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  1. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    I really enjoyed this, thanks for posting!

    I've been listening to a lot of Peter Ostroushko lately. You can hear the musical kinship in this composition.
  2. Re: Peter Ostroushko and Danny Gotham. 10/18/2007

    Looks like Danny is using a Trillium zouk or octave too.
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    Just one data point but in my experience mandolins do sound better as you move up the chain. Diminishing returns are real but I don't think you pay for cosmetics alone.

    I had a 2016 Girouard...
  4. Re: Peter Ostroushko and Danny Gotham. 10/18/2007

    Good find!
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    Re: Petersen Octave Mandolin

    Heavier strings for the 20 inch shorter scale. For a 22 inch I would start with something like 012 020 032 046.

    I like this string tension calculator:...
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    Re: Petersen Octave Mandolin

    I had a couple Petersens. I loved em! I think they are one of the best value flat top octaves you can find. Look great and sound great.

    Without knowing scale length it's hard top recommend a...
  7. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Every mandolin I've put a tonegard on gets louder. You can argue whether they sound better or not but they do seem to sound louder.

    I've found Wegen and Clown Barf picks to be pretty loud. I...
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    Re: Northfield FS vs Artist series

    In addition to the cosmetics (binding/inlay/flame/etc) the Artist series comes with a varnish finish (which most would consider an upgrade) and the Gilchrist tailpiece (which most, I think, would...
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    Re: New NMD - Collings

    Beautiful mandolin! Look forward to hearing it.
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    I love the bass and overall tone of the pro-plec but I always lost treble cut which led to me overplaying to get more volume in group situations.

    Wegen and Clownbarf have a lot more high end but...
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    Re: Happy Friday!

    Happy Friday to you as well!
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    Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    Agreed. I think they're on to something. I played a set from April until July. Several outdoor festivals. Held tune no breaks. For my A5 I will stick with these strings. If they come out with...
  13. Re: Two hornpipes: Pat Galvin's and Cuckoo's Nest

    Nice playing!

    I like that pace for hornpipes. Dancers love fast reels but if you play a hornpipe too fast you might get a shoe thrown at ya.
  14. Re: Distressed Hlavaty F5 nr.25 clip and pic

    Sounds great. Unique tailpiece. I haven't seen one like that before.
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    I agree. I was seriously thinking about getting one (or the equally cool carved top Shippey Tone) but I'm a bit nervous about international shipping in the never ending pandemic. I got on Max...
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    Re: Flat Tops, Waterloo and others

    Paul Shippey makes a flat top with a carved back. The Axe. Sounds great to me. Not cheap but I think it's still a good value.

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    Re: Octave Recommendations?

    James Jones is a well known highly regarded hammered dulcimer maker. This is an intriguing octave mandolin. Handmade and sounds nice on the sound samples. I've never seen one in the wild but I...
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    Re: Crossrock Mandolin Cases

    Amazon has the black fiberglass case at $239 and other colors at $249. Their prices seem to fluctuate randomly, often by color.
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    Re: Hamlett Pick-Off!

    I kinda liked the darker pics: Pro Plec, Dawg, and Golden Gate. Blue chips always sound good.

    Golden Gate Clown Barf picks are having their moment. I actually think they are good picks for the...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I keep the all the instruments in their cases with a wall hygrometer and a room humidifier next to them.

    I use em all everywhere I play though...even pubs and renaissance festivals. I don't like...
  21. Re: Mandolin Tasting: Gibsons, Buckeye, Duff, Northfiled

    At first I was a bit embarrassed that I didn't pick one of the big buck mandolins but after hearing it again...no buyers remorse, that's just the one I liked best (Bibey Model). Crazy that I found...
  22. Thread: Nmd

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    Re: Nmd

    Looks great! Your first mandolin and you'll never need another. Of course need and want are different things :)
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    Re: NMD - Peter Coombe classical flattop

    Sounds and looks great! Flatwounds?
  24. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    This thread comes up every now and then. I'm clearly in the minority but I think guitar and octave work quite well together. I think two guitars work well together. I think guitar and bouzouki...
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    Re: Powerful A models in the 5K range

    Looks great, signed by one of the best, Waverly and James are good QoL upgrades. A lot to love. Enjoy!
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