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  1. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    Try changing strings on my sitar sometime!!
    A string change on a mandolin takes me about 10 minutes.
    A string change on my sitar takes an evening.

    19 strings, and all wooden friction pegs.
    No...
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    Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    That is pretty cool.
    I dont know about $149K, but it is certainly unique.
  3. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    If they stay with your mandolin, they will always be there.
    Stick the pick under the strings when you put the mando in the case.

    If you need to have a pick with you, then buy some cheaper picks...
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    It could just be a "wolf tone" on that particular instrument.
    Sometimes and instrument has one particular frequency that gets squished for whatever reason.
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    Re: Adding side port to mandolin

    Thank you for the input, Marty.
    I appreciate your opinion, as I admire your instruments, and see your experiments with different types of sound holes, etc.

    I am not going to start cutting holes...
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    Re: Adding side port to mandolin

    LOL.
    Thanks for the past thread suggestions.
    Sorry, I had a thought and posted, and I certainly know better, as I usually search for past threads on subjects first before posting.
    There...
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    Adding side port to mandolin

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone experimented with adding side ports to an existing mandolin.
    My question is about how it effects the existing tone from the front the mandolin.

    I like the...
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    Re: Girouard G5 Concert

    Yeah, that is a pretty mandolin.
    I need to try a Girouard.
    They seem to be a reasonably priced, beautifully made mandolin.
    I used to not like the pointy scroll thing, but it has grown on me.
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    Re: Best type of string for my mandolin

    My Northfield has an Engelmann top, and some types of strings make it sound more compressed and less projecting.
    I have found that the Straight Up Strings medium set works really well for me. ...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day - Ellis

    I love Ellis mandolins.
    They are just exactly what they should be.

    Beautiful silking in the grain on the top.
    Is it Engelmann?
  11. Re: Bill Monroe playing on Joe Greene's Fiddle Album?

    I found the album on eBay, and the back of the album says Roland White on mandolin.

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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    Unfortunately it comes down to the mandolin, and it usually costs quite a bit to get a mandolin that functions well up there.
    Most of my mandolins are pretty useless above the 14th fret.
    BUT my...
  13. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    - Started on Piano at age 8 in 1976, but never really grabbed me.

    - Studied Renaissance Lute for about 4 years starting at age 10. I still have my lute but don't play it much.

    - Played...
  14. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Lessons at both Peghead Nation and Artistworks are very good.
    They have beginner through advanced.

    The monthly fee is about half of one lesson with a teacher in person.
    They are a really good...
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    Re: favourite strings

    I have been using Straight Up Strings Mediums, and I really love them.
    They are balanced across the strings and have a great bright tone.
    I have tried many different strings and found myself...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    I say don't bother.
    I always remove the pick guard first thing.
    If you have good right hand technique, you don't need one.
  17. Re: Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    That is a little different.
    It is basically a 12 string guitar, up an octave.
    That is 6 courses of two strings.
    The one I posted is four courses of three strings

    Although, I guess you could...
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    Bluegrass Jams in Lake Tahoe

    Hey all,

    I’m in Tahoe for a week or so, and was wondering if anyone knew of any bluegrass jams happening in the area.
    I know it is a long shot, but thought I would ask.
    I have my Northfield,...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    I would think that for a beginner it is more important to have good action at the nut.
    Badly cut nuts, where the strings are high off the fret coming out of the nut, make mandolins very hard to...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    Awesome!!
    You will not regret that decision.
  21. Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    Hey all,

    I came across this odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string mandolin at a store in Marin.
    It has four courses of three strings.
    Was this layout common at some point, or is this just an oddity of...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    I have played a bunch of the high end Kentuckys, I own a J Bovier F5 Special, and I have played a number of Northfields including F5s, Big Mon, and Artist Series.

    The J Bovier F5 is a nice...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Yup, looks like it.
    I saw a Northfield Octave recently that had a ton of Silking on the top.
    It was a beautiful instrument.
    Sounded amazing too.
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    Most inexpensive mandolins start to give up as you go past the 12th fret.
    My decent but lesser mandolin starts to get really plinky at 12th fret, and then starts to fail to give any sort of useful...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Since posting this I have been reading a bit about it elsewhere.
    Apparently engelmann spruce has particularly long medullary rays, which are what makes this pattern figuring.
    They show up in...
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