from any of the retailers. Based on pictures, it looks...
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    Re: Eastman MD314?

    Apologies for hijacking this thread. After a bit of a mandolin hiatus, I'm casting about for an instrument, and the Eastman's fit my budget at the moment. An MD314 would be really cool, but seems...
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    Re: Northfield Marshall Mandolin Summit

    So, fun coincidence that it was started by Mike Marshall, and it's held in Marshall, MI. Or did they rename the town after him?
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    Re: Please recommend some Slow Airs

    I consider slow airs to be somewhat tricky on a mandolin, as opposed to a wind instrument or fiddle. My favourite Irish air is Mna ha'Eirinn (Women of Ireland), which works really well on a whistle,...
  11. Re: Recommend Some Trad. Scottish/Irish/Welsh/English Tune CDs.

    For Irish:
    Na Connerys - done in the style of a seisun. Good mix of acoustic traditional instruments, including uillean pipes. All fairly common trad tunes
    any by Matt Malloy - flute, usually with...
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    Re: What Irish tunes should I learn?

    Apologies; I didn't mean to turn this into a seisun complaint session. As it turns out, I've had some very good experiences at seisuns when I've traveled. I think that it's just my local scene that...
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    Re: What Irish tunes should I learn?

    One strategy is to learn some tunes that aren't so overplayed that everyone hates them, but are common enough that most seisun-goers will know them. It's also fun to have one relatively obscure tune...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin or Bouzouki

    My personal preference is for the octave mandolin. Partly because I just got a really nice one, but it's become my favorite instrument. I have a bouzouki, but for backup I use guitar, and for...
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    Re: Switching from ABC2Win to ABC2Linux?

    As a follow-up, I have gotten EasyABC installed under Linux. Needs to be run from the command line, but seems to be designed that way. Some dependencies for playing the music are missing, and also...
  16. Re: Plan to get an Octave Mandolin/Irish Bouzouki, need clarifica

    Keep in mind the scale length. An Irish bouzouki is typically around 25" or so, while an OM is from 20 to 24ish. I play one with a 23" scale, and find it comfortable, but on the edge. As I recall,...
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    Re: Switching from ABC2Win to ABC2Linux?

    I remember trying MuseScore at some point, and liking it, but I don't think it did ABC. Looks like it does now. It's also part of my software repository, so it'll be easy to install. I'm on Mint 18,...
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    Switching from ABC2Win to ABC2Linux?

    I'm making the switch from Windows to Linux, and one of the last programs I need to find an equivalent for is ABC2Win. Although not supported for a good while now, it's been my go-to tunes...
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    Re: What's your latest Welsh tune?

    I've become taken by the group Calan, and got their music book, as well as all of their CDs. Some really fun tunes, traditional and original, that I'm still working through. A few tunes with flats,...
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    Re: Obligatory Rookie Thread

    This is the standard dilemma most people of limited means face: buy the one I can afford now, or save and wait for something closer to what I want. Since you have already stated that a mandolin...
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    Re: A pair of videos - Celtic F mandolin

    Nice looking and sweet sounding instrument! The body looks a good bit wider than most mandolins, almost CBOM size, if not as deep?
  22. Re: Removing a "perfect binding" from a music book

    Mel Bay and others used to bind with the comb binding. Most of my older music books are this way. I have to assume it's cheaper to use the glue? Nice to know that office stores and others will do...
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    Mandolin and Tuba

    Bill Wallach

    If anyone was going to do this, I should have expected that Bill would. Bill is a local Connecticut musician that I first met at contra dances more decades ago than either of us would...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid jamming

    I have to stay home and look up Paraleptophlebia (sounds fishy, I know...)
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    Re: Reasons to avoid jamming

    So you've been to the Hartford, CT session?
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