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  1. Thread: Weber octar

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    Re: Weber octar

    Awesome instrument, but the scale length is a deal breaker for me. I have a 20 inch Bitterroot Weber OM that fits just right…

    The Octars are awesome sounding beasts, though, so I’m sure you’ll...
  2. Re: Long-winded general questions from a mandolin newbie ...

    A lower tier Kentucky may or may not be a tone upgrade, and you won’t know until you can play them side by side. A sure upgrade would be a Silverangel Econo, which can be had new for $1500 and used...
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    Re: Mic and Equipment for playing live

    My brain immediately went to “solid body electric.” I have a Baggs Venue pre that has worked well for me in a praise band setting, but that’s nothing like the volume you’re competing against…
  4. Re: Carter Vintage Guitars is now Carter Vintage Exchange

    I hope this doesn't make me say, "man, remember when Carter's was THE place!" I hope it remains the place. Although, this may explain an unsatisfying visit one of our forum members had there just a...
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    Re: Do I need a mandola?

    Another happy ending! Congratulations!
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    Re: Crossrock Mandolin Cases

    I just ordered an orange one from Crossrock that came in yesterday. Initial impression is good. It's a well-built case. Not a flight case, as stated above, but a step up from my Golden Gate and tweed...
  7. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    Regarding the 4 finger chop chords, you can survive, and even thrive, without them, but they're achievable. I wear large size gloves but don't have long fingers, so I'm absolutely not in the Mike...
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    Re: The 100 100 Challenge Weekly Video

    Dude, you just havenít had the right grits yet ;)
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    Re: Eastman MD315/MD515 vs Kentucky KM750

    As a guy who’s owned Kentucky, Eastman, and Silverangel, +1 on the SA. I had an Econo for 9 or 10 years that was a definite step up in tone from the other brands, IMO. That said, Ken does build a...
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    Re: Praise for the Northfield Calhoun

    Congratulations, and welcome to the obsession! Northfield is making some really impressive instruments through their entire line up right now…
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    Re: Carter Vintage experience vs Morgan Music

    I was there 2 weeks ago on a Wednesday and had a great experience. Played most of the mandolins in the store, including those in the back room. Even demo’d a couple for a guy who was trying to decide...
  12. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    And just when I thought MAS was at bay…
  13. Re: Differences between Kentucky and Eastman A products

    I played a couple of Eastmanís 315-815, IIRC, in the 2007-2008 range and was underwhelmed, but I think around 2013-2014 they made some tweaks (or the experience just really kicked in). My 315 was a...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    Correct, 1922 with a TR and the slimmer neck profile. I really liked it and it's not a bad way to get a Loar era mandolin given the overspray, but I think I'd have to do the re-fret (or possibly...
  15. Re: Rec's on home recording gear for mandolin and voice ..

    I have a Strindberg UR 22 interface I picked up at Guitar Center that’s worked well the few times I used it. I’ve recorded with a Rode NT-1 and also used Shure SM-57 and SM-58 mics, all with good...
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    Re: A Special Guest at the Blue Note

    Check out his album with Brad Meldau…sublime for the most part, with a little bit of Monk thrown in…
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    Re: A Special Guest at the Blue Note

    Holy Hell…Imma be in NYC for a very brief weekend trip starting late Friday. If any of y’all have some inside info, please , pm me…
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    Re: Pharis and Jason Romero

    Very nice!!!
  19. Re: Differences between Kentucky and Eastman A products

    Agree with the above opinions and will add that the Eastmans I’ve played were more in the Collings tone camp, Kentuckys a bit more traditional sounding. I owned an Eastman 315 that was probably 85%...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    I got to spend some time at Carterís Wednesday and played most of the mandolins they had excepting the Loars; they were busy, Iíve played a few, and didnít want to bug them to pull them out when I...
  21. Thread: Eastman MD315

    by CES
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    Re: Eastman MD315

    The one I used to own certainly was. They’re generally very good mandolins with the occasional exceptional example (both good and less so) coming off the line, as is true of the Kentucky line up as...
  22. Thread: Road Trip Part II

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    Re: Road Trip Part II

    I havenít used or recently looked at the financing some shops offer with Affirm or other such lenders, but remember seeing some zero percent options from time to time in the past (assume thatís long...
  23. Thread: My Oliver Ditson

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    Re: My Oliver Ditson

    So sorry to hear about your house, and echo the sentiment of others regarding your safety! It’s amazing that the mandolin survived. Notice any difference in tone s/p the torrefying and loss of the...
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    Re: Do I need a mandola?

    I asked myself this very question a few years ago. I had a mandocello, so I was getting the transposition down, but the stretch was just too much for me and I didnít play it enough to get proficient...
  25. Re: Mandocello question: should I add strap button, and K&K picku

    I had a Weber Yellowstone A style MC a few years ago. Rather than install a strap button at the neck I just attached it above the nut (actually above the first set of tuning pegs to keep it out of...
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