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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Many of us here might have got started on a Yamaha guitar, I should think.

    It was great value back then, and I think probably still is today. Good choice.
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Yamaha is a great choice. Enjoy it!
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    Re: Problem E strings

    I would play around with strings. Without having the instrument in hand itís hard to make recommendations. From my experience instruments are overdriven more often than underdriven when someoneís...
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    Re: Problem E strings

    First thing I would do is to check the fit of the bridge to the top. It must be as close to perfect as you can get it. If that does not change any thing you can make changes to the treble by using...
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    Re: Best Online Sites For Learning

    I don’t know of any OM series, but David Surette and Robin Bullock are great players who often teach at festivals. So, they might also give Skype lessons. Surette’s website is pretty sparse, but it...
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    Heads up for you Mandolinists with Cats

    This has minimal mandolin content, but I have noticed that there seem to be a fair number of people here who share their homes with cats (ie. pages and pages of cats sitting in cases :)), cats in...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    No, they do not. You would have to buy a custom set, emando.com has a set that is nice. A great alternative is to buy d'addario flatwound chrome steel single guitar strings in the gauges you need. ...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Thomastik mittels:
    .010 015 .021 .033 (guage)

    17.4 15.4 15.4 15.4 (pounds)
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I believe the TI "Stark" (Hard) strings at .011 - .034 gauge are considered more or less equivalent to D'Addario or GHS medium strings which run .011 - .040 gauge.

    I ran TI flatwound Starks on my...
  10. Carlo Aonzo's The Migrating Mandolin - I Viaggi del Mandolino

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h4qxK12leo
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    Re: APC/Carvahlo or Trinity College Octave?

    I hate you already:)) iím sure it will be a blast ! Canít wait to see your evaluation when youíve had a chance to stop playing it long enough to write one.

    Garry
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    Re: APC/Carvahlo or Trinity College Octave?

    I looked at Trinity College for an octave mandolin back in the early 2000’s, but ended up going with the Johnson MA 515 which ended up being more like a good looking block of wood with strings. So,...
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Peter's right. However, two things:
    - you can never apply too many coats of tru-oil
    - people in general seem to put up with much worse dye jobs than what is "good practice"

    So maybe put some...
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Mmm, probably a bit late to think about that now. Would be quite difficult to get an even colour now with dye without starting over. However, very likely to will darken with age and exposure to...
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    Some new backing tracks

    Hi, everybody. I started a blog when I was preparing for some flatpick and mandolin contests years ago, to share the tools I was using to practice. I recorded a lot of backing tracks to practice...
  16. Re: Mando Tone Experiment (picks/strings) with YouTube video

    Thanks for listening and yes, that is basically my conclusion.....and yes, in person the difference is drastic but on the recorded sound it's not as apparent. But again, I'm using very good mic's,...
  17. Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi all...

    I hope everyone is staying safe and sane in these disrupting and troubling times.

    I thought I'd take the opportunity to give an update on The Irish Mandolin, the website I started to...
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    Great Practice Tool!

    I was looking through some old posts this morning and ran across a thread about practice tools. A website called www.fbbts.com (Free Bluegrass Backup Tracks) has a good selection of backup tracks in...
  19. Thread: Fretboard Riser

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    Re: Fretboard Riser

    That is what I aim at too. I would add that I fit the neck before I finish shaping of the riser. I aim for 1/2" overstand at the crosspiece and neck projection (with starightedge placed on surface of...
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    Re: Fretboard Riser

    1/2" at the crosspiece. That's from the rim to the bottom of the fingerboard.
  21. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    Yes, many people do this to get even color tones on spruce. You can scuff sand it back to smooth with say 400 or 600 grit before applying color. If sunbursting, it allows you to move the color around...
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    Re: Left hand position

    This series is excellent in showing both left hand position and how use the pinky finger.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    People will be tired of seeing this, but I made my own device for keeping the back of my F5 clear of my torso. I used scrap wood, pieces of cork table mat and viola chin-rest brackets. It certainly...
  24. Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Yeah, it's scary. But the installation instructions that come with the James tailpiece advise that the angle of the tailpiece be BENT to make it point towards the top of the saddle. You have to...
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    20 mins superb Celtic tunes

    A couple of weeks back I had time to make a compilation of old videos for YouTube. One of them is mandolin/cittern type instruments. Here it is -


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgkabydSIOI
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