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    Some new backing tracks

    Hi, everybody. I started a blog when I was preparing for some flatpick and mandolin contests years ago, to share the tools I was using to practice. I recorded a lot of backing tracks to practice...
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    Kudos to our administrators and moderators

    The administrators and moderators of fora like this have a thankless job. They have to deal with all of the difficult people in the community. And no matter what call they make in a difficult case,...
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    Re: Andy Statman recovering

    I hesitated to contact Andy until today as I figured he was in no shape to have other distractions but I'm happy to report I just contacted him and heard back almost immediately with positive news.
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  4. First Video of The Mandolin Store new location

    Just received from Dennis.



    ... there's an Eastman El Rey in there!
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    Thank you, Eastman

    On Saturday (three days ago) I unpacked a five year old Eastman mandola that I purchased used. Tuning it up, I noticed a problem with the bridge saddle intonation cuts. Saturday night I contacted...
  6. Thread: For John Prine

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    For John Prine

    Joanie has still got it!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJPvc5vvKY4
  7. Re: I canít play mandolin -no, Iím telling you.

    "Well,the world needs ditch diggers too."
    Judge Smails.
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    In looking at this a question was asked, a question was answered and a discussion has ensued that has little to do with this forum. Let's keep the Cafe as the place you can go without the political...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    I think it is time to close this thread as we have clearly wandered into politics.

    I don't care if people pretend to be experts about mandolins here, but the people posting medical claims and now...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    The flu is manageable as there are vaccines, medications, and some built up immunity in strong, healthy individuals. Corona is like the flu 100 years ago - unknown impact and duration and until they...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Statements of fact about the future are never wise IME, especially when the data is far from settled.

    I'd rather be careful and wrong than ignore it and be wrong.

    Given it's about to be spring...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    As you are a long-time piano player and can read standard notation efficiently, you will quite quickly learn the notes on the mandolin, I'm sure.

    Start with the four open strings - G,D,A,E and...
  13. Re: Flatiron Pancake v. Sawchyn Beavertail v. Poe Scout

    I havent played an oval flattop so I can't tell you the difference, but this is what it sounds like when I play the hobo.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A3x9YwqlJ5c
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    My favored approach involves placing the string loop over the peg in the tailpiece, then stretching it under light hand tension, straight over the bridge and nut, and winding it several times (2-4)...
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    Re: Strap installation question

    No need to cut it. Slide the end of the closed loop under the strings from the treble side to the bass side. Then pass the other end of the strap thru that loop and take up the slack. Hopefully you...
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    Re: Strap installation question

    If you run the loop up under the strings at the nut you can put the other end of the strap through the loop.
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    Re: Strap installation question

    If you don't want to modify the strap it seems like the thing to do is tie something else around the mando and tie that the the loop on the strap. Maybe the Souldier folks have a more appropriate...
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    NMD Sawchyn Hobo Flat top

    Hi everybody, new member here. I started playing the mandolin about a year ago after playing bass since I was a teenager. I spent that year playing on a hundred dollar Chinese F style. It was...
  19. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    I have large hands, wear XL or XXL gloves. I started on a 1 3/32" nut mandolin, I was moving from guitar and it pretty much went fine. I had to be very careful with my G chop chord so as not to mute...
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    As Br1ck has stated, the approach to fingerboard is different. If you're trying to play using the ends of your finger like you do on guitar you're going to have to adjust. If it makes sense your...
  21. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Going from guitar to mandolin, they are going to feel really small.
    String tension can feel higher, so itíll feel more comfortable with the action set low.
    Iím not sure of your proficiency with...
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    Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Some necks are deeper at the same nut width. Some like the extra depth, others don't. As was said this won't be your last mandolin so if you feel the depth is better for you to start then by all...
  23. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Well - mando necks ARE tiny! Just think small.
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    Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Itís been said a lot here that the mandolin you start with wonít be the one you end up with. Iím living proof of that myself. The Eastman 305 is a quality instrument and the nut width isnít...
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    Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    If you don't like tiny necks, and you already play guitar, I suggest you look at some of the old Gibson oval hole mandolins. The plainer models made in the 1910's have nice, ample necks, and can be...
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