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    Re: Bouzouki with extremely high action

    Did the repair person say why they couldn't do anything? If it's a neck angle problem, I would not use heavier strings.
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    Re: Added a new Loar to my collection

    I always wanted a 60's Gibson 125 but they're just too expensive for me. I bought a Loar LH302t copy a while back and I've been very happy with it. A lot of value in those guitars.
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    Re: Boston-area repair people and luthiers

    I would highly recommend Bill Tippin in Marblehead, though you would definitely need a car to get there. Jon Mouradian in Wilmington is also excellent but again, car.
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    I have no experience with Peghead, but if you have some basic chops on the mandolin, you probably couldn't do better than lessons with Marla Fibish. Having said that, the OAIM has some great...
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    As bad as Greater Boston traffic is, the public transportation system has become an expensive, unpredictable nightmare. I would avoid it, especially if you're pressed for time. The Music Emporium...
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    If you want to see mandolins, I don't think there's anything much in Boston or Cambridge anymore. The Music Emporium, somewhat west of Cambridge in Lexington is fabulous but I wouldn't call it...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    If things get really desperate, you could always rehearse.
  8. Re: Swedish Christmas Youtubes. Moller, Tallroth etc.

    Seeing this for the first time. Really wonderful stuff. Thanks, Dagger...you turned me on to Titi Robin as well.
  9. Thread: Back in action

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    Re: Back in action

    Delighted to see you back here and to know you're playing again Aidan. Your Pay The Reckoning project was very helpful to me hearing a variety of "Celtic" style players which were not always easy to...
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    The place I've been teaching offers a free initial trial lesson. See about that if you can. As others have implied, be specific to both the teacher and yourself what you want to do. Ask questions....
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    Re: 18" scale mandola/tenor leads

    Richard Beard is a US builder.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musical-Instrument-Store/Beard-Instruments-209431466155662/
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    The fact that they all have a different feel is a major reason to own more than one instrument, in my opinion. I've been in situations where a wide neck is great for some things and a narrow neck is...
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    Re: Where to buy Bouzouki online?

    You might have better luck posting this in the CBOM section (Cittern Bouzouki Octave Mandola) section. Are you specifically interested in Greek music? There are Irish bouzoukis,which are...
  14. Re: -If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    A large body Sobell with Cedar over Rosewood.
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    Re: Kevin O'Brien mandolin

    Those guys are fantastic.
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    Re: Short-neck oval A models?

    Bill Busmann/Old Wave Mandolins
  17. Thread: Buying online

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    Re: Buying online

    Hi Jeff, I might not agree with your point of view but I really appreciate the friendly tone of your response. Thank you for that and all the best to you.
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    Re: Buying online

    Not that it applies here, but I will repeat a story I have told before on this forum. When I was working at a vintage guitar shop, it was about the time the internet took hold and became fully...
  19. Re: Inexpensive Mandolin with longer scale length and wide nut wi

    Make sure you're using the correct mandolin fingering system of 2 notes per finger. If you try to play it like a little guitar, you'll go crazy.
    http://www.nigelgatherer.com/mando/tut1/tut6.html
  20. Re: Heads up - My Tune-A-Week project over in the Videos subforum

    Really good...nice bounce in the rhythm. That mandolin really sounds fabulous.
  21. Re: Beginner Seeking Advice - Guitar or Octave Mandolin?

    If your primary need is for song accompaniment, there's a reason most singer/songwriters play guitar. It's usually the best tool for that job. Consider that it's going to be easier and cheaper to...
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    Re: Snark vs Korg chromatic tuner

    The battery life complaint seems to be a huge variable. I own a lot of Snarks and use them often. I have one in my teaching studio that I use multiple times every day. The batteries in all of mine...
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    Re: oval hole tops?

    Not all arched tops are carved. What specs are you referencing?
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    Re: Snark vs Korg chromatic tuner

    That's a problem but I wouldn't call it damage. I tighten a small zip tie around the receptacle for the ball joint as those can break easily.That will sometimes repair a broken one if only one tab...
  25. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    RIP Alec Finn

    Sad news today about the passing of Alec Finn. Truly a giant in our little corner of the world.

    https://www.rte.ie/culture/2018/1116/1011338-de-dannann-co-founder-alec-finn-dies-aged-74/
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