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    Re: Fiddle tunes that don't work on mandolin?

    Hi John - maybe I'll try arpeggiating off slow notes in e.g. this sort of tune as I come to them, and see if that works.



    Great - thanks again, Hector is another great tune!

    By the way, I...
  2. Re: Recommendations for Greater London Area Mandolin Work

    My impression (living in UK) is that there aren't many mandolin specialists here. Another one to consider (who I haven't used myself) is:

    https://johnalveyturner.co.uk
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    Re: Guardian fiddle/mandolin combo case?

    :) ! Nope... Maybe Tim above is ready to sell his Guardian case now...
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    Fiddle tunes that don't work on mandolin?

    As a long term fiddler but relative newcomer to mandolin, I'm wondering if you find there are tunes that sound great on fiddle but are hard to make work on mandolin? Or do you just have to be really...
  5. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    One thing to consider - if it hasn't been played, why is that? Sometimes it's because the instrument is a dog and will never sound much good - even Stradivari turned out a few of those. I assume that...
  6. Re: For those that installed a set of Rubners on an Eastman Mando

    If the Rubner tuners have the same diameter shaft as the OE tuners, you may be able to leave the existing bushings in your 305 - I did on mine when I replaced with better Chinese unbranded tuners....
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    Re: Guardian fiddle/mandolin combo case?

    I have a Bam violin and viola double case. A standard mandolin is too wide to go in that, and my case is the biggest single I'd be happy carrying, even with backpack straps (yes, I know people carry...
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    Re: Eastman fiberglass cases still available?

    Sounds like, as you've already spotted, you need a Hiscox case if carriage to OZ is at all affordable. I think they also do that case in white, which may increase thermal protection. They have info...
  9. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    As others say above - if you like the basic sound of any instrument it might improve, but if you don't, it's likely you'll never be happy with the sound however much it changes. Initial reactions...
  10. Re: Kentucky KM-120 Army-Navy Special tone/playability?

    Sometimes the Kentucky KM250 is on offer for a similar price to the 150. The 250 has a radiused board which I think is 1/16" wider all the way up, and lightly flamed wood (which may make no...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    To add to the confusion, they used to sell 'New York' plain guitar strings, claiming they stood a lot more abuse (bending etc) than conventional plain strings. The implication is they are/were a...
  12. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    I don't think they make left handed wind instruments either? One of the early exponents of 'kitchen piping' (modern style and fancy playing) on Highland bagpipes used to swap hands in the middle of a...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    I just looked up some listings of Rotosound plain guitar strings, and they do make plain (unwound) stainless steel strings in gauges suitable for mandolin A and E strings. Probably too bright...
  14. Thread: Carbon mandolins?

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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Hmm - thanks, definitely a contender, with a Richlite bridge and a lifetime guarantee. I like the plain A design in carbon. I can't find a sound file of one of a Synergy - anyone played or heard one?
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    My experience with violin Es is that the different coatings do produce different sounds - perhaps partly because the string is being bowed rather than picked? Some violins have problems with the E...
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    Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    When we buy a set of 'monel', or 'phosphor bronze', or whatever strings, are the unwound strings always plain steel? Is that the same with 'stainless' string sets?
  17. Re: Tennis elbow in the picking arm - how to avoid it?

    Think I read somewhere that David Griseman had trouble with this, and his chiropractor recommended he hold his mando farther to the left, which may fit with Jill's 'Monroe' style stance modification...
  18. Thread: Carbon mandolins?

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    Carbon mandolins?

    Does anyone know if there are any carbon fiber mandolins currently in production, what might be available used in CF, and opinions on how well they play? I just rediscovered a set of currently...
  19. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    There's a couple of reasons why left handed fiddling may not be ideal for those who play in orchestras. First, the bracing on fiddle is assymetric - you have a 'bass bar' running longitudinally...
  20. Tennis elbow in the picking arm - how to avoid it?

    Hi: having just got over tennis/golf/mandolin elbow in my right arm (I don't play tennis or golf), I'm fairly keen to avoid it happening again. I've read of very experienced pro musicians being out...
  21. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    Thanks all for all that info!

    Nultylynch: my experience with jigs is that there are distinct regional styles. In some places they're played even, with an accent on the 1st beat of the bar and...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    FrDNicholas asked:

    Anyone else have no players near them?

    They seem to be scarce when I'm playing the bagpipes.
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I think this just shows acoustics is subjective even though it can be measured. Bill noticed a consistent difference in HUNDREDS of guitars, so for him the difference was clear, whether it's...
  24. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    I've read that quoted in one or two instructor books, but I'm wondering how true is it, does it matter, and if it does, is it harder to change the sound than to play a pattern that's much easier...
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    Re: Who is Behind "The Loar" Company?

    It may be worth saying the Chinese made and luthier made mandolin market does overlap a little about this price level. A few small makers (certainly here in UK) can make a good quality (probably...
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