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    Re: D'Addario Flatwound Guitar Strings

    They are very appropriate for other string instruments. The EFW74 flatwound mandolin strings were essentially borne out of the D’Addario Chromes line. They were just shortened and combined in a set...
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    Re: TI strings

    Because they’re constructed very similar to TI mandolin strings. All violins strings that I know of are flatwound.
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    Re: TI strings

    I’ve always believed the silk wrappings are responsible for the tuning stability of TI strings.
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    Re: About my pick grip

    I’ve never believed there is any “right” or “wrong” way to hold the pick. Just use whatever is the most efficient way to get the tone and speed you are trying to achieve. While I see lots of great...
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    Re: Thinking I might have to do a speed neck

    I had the same hesitation with my J Bovier. The figure on the neck is beautiful. I didn’t want to lose that. However, the sticking to the neck was driving me crazy so I did it. Best thing I ever did...
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    Re: TI strings

    TI flatwounds are a whole different animal when it comes to being old. I would never consider using a set of used bronze strings for backup, but flatwound strings don't oxidize like bronze so the...
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    Re: TI strings

    I haven't read through all of the posts but I wanted to mention my experience with TI's. While the subject of cost inevitably comes up when discussing Thomastik, one thing that you need to remember...
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    Re: Making an Eastman Sing

    This is so true. I was fortunate enough to be on the list for both of the Travelling Pick Samplers. As anyone who has been part of that will agree, it is pretty cool to sit for hours and try dozens...
  9. Re: 2001 Flatiron Festival F - Add a radiused fretboard?

    I had the same experience with fret size. I had a Kentucky KM-850 for nearly 17 years. When the time came for a re-fret I was talked into larger, guitar frets. I was amazed at how much easier it was...
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    Re: Toning down a bright instrument

    Keep in mind it will only tone down the brightness of the wound strings. If the mandolins' tone is bright overall, flatwound strings won't help the unwound strings. Also, a softer tone pick, such as...
  11. Thread: V-picks

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    Re: V-picks

    I see this over and over again in Blue Chip threads. People that spent two or three thousand dollars on a mandolin complaining about $35 for a pick. Be glad you don't play a quality violin. Top...
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    Re: V-picks

    The difference between Blue Chip and V-Picks is night and day. Blue Chip has about the smoothest edge surface I have ever seen on a pick, while the V-Picks are very rough and inconsistent. Same with...
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    Re: V-picks

    I have tried several models of V-Picks. They are one of the noisiest picks I have ever used. There are some qualities about them I like, but they not only are very scratchy-sounding, in my opinion,...
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    Re: The Pointless Mandolin

    Aren’t A5’s already “pointless”? Anyway, it’s hard to tell how it really sounds. It seems loud but it’s obviously a very reverberant room, which can contribute to the illusion of volume. Doesn’t seem...
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    Re: Gravity Pick Gold Series

    This is the shape, size and thickness I have used for years, so it is definitely a fair comparison. This is the only Gold Series I have tried but have tried many of the acrylic type in several...
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    Re: Grommets

    I bought some from a hardware store once, thinking they would work. However, they were a bit too large and too stiff. These from Elderly are the right thing for mandolin.
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  17. Re: Classical on an A-style Kentucky Mandolin?

    If it is the tone of the accompanying music examples that you are trying to achieve, then I would be willing to bet the player in the examples is using a bowlback with flatwound strings. That's what...
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    Re: Considering a Blue Chip Pick?

    The bevel makes such a huge difference. I don’t like the brightness and hard edge it gives the tone. I only use picks with a rounded edge.
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    Re: Flatwound mandolin strings

    When I started using them in 1998 they were around $17.50. I thought that was a lot!!

    I stopped using them when they were over $40.
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    Re: Flatwound mandolin strings

    I always take that for granted until I play someone else’s mandolin. The screech from the windings drives me crazy.

    Love flatwounds!!
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    Re: Flatwound mandolin strings

    Yes, I stopped using TI for the same reason. Even only changing them once a year, I couldn’t justify the cost. That, and the fact that D’Addario came out with their flatwounds, which are more suited...
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    Re: Would it be a dumb move?

    Bad move. The 505 is one of Kentucky’s better models. I have yet to play a decent MK. I’ve played four of them. None were even close to decent. The desire for a F5 should not come at the expense of...
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    Re: Considering a Blue Chip Pick?

    The choices in picks and pick material is greater than it ever has been and that’s a good thing. I love to experiment with different materials and shapes. Concerning the money part of it, before Blue...
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    Re: Flatwound mandolin strings

    I used Thomastik for about 10 or so years and they would be on the mandolin between 1 to 1-1/2 years depending on how many gigs I had that year. Concerning the weight, it’s not that heavy is medium...
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    Re: Flatwound mandolin strings

    There have been a lot of responses to the OPs question about flatwound strings by suggesting the D’Addario FT74. Whether you like those strings or not is a personal preference (I personally hated...
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