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  1. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    This all seems besides the point. However great and amazing and world changing Chris Thile is, or isn't, the show isn't the Chris Thile Show.

    Here is an interesting question - what do you think...
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    Re: Good idea / Bad idea ?? Suede back

    Left hand should not be involved at all in keeping the instrument stable. That can be accomplished in many ways already.
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    Re: Piccolo (Soprano) Mandolins

    Here is mine:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/album.php?albumid=10&attachmentid=99356

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/album.php?albumid=10&attachmentid=99355
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    I don't know how much beginner you might be, so apologies if I misjudged.

    I would say that if your mandolin is playable, and you know how to tune it up, you are ready to attend a jam session. Of...
  5. Thread: Disappointment

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    Re: Disappointment

    I have had many disappointments along the lines of the following scenario. A friend, knowing of but not sharing my obsession, asks me to take a look at his neighbor's mandolin, been in the family for...
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    Re: Piccolo (Soprano) Mandolins

    I have the same one, tuned the same way. I play it a lot.

    I like it especially because with the soprano I am usually the only one, and can soar above the melody with what ever decoration I want...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I mis-measured. Subtract a quarter inch from both. This instrument has a zero fret, and so the real scale length is not from the nut but from that fret. (I believe, I think, am I wrong???)
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Me too. And I fought the MAS, and.. the MAS won.

    Actually, several years ago I tried a five course fan fret mandola owned by Allen Hopkins, made by Bernie Lehmann. I really loved it. Since then I...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I wonder about that too. My prejudice (and hope) is that it is like experienced multi-instrumentalists, what suffers is what ever is not being practiced. Its time away from a mandolin hurts mandolin...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Yea I should have called it 10 string madness, or five course or something.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    I believe your five string i tried at Crook Farms years ago was the Lehmann to which you refer. I loved playing that thing. In another thread you can see the results of that slow burning five course...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    I love the tone and volume on this instrument. The fan frets take a little getting used to, but not as much as one might suppose. It quickly becomes intuitive, and feels normal. That is my...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    From nut to bridge high E strings is 14 3/4 inch. From nut to bridge on the low C string it is 16 3/4 inch.
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    Five String Madness

    New baby at my house. Woo hoo.

    181110181111

    Girouard 10 string fan fret mandola. :grin:
  15. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    We don't have to agree.

    Live From Here hangs on to its roots and a musical and radio-skit comedy variety show. Garrison Keillor had a point of view and a way of writing that made Prairie Home...
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    Re: Maybe it's just me...but I like this

    Good stuff. What's not to like.

    I think it is appealing because it celebrates the tune, and not the player. It says "here is a wonderful tune I can make pretty, don't you love it" as opposed to...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    Get Pickloser's guide to double stops. It presents a scheme whereby the most relevant double stops for any note in any position can be found. These double stops make excellent harmonies.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    I agree. Four course instruments tune in fifths are not improved by fan frets. The fan frets come into their own with five course instruments that you want tuned in fifths. The range of the...
  19. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    There is some truth in that many many threads here on Chris Thile, end up with some kind of fracas. He is a polarizing character I guess.

    Woodsongs Old Time Radio is really good too. Some great...
  20. Re: Live From Here - Is There a Better Music Show ANYWHERE?

    Who is we?

    Not every virtuoso is smug or pretentious, Yo-Yo Ma for instance never comes across that way. IMO. And certainly not every smug or pretentious person is a virtuoso. And more...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    I agree and I disagree. :disbelief: I wonder if a lot of mandolins with compromised tone up in the high notes can set up in a manner that does not optimize the lower tones at the expense of the...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    I respectfully disagree. I think the reason, in many cases, that getting good tone out of 14+ frets is hard is that we don't work on it as much. I mean, assuming the mandolin can deliver, which many...
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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    Two things. One is the oval hole and ff holes sound different. And secondly, it is the sound of the ff hole that is treasured in bluegrass - due almost entirely IMO to Bill Monroe.

    I have played a...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    I have a couple of mandolins that do have a great sound up in the nose bleed frets. It is something I check for in a mandolin which purchase I am contemplating.

    I am not an expert on set ups, but...
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    I have read that it takes about a decade to sound like you have been playing 10 years.
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