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    Re: Are Eastmans a keeper?

    I'm at least the 3rd caretaker of a 2004 Eastman 615. It has served me well as I've honed my modest skills. After a recent refret and installation of a CA bridge, it exhibits significantly improved...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    And when you watch Robin Bullock, on this week's Mando Monday, it's pretty clear that it can be done with an open hand and a pinky plant. Find what works for you.
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    Re: Silverangel praise

    In March, Ken had a trade-in that he offered for sale. I waffled, but finally decided to go for the free trial. Done deal. The tone has been accurately described by others and was what I was seeking....
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    String tension: EXP77 vs EXP74. I note that the tension is a higher value on the 3rd and 4th strings in the 74 set. What is the result of the higher tension?
  5. Thread: Buying online

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    Re: Buying online

    My local music store has a decent selection of guitars; mandolins, not so much. Maybe there are 8, some of which have been on the wall for years. Outside of a major music center, like Nashville,...
  6. Thread: Wow

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    Re: Wow

    Brick, I've heard great things about Ken's mandolins, but never heard one. How would you describe his typical sound?
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    Re: Eastman mandolins

    In the first mandolin class I attended, the instructor said that there were some good Eastmans to be found, so I took a chance when one came up on the Café. It is an Eastman 615 (now 14 yrs old) that...
  8. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    I questioned the need for harmonic suppression until I started playing higher on the neck. Dissonance at G chop chord up an octave is particularly noticeable. The grommets make a difference on my...
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    No mando content; piano keyboard

    If this is too far off-topic, send me to the discard bin :redface:

    My 7yr old grandson has a "tablet" with a keyboard app, and he does a nice job of using it to play tunes. I'd like to get him a...
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    Re: Celtic session in Concord NH area?

    David Surette would know. He's a fantastic Celtic player and he leads the March Mandolin Festival Each year in Concord. He and his wife / musical partner can be found at www.burkesurette.com/.

    Or...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Frets look good. There's $300 value right thar...yessir
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    Re: Right arm tension

    Another vote for wrist action.
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    Re: Newbie Question; Vibrato

    Don't believe I've heard anyone attempting serious vibrato on mandolin. With short strings/high tension, it might be a challenge to accomplish. I've not found the topic addressed in any classes or...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    I've been lusting for a Girouard ever since I heard one about 6 years ago. Dropped into the old NH shop, unannounced; Max and Lauri couldn't have been more accommodating. Hopefully, my better half is...
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    Re: Facing the cold hard truth

    Transition from trombone isn't all that easy, either. :))
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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    Music evolves.
  17. Thread: PHC done?

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    Re: PHC done?

    Travelling "Live From Here" is in Mesa, AZ this weekend.
  18. Re: so, do any of you use a chart book when gigging?

    I've seen well-known professional players reading onstage. Classical musicians use charts, swing bands use charts. Where's the foul?
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    Re: Good old-time Tunes

    Lots of good standards on the Tabl Edit Café page under Learn/Listen. Search for Old Time.
  20. Re: How to practice strumming techniques, and strumming + singing

    I sang with an a capella group for years. Then I took up the mandolin. My playing has gradually improved to the point that I'll get up in front of an audience with some friends. I STILL haven't...
  21. Re: Advice on finding someone in my area for lessons

    Don't want to hijack the thread, but I've always been puzzled by "playing the mandolin like a guitar." What's that mean?
  22. Thread: practice rig

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    Re: practice rig

    Check Travolin. I think they're still available.

    http://www.travolin.com/Home.aspx
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    Re: Telluride streaming now through Sunday

    Saw The East Pointers (from PEI) at American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME, last August. Catch 'em if you can!
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    Re: Identifying a song.

    Kind of a groove background. It may be an intro to something, maybe not a finished song. There are a lot of
    stock musical tracks that come out of ad studios. And it might be guitar as opposed to...
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    Re: Play for free ...

    Before I picked up the mandolin, I sang with an acapella (not barbershop) group for about 10 yrs. Our first gig, unpaid, led to paid gigs as time went on. Eventually, we got connected to corporate...
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