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  1. Thread: Speed

    by Richard Mott
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    Re: Speed

    With all due respect to contrary opinions expressed here, I think that atsunrise’s tremelo video is dead-on. It recognizes that we tend to increase right-hand speed not linearly but by doubling (or...
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    Re: Why "The"?

    I think as others have alluded, it’s a choice for emphasis. I think back in the day of Orville Gibson, it was an effort to make Gibson sound a little grander. The pinnacle. It’s a type of usage...
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    Re: No to cookie cutter mandolins

    I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about precisely this question. In one respect, working with as many different materials and designs as possible will give you a broader understanding of mandolin...
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    Re: Mandolin of MAS Destruction?

    Back in 2011, I played a Gilchrist for the first time, and a friend asked me how it compared to my then-current instrument. I told him: louder, more even, clearer trebles, fuller bass, easier to...
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    What a fabulous recording! For anyone interested, here's the link: http://www.gilchristmandolins.com/274
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    Dear Jim Fox, great to see your post on here. I am sure you will not remember, but about 12 years ago you were kind enough to take my phone call about Steve Gilchrist's archtops, as I was thinking...
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    Re: Tone bar vs X braced

    The tone-bar versus x-braced difference seems to be an "all other things being equal" kind of difference--although things are rarely equal, certainly not across builders or different wood...
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    Re: Gilchrist Archtops

    And Billy, your Gilchrist story is far from too allegorical. I'm guessing that was one of Steve's early archtops, quite possibly a 17" as he built a few of those back then. I think he exclusively...
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    Re: Hole type ?

    Yes, there is quite a pronounced tonal difference between oval-hole and f-hole mandolins, but it derives in large part from the fact that the oval hole is situated right in the middle of the...
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    Re: Monteleone Grand Artist

    Beautiful melody!
  11. Re: reflections - Thile at the Kennedy Center

    I was there too and completely concur. Some of the Punch Brothers' material was unbelievable, and I'm With Her was, as Thile noted, angelic harmonies. Their rendition of John Hiatt's 'Crossing...
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    Re: Upgrade regret?

    I've owned basically four instruments, each an "upgrade" from the prior, and I've never regretted a single one. I was ready to replace the first after just a couple of years, the next after four,...
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    Re: Science of Sound?

    This topic has generated a surprising amount of pushback--surprising because it appears to strike a nerve no one knew existed; also since it is undeniable that wood's physical properties change over...
  14. Re: How do you justify a high end mandolin? Or do you?

    Hi Chris--2 Cents from a guitar player: not talented, played for decades, had a very good instrument, but after my name finally came up on Steve Gilchrist's list for an archtop, I waited a bit longer...
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    Re: "Opening Up With Time"

    So there are two questions here: the first is whether an instrument's tone changes significantly over time, and the second is, if so, what are the physics behind those changes?

    With respect to the...
  16. Re: How a mandolin changes with age? New vs middle age

    Hi K0k0peli--You asked:

    * How do various instrument-making woods change?
    * What are the changes of woods in different environments, different humidities, different chemistries?
    * Can these...
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    Re: Can you talk me off the MAS ledge?

    I think it's fine to wait. But as a guitar player (potential disqualification) I've noted a couple things as I've gone through the process of acquiring--and then moving beyond--several fine...
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