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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Just dug my Gold Tone OM800+ octave mandolin out and played it this week. The strings sounded dead and lifeless. Not surprising, but I'm interested in something brighter, with more "cut" in a loud...
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    If you believe the explanation, donating them would have the opposite effect. Does your school really need some crap, unplayable guitars?
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    Re: Shubb Capo Issues

    I use a Shubb banjo capo on my OM. Works a treat for me.
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    Re: 12 string half-mandocello.

    What a fascinating thread FranticTones. I've been seeking a similar alternative, but nothing as sophisticated as what you're doing. I play in an Irish pub band, and switched from six-string guitar to...
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    Re: Gig stories...

    Wow, I can identify with so many of these things. Overbooked St. Patrick's Day weekends (I have an Irish band, so it's our time of year.), forgetting the lyrics to a song you've done a thousand...
  6. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    I have a Gold Tone, which I like pretty well. Bought it used from a friend for $300. I'm told it's equivalent quality to the Trinity College. I had my favorite luthier do a set up, which very much...
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    Re: Walmart Mandolins on Clearance!

    If this IS made by Rogue, or the same people, don't dismiss it out of hand. I have a Rogue myself, and it's jangly, but works for Irish sessions where I play. I paid $39 for it, including a gig bag...
  8. Re: Role of Octave/mandola/MCello in non classical music

    I play chords on an octave mandolin as accompaniment to Irish TRAD music, much like guitar, except it's quieter.
  9. Re: Itzhak Pealman And John Denver Playing Bluegrass

    Perlman is apparently quite versatile. A few years ago, I watched a video of him going to Poland and learning some Klezmer music. The folk musicians said his style definitely reflected his classical...
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    Re: free set up guide

    It's an excellent and very useful guide. Thanks so much, Rob!
  11. Re: First Post, First Mandolin The Loar LM-220

    Welcome to the wide world of mandolins! This forum is one of the greatest resources you can find.

    Does the store where you bought it have a luthier? If not, bring it to one somewhere, they'll...
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    Re: Just Bought 1st Mando...What Next?

    +1 on Rob Meldrum's book. You need to focus first on whether it needs a setup and this resource will help you understand your instrument much better. If it hasn't been played for a while, new strings...
  13. Re: Volume of oval vs f-hole for Irish session music

    Thanks for all the fascinating information!
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    Re: Is my neck too narrow?

    I have an old bowlback with a one inch neck width, which is comfortable for my small hands. I also play on 1 1/8 inch necks. Depends on the player.
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    Re: Im visiting Denver Colorado

    I was totally going to suggest Denver Folklore Center and Olde Town Pickn Parlor, but colorado_al beat me to it. He's right, the more interesting mandolins at Olde Town Pickin' Parlor are on the wall...
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    Re: K&K pickup distortion

    Some people have suggested a battery problem. The K&Ks I use and swear by have no preamp, and thus no battery. Does yours have a battery? Cuz starting out well and then degrading is definitely...
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    Re: Tuning for 19th Century Mandolin

    I have an old bowlback that spent quite a few years in the closet. I strung it up with the lightest strings I could find, but the neck still snapped when I got close to pitch. Regluing and adding a...
  18. Re: Needing advice about oval-hole mandolins and bandolims

    Remember that with mandolins, new does not guarantee no issues, and used does not necessarily mean "beat up." For instance, if you buy an instrument from one of our Cafe members, such as...
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    Re: Thank you Rob Meldrum

    Just received Rob's e-book, and it is outstanding! Detailed, informative, and extremely useful for anyone who has just gotten a new mandolin, or just wants to make sure their mandolin is set up to...
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    Re: Rob Meldrums' free ebook

    Just received Rob's e-book, and it is outstanding! Detailed, informative, and extremely useful for anyone who has just gotten a new mandolin, or just wants to make sure their mandolin is set up to...
  21. Re: Weber Gallatin Special Edition 2009 on eBay

    That's what I was thinking as well. Except for the part where I don't already have a Weber. :-)
  22. Re: Weber Gallatin Special Edition 2009 on eBay

    Makes a lot of sense. I didn't notice the "reserve not met" note. Cheers!
  23. Weber Gallatin Special Edition 2009 on eBay

    Interesting listing at https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Weber-Gallatin-Special-Edition-2009/202479185398?epid=84536206&hash=item2f24b32df6:g:ZuEAAOSwy2pbqkpj

    Price is $841 for a model that seems to...
  24. Re: Volume of oval vs f-hole for Irish session music

    Just curious. Dave Sheets says the f-hole will cut through the noise in a session better, but you recommend the oval hole. Can you elucidate? Thanks.
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    Thanks, that helps a lot.
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