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    Re: Grace Design BiX Acoustic Instrument Preamp

    Start looking in the Alex price range and the Tonedexter begins to look intreguing. I'm an analog kind of guy, but man, having your mandolin sound like your mandolin , that's enticing.
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    Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    One of the nicest mandolins I've ever played was a Flatiron 1N. It was just a sweet sounding mandolin, and would serve any beginner well. Like anything there will be flat tops that are uninspiring....
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    Re: Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin

    It would be an interesting study if you could find a hundred beginners who started on a Rogue then a hundred who started on a KM 150, then see how many were playing a year later.

    Human...
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    Yes, just about every mixer has phantom power, and Hi Z switches are seen a lot too. But you are correct that the people using them don't know the how and whys of their mixers. I imaging the...
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    Re: Best mandolin wall stand, e.g. hook etc?

    Is the String Swing hanger just a U shaped device? Here in California I need the gate across the front. Wouldn't trust anything else in a 7.1 earthquake like they had down in the desert.
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    Re: Best mandolin wall stand, e.g. hook etc?

    I believe my hangers are Hercules, they are whatever Gryphon was using fifteen years ago. Their mounting plates are bent so as to fit into slots that run horizontally. These are made with two boards,...
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    Whatever other cost saving measures I take, what with the labor intensive factor in mandolin building, wood is not something I'd skimp on. I'd defer to the tried and true. What a highly skilled...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    No, he worked at Norm's in LA.
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    The best musicians I know obcess over instruments the least.
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    What? You can't have a piano buddy over to play piano duets on twin Steinways?
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I like your style. Never settle for either/or.
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    Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    Yep. First rate folks. When I happened to be in town, I called TMS and asked if I could come by. Told them I wasn't really looking to buy, just wanted an education, and didn't want them to bother...
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    When putting a system together, it is important to pay attention to the components used in the device. You can spend your money on something like a RedEye, which has relatively few parts of high...
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    Re: ‘Beach’ mandolin

    The finish on my MK is indeed industrial grade. I caught my foot on a tree branch while holding it by the neck, braced my fall with the mandolin face down. Heard a horrible sprong sound. Expected...
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    Re: Mic preamp for condenser

    If it is just a matter of phantom power, you can buy a stand alone power unit. Turn your phantom board power off and use the stand alone. Not very elegant. But if you need both power and gain, you'd...
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    Re: Grace Design BiX Acoustic Instrument Preamp

    Both the companies you are inquiring about have built solid reputations for quality products. Your best bet is to buy both, try them side by side and return one.
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    Re: Mic preamp for condenser

    Here's the deal, like a lot of things, compromises are made to bring costs down. I have a friend who over a ten year period upgraded his studio multiple times. His main interface was a MOTU 24...
  18. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    A common misconception if you haven't played in the right band. Granted many have not. Check out Mandolin Orange in the expanded format. The number one criteria for a band backing vocals is...
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    Re: New Kelley F5

    Ditto to this
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    There are certainly many ways to go here. I've seen guys doing a solo gig with a Fishman mini. Wouldn't do that myself, but in reality, no one cared.

    I've seen guys doing a solo gig with a digital...
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    Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    We will see how long it takes to get a StewMac kit. I imagine someone making seriously good mandolins would have a hard time making time to put kits together. I have my suspicions the tops and backs...
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    I look at it this way, if management at Gibson is paying no attention, it's less likely they do something stupid.
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    Re: ‘Beach’ mandolin

    I'm exceedingly happy to have my 199.00 Michael Kelly for this.
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    Virtually any acoustic pre amp or acoustic amplifier will have the correct input impedance. Where you need to be careful is if you use a Di instead. Many other devices use DI boxes, keyboards and...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    Very good description of exactly what you can expect with a significant upgrade from the point of view of someone experiencing it. It only happens once. Yes you can get better, but the cash outlay...
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