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  1. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song A Week Social Group Week #528

    Gelsenbury: Lovely playing. I have family roots in Boughton Monchelsea,Kent. I see you are in Kent.
  2. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song A Week Social Group Week #528

    Gelsenbury: Lovely playing. I have family roots in Boughton Monchelsea,Kent. I see you are in Kent. Great playing of this piece.
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    Re: Central Illinois

    What do you like to play, what genre? You might check out c4A, Community for the Arts, Urbana.IL. What part of Central Illinois are you located in?
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    One comment. Others have given splendid comments about the mandolin. There is no such thing as a compulsive purchase, when it comes to mandolin!. Now, on the subject of retirement. I experienced...
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    Re: Norman Blake Tunes

    Great playing !
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    Re: Roadie-2 Tuner and Winder

    Thanks to all. Great comments. I agree. I am staying with my present system. I have a Grip Bit from MusicNomad, which I will plug into a cordless screwdriver or a ratchet screwdriver, saving a...
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    Roadie-2 Tuner and Winder

    I just saw an ad for as Roadie-2. It appears to perform two functions, winding the tuners and tuning the instrument. Any of my Mandolin Cafe colleagues have any experience with this. One...
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    Re: Celtic lockdown!

    Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing. I have seen so much great music since early March. There is an upside to being kept at home. I have seen creativity at a whole different level. Lovely playing !
  9. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song A Week Social Group Week #522

    I voted for Lad O'Beirne's. It is really a challenging piece. I first tried it at O'Flaherty Festival in Mick Maloney's class. I never could get the tempo right. It is a lovely piece when played...
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    Re: Taran Springwell

    You will be amazed. Mine is from the Class of 2015 and it sounds better every day. I had the pleasure of traveling to Scotland last May to see Rory in his shop. You are in for a great experience...
  11. This book just arrived in the mail and I am...

    This book just arrived in the mail and I am anxious to work on some of the tunes. I can't think of a better way to work though this national issue: stay close to home and play music! I am going to...
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandola #6

    Lovely, I am happy to see more mandolas being built. I am fortunate to have an excellent one, Collings MT2 that I purchased years ago. I love the sound of the mandola, especially for hymns and...
  13. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    All of the above! The Cafe colleagues covered it. Nothing more to add!
  14. Thread: Pickups

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    Re: Pickups

    I have used the LR Baggs Radius along with their preamp and it is fine. One of my other mandolins has the K&K internal pickup. It also sounds very good. For what it is worth, I prefer the internal...
  15. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    The leather shoestring works well too. I thread a piece around the strings near the tailpiece and it seemed to benefit the sound--might have all been in my head. I did the same thing with another...
  16. This is a great CD. I play it all the time.

    This is a great CD. I play it all the time.
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    The same thing happens to me. One trick that has worked for me is to play the tune on my melodica (I have a cheap one but the sound is good). It helps me visualize the tune on the keyboard and it...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    I have used the Thomastik Hard, and they are great. They have a wound "A" string as I remember and it is a very nice sound, indeed. They are a bit high priced, but when you think about it in terms...
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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    Just a quick comment. I found that certain sites feature one genre over others. They are all very good however. I probably lean to Peghead Nation because of the variety of genre covered. I took...
  20. Poll: Re: Poll for Song a Week Social Group Week #507

    This is the version I learned from Baron Collins-Hill.
  21. Poll: Re: Poll for Song a Week Social Group Week #506

    Very nice playing.
  22. Great folks to do business with. I highly...

    Great folks to do business with. I highly recommend them. I have purchased 3 instruments from them, all have been superb. All the best to Dennis and team.
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    Re: CMSA Newbie: Advice Needed!

    I wish that I could, but alas, not. I am sure it will be a great event.
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    Re: Collings MT2 - Dixie Hoedown

    Very Nice !
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    Re: Notation to Tablature

    Oh, Chris From Tuscon, I forgot one thing. Mandolin orchestra music is notorious for putting a lot of notes on the ledger lines. AS if you don't have enough to learn, just on the staff! Many...
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