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  1. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Right, that's the usual arrangement.

    What may be happening here, is that some film and video companies are taping over the logo on musical instruments because they don't want to make it look like...
  2. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    Well, I did try one, but it was an oddball: a Breedlove "Radim Zenkl" model. Same body and neck as their usual style but designed for fingerstyle playing with 4 strings, wider spacing near the...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    It will be interesting to watch this play out, but I can't see Gibson taking anyone to court.

    That video was the equivalent of the cease-and-desist letter a lawyer sends when they know they don't...
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    Re: Capo problem/question

    You'd want to keep the same string gauge just to try out the idea, sure.

    I'm a string gauge optimizer by nature though, and even that small half step detuning might have me thinking of slightly...
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    Re: Capo problem/question

    Here's a radical idea, partly in jest but it might work:

    Detune your 'zouk 1 or 2 half steps with appropriate change of string gauges. Then you could keep an easily shifted capo like the "Gilder...
  6. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    You're not alone, I've never liked the look (or usually, the sound) of guitar-bodied mandocellos. Or guitar-bodied octave mandolins either, which is why I play a mandolin-shaped Weber OM (the larger...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Club!

    First, congratulations on finding some people who want to play together! That's the important first step for any club, jam, or session.

    I think this is going to be your main challenge, but first...
  8. Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Any decent tuner should pick up both the 12th fret and the harmonics, yes. I think the value of a good tuner comes in when checking whether you need to make further small adjustments to the bridge or...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    Perlman makes a very good point in that clip, which I've heard in other conversations on the Cafe and elsewhere. It doesn't matter how much time you spend practicing, if all you're practicing are bad...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    Only way to know is to try a set. Before you do, consider how you'd like the tone of your instrument to change, because flatwound strings typically sound "darker" with reduced high frequency...
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    Re: Mandolin Stand Recommendations

    Because my S.O. is a fiddler and I play mandolin, we have a bunch of different fiddle/mandolin stands scattered around the house. An Ingles, a couple of Hercules "grabber" stands, some other things. ...
  12. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    I'm not trying to start an argument really, but I was a drummer in Rock bands in my teenage years. Good enough to be hired for a few sessions at a local pro studio before I shifted over to fretted...
  13. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    I hear it in 6/8, aside from the transitional off-beat measures. Don't over-complicate it.
    :)
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    Re: Paddy Fahy RIP

    I posted this link (posted by someone else earlier) on thesession.org, it's a field recording of Paddy Fahy in his home, playing tunes from 1972, a mix of his own and other tunes:
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    Re: Remic microphones

    Congrats! And yes, it's nice to have some flexibility in using that mic. I've used my set of several DPA 4099's on my mandolin, my octave mandolin, a band member's acoustic guitar, a band member's...
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    Re: Remic microphones

    At the microphone end, it's a proprietary, gold plated and very tiny screw-on connector to the thin wire that comes out from the mic. At the other end is another tiny screw-on connector to the XLR...
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    Re: Remic microphones

    mrmando, another option might be the ATM Pro 35 clip-on mini condenser mic for $150. That gets you most of the way towards the sound of a DPA 4099 at a much lower price. That's the mic I used for the...
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    Re: Remic microphones

    I haven't used it or seen anyone locally using one. Just based on the design, I don't think it's something I'd use instead of my DPA 4099's on fiddle. From what I can tell, the pros and cons compared...
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    Re: Easiest keys? major/minor

    Poor choice of words on my part. Should have been "double stops along with open strings." :redface:

    Like the ubiquitous "A modal" or "A5" 2200 fingering, where you press down both the G and D...
  20. Re: Any help identifying this beautiful instrument?

    Or a leg rest for a seated, lefty player. :)
  21. Re: So what would a 27" scale mandocello sound like?

    The 27" scale wouldn't work for me, that's for sure, because I would want to play chords as well as just double-stops. At least those I could reach! You can still play out of a barre shape and hit a...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    I have both the older (silver) and newer (black) versions. I don't notice any real difference in accuracy or ability to pick up the sound in a noisy environment between the two. The advantage of the...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    For as long as I've been active here on the Cafe, a "what's a good tuner?" thread invariably turns into a long thread of posts about "What I like and What I use." Which has value, but unless you've...
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    I noticed the OP also posted the question over on thesession.org, so I assumed ITM. :mandosmiley:



    Irish session dynamics are just different. A big part of that is how harmonically weird the...
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    It's not an ironclad rule, but it's a convention in Irish trad sessions that mandolins play melody, not accompaniment.

    I think the main reason is that the mandolin pitch range is exactly the same...
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