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  1. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    I should add: yes, it's heavier than any of my other banjos though the neck is not at all chunky. The mass is all in the pot, and there's no wasted energy to support the neck while playing. -- Paul
  2. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    I have a 17-fret Sierra which I like very much, tuned CGDA; I have a 19-fret Gibson TB3 tuned GDAE, which I'm more likely to reach for for my usual Celtic melodies. I use my CGDA instruments to play...
  3. Re: Gig or inexpensive case for Ibanez tenor guitar

    A couple years ago I bought a Gibson TG-50 with a wrecked case (I couldn't trust it not to fall open). Took it to my local guitar store for a new case, anticipating I'd have to order and wait. They...
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    Re: Whaat is this chord?

    Bb-D-A-F . . . I'd say Bbmaj7.
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    Re: B7b9

    By dropping the root (B), you have left a diminished chord, nominally Cdim. So in general a diminished chord in the name of the tone one-half step up from the root your progression originally calls...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    I had the same problem of feeling drowned out, being at a sonic disadvantage versus the multiple fiddles. It was an easy solution to get an amplifier and set it up behind myself as my personal...
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    Re: New OM on order

    Áhá! Thanks, Jill! -- Paul
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    New OM on order

    I am indebted to Aidan Crossey's "A spectacular find" thread in the "Celtic, etc." forum, and inputs from John Kelly and Jill McAuley among others, for bringing Macdara O Faolain to my attention. ...
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    Re: Shipping expenses from Ireland?

    Thanks to all for your insights. My seller does have some experience in shipping to the US, and indeed I'm awaiting his estimate, and have zero reason to think he might mislead me. My posing the...
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    Re: Shipping expenses from Ireland?

    Good point, John. The instrument would be coming from the Republic, most likely Waterford or Cork. Thanks! -- Paul
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    Shipping expenses from Ireland?

    Someone here would know: how much additional expense would I incur in purchasing a musical instrument from Ireland, to be shipped to me in the US? I'm considering an octave mandolin, with an...
  12. Re: Addition to Builder Database - James Martin

    Does anyone have any experience of his octave mandolins? The reviews on his website speak only to repairs of other makers' instruments. Thanks. -- Paul
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin Raffle

    Long ago as a middle-aged wise-guy, I realized that since all number combinations were equally probable, the greatest controllable factor must be avoiding the horror of having to split the pot. ...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin Raffle

    Why would an indestructible, weatherproof instrument need a Calton case?
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    Re: Where are the Mandola Books?

    . . . and to speak to some of the rest of your questions: correct, the two instruments playing together in their respective D and G settings wouldn't work, since they'd always be a fifth apart. ...
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    Re: Where are the Mandola Books?

    Sue, you're correct. If you play on your mandolin according to the violin transcription you started with, you'll be in D. If you pick up a CGDA mandola and use the same fingering, you'll be in G. ...
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    Deering makes both 17- and 19-fret tenor banjos. I was lucky to snap up a used one last year, a 17-fret one which spent a terrific New Hampshire spring afternoon with me today. -- Paul
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    Re: Strange intonation issue with new strings

    If your former Thomastik A-strings were plain, and your present A-strings are wound: that may be your problem since they have different scale-lengths (shorter for the wound ones). I don't remember...
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    Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    With this much attention being given to Joseph Campanella Cleary's instruments -- and so many mistakenly thinking the builder's last name is Campanella (including the folks at Music Emporium when...
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    Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    ollaimh, that is a Campanella "Due" made by Joe Cleary in Burlington VT. As it happens I have one of his F-models that I wouldn't trade for anything else I've played.
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    Re: CGDA to GDAE tuning

    Mandobart, I agree with you if you are moving from CGDA up a fifth to GDAE, as you would going from mandola to mandolin tuning and keeping the same scale length. Yes, the G, D, and A strings would...
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    Re: So...what would you do with an octave mando?

    I got one for the sake of learning my way around up-the-neck (as I had learned on the five-string) and bringing that awareness back to the mandolin. As it happened, my local Celtic sessions were...
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    Re: New Hampshire jams

    Peter, you might get more response if you specify what kind of jam you are looking for. My recent inquiry about Celtic sessions in the nearby Concord area (see below in this forum) got quite a nice...
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    Re: Celtic session in Concord NH area?

    One: welcome to the Cafe, Valerie, and thanks for your suggestion. Portsmouth isn't that far away if a brewery is involved.

    Two: thanks, David, for endorsing the Concord Tuesday-night session...
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    Re: Celtic session in Concord NH area?

    Mary, I don't believe I ever met him. During my working/kid-rearing years we lived in Jericho. When I retired in mid-2017 we moved here (north, forsooth!) to be closer to my wife's extensive family...
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