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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    If you go in that direction, just make sure the neck is in good shape and playable with easy action. OMI models may have truss rods, but vintage Dobro mandos may lack truss rods and could need a neck...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I've never owned a Dobro mandolin so take this with a grain of salt, but I suspect the volume is similar. However the timbre and attack will be a larger and more noticeable difference, based on my...
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    Re: String idea for my Zouk

    If the soundboard of that guitar-body zouk is braced more heavily than a tenor guitar for the tension of 8 strings, then you're likely to lose some volume if you go partial or full single strings.
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  4. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    I'm a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation for Scottish/Irish music and culture but not involved in running it. It's a large organization, heavily supported financially with their own building for...
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    Re: Weber octar

    I don't believe I ever said that OMs are only for playing slow tunes. As a personal preference, I just find mandolin works better for me when playing dance tempo jigs and reels, where I'm playing a...
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    Re: Weber octar

    Congrats from another Weber OM owner! (Yellowstone F) That's a beauty.

    On the "what to do?" question, I use my OM on the slower tempo Irish and Scottish trad tunes where I can milk the long...
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    Re: Tone Traveler

    Ninety four posts of discussion on it here:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/160729-Gilchrist-Using-The-Tone-Traveler-On-Mike-Compton-s-Mandolin

    Me, I just pay for quality instruments...
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    Re: Octave mandolin - F holes or an oval hole?

    There are such major differences between makes of OM -- scale length, flat vs. arch top, body depth and shape -- that other factors may be more important than the souondhole design. So take this with...
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    Re: Easiest to learn DAW

    Short answer is no, even if you want to do the most basic things like trimming heads and tails (beginning and end of recordings), adjust EQ, and set final levels for whatever purpose you have.
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    Re: Hard case for OM

    You might want to check out Crossrock fiberglass cases, I think they're a good "budget" fiberglass case with decent build quality, although less "budget" than they used to be. I see the prices have...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    If that person wasn't pulling your leg, maybe they were turned off by that session for other reasons? Maybe just not a good fit for the music? I had a friend I met in local OldTime jams, a decent...
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    Re: Speed Exercises

    You're probably getting confused about the way people in different genres of music count beats, especially fiddle tunes like reels. Bluegrass players might set a metronome at 4/4, but Irish/Scottish...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Fingering

    I should mention that although I play most Irish/Scottish trad tunes in first position, I do use a capo for a few tunes. Not so much for the easier fingering, but to allow the use of open strings and...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Fingering

    You may find as others have, that you need to adjust your mandolin two-fret-per-finger approach for playing octave mandolin. At least for first position where the fret stretch is widest. That's where...
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    Re: Small PA setups

    It's been a few years since the last gigs I played, I'm pretty much out of that scene now. But when I was in a performing duo (mandolin and guitar) playing small venues like restaurants and wedding...
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    Re: I know this may sound crazy, BUT;

    I'm not seeing the advantage with that idea. From my perspective, the weakest part of a mandolin's voice is once you get up past the 7th fret on the E string. That's where the high quality...
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    At the local Scottish/Irish session in a brewpub it's a nice dark stout. Or two.

    At home for the daily afternoon practice it's either a cup of hot Oolong tea or a glass of house wine later in the...
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    Re: Asheville Jams?

    Good info, thanks! I was about to ask if there was any Irish trad in the area. My wife and I are contemplating a move to Asheville in the near future.

    We're in the Pacific Northwest now but need...
  19. Re: Yet another Thomastik-Infield string question

    From my short infatuation with TI Starks years ago, the tone will be darker with less highs, less "bite" in the sound on the wound strings. No real difference on the unwound E string. The reason I...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    It may vibrate differently, but is the different vibration an improvement in tone? Or does it sound worse than it did before? That's the crux of the thousands of posts here and elsewhere on the...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Is it considered "relic'ing" or distressing if you remove the finish off a mandolin neck? Or can it be considered simply a playability improvement if you like the feel under your hand? Because I did...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Yeah, I'd reject it out of hand, regardless of what it sounded like. First, because I like playing instruments that look a little different from the norm, like my semi-transparent brown-stained...
  23. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    With regard to motivation, my #1 suggestion is to find others to play with. It's a great motivation to practice, when you know you need to get a handle on tunes you'll be playing with other amateur...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Yep, big difference there. My mandolin bought new 15 years ago shows no surface wear at all, because it has a hard-as-nails lacquer finish. I removed the finish from the back of the neck because I...
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    Re: a couple of MC related string questions

    I can't help with the first question, but on the second one, there is really no way to resurrect phosphor bronze strings past their prime.

    I've heard of upright acoustic bass players boiling...
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