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  1. Re: Strings for tuning Plectrum banjo as Irish Tenor capoed 3rd f

    I play a 19 fret tenor banjo tuned GDAE and use 38w/28w/18w/12 plain - I sometimes switch the 18w for 16w if that's all I have to hand. Similarly if I've no plain 12's around I might put on a plain...
  2. Re: 17 fret Irish Tenor Banjo vs mandolin

    Just a note that there is nothing "Irish" about a 17 fret tenor banjo - it's just a marketing term in use in the States. The bulk of players in Ireland actually use 19 fret tenor banjos. While...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Commissioned my Girouard in Feb '18 and took delivery of it in Dec '18. Before that my previous mandolin was a second hand Collings MT-O purchased from the folks at the Music Emporium, great...
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    Re: Good pick for starters

    I would have to respectlfully disagree that "getting tone is a lot less important in the early stage of learning" - one of the key components in good tone is good technique, so if a player has poor...
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    Re: Good pick for starters

    For cheap and cheerful picks I really like the Jim Dunlop Delrin 500's - before switching to a Blue Chip I used to use a .89mm hot pink Delrin 500 and really liked it. They're teardrop shaped, but I...
  6. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    At the moment farm chores = chickens, and maintaining a large market garden (we'll be selling veg this year), and I've just discovered today that we'll possibly have a couple of alpacas arriving soon...
  7. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    I tend to play guitar or mandolin after morning farm chores, and then in the late afternoon/evening when work is done either tenor guitar or tenor banjo. All instruments are kept in their cases both...
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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    Max Girouard builds beautiful F-4's but if you aren't wanting to commission an instrument then another option would be a Northfield oval F.
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    Re: Has COVID affected your MAS?

    I haven't had MAS since the Girouard arrived in Dec '18, so all good there. I did add a tenor guitar to the household last year. I guess it was COVID related as it was a bit of retail therapy...
  10. Re: Getting started questions (intonation, setup, instruction)

    There's been good online resources shared here and they're a great free/affordable way to get started, but I would also recommend getting a couple of real time (either in person or via Skype/Zoom)...
  11. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    Thanks for coming back with that update, always cool to see what folks decided to go with in the end - as Zach said, great choice for a first mandolin!
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    Re: Koady Chaisson, RIP

    Very sad news indeed, may he Rest in Peace.
  13. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    I've always played all of my "best" instruments live, whether that's at sessions, gigs, or busking - to me instruments are to be played and as such they'll likely accumulate some honest wear, and...
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    Re: Cape Breton Jig

    It's the "The Wandering Minstrel", though there is mention over in the comments section of thesession.org that someone heard it called The Cape Breton jig by another player:

    T: The Wandering...
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    Re: Waltz in 2020 Time: Original

    Great stuff Don, what a lovely tune!
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    Re: What style am I hearing in my head?

    Are you accusing me of cyber-bullying because I have a different viewpoint from yours?
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    Re: What style am I hearing in my head?

    There's no requirement for folks to introduce themselves when they join here that I know of. I didn't see anything even vaguely "spammy" or political about this post and Lssilver seems to have...
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    Re: British or American

    Also, the Kentucky mandolins were never made in the US, they were made in Japan, and then in China.

    What is your budget? It would be easier to suggest some possibilities if "reasonable price" were...
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    Re: A fun little comparison video

    The mahogany back and sides on your Red Valley sure make for a sweet sounding instrument! Reminds me of when I had my Weber Gallatin way back in the day - it had mahogany back and sides as well and...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Nope, I play irish trad music.
  21. Re: Single Note Melody - Is mandolin "easier?"

    Well in fairness, "The Irish Washerwoman" is a pretty simple tune, hence it's one of the many common tunes that learners start out with so I wouldn't be using it as a barometer at all - there are way...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    If it was me I'd be all over that Weber that ajh linked to - NFI on my part but I've owned a few Webers, liked 'em, and that's a great price for one.
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    Re: F-4 Oval string recommendation

    For ages the Curt Mangan Bluegrass medium set was my favourite (used in the past on a Gibson A-jr, Collings MT-O and currently on my Girouard Concert oval A, but for the past year I've had D'Addario...
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    I lucked out I guess - when I got my Calton for my tenor banjo there was zero glue smell from day one!
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    No problems here accessing Adam's site for Circle Strings or for his other business Iris Guitars. Was able to navigate the page without any botanical content:

    http://www.circlestrings.com/guitars/
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