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    Re: Any experience with Gatti mandolins?

    Thanks Corrado, I have to go to Milan sometimes on business and may try to check him out next time I'm in the area.

    All I have from Massimo so far is one of his plaited leather mandolin straps.
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    Heh.
    well, it seems nobody else experiences this, so maybe it's in my head.

    I noticed it again at a village hall ceilidh gig last night.

    No alcohol was taken by me or any of the band. And...
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    When a mandolin tunes itself

    After reading all the mandolin-tuning threads (No complaint from me about that, it's a big and very common topic - even Chris Thile was fiddling with his A-string in concert last week) I want to...
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    Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Aidan,

    Your efforts have been very useful, not just that, but inspiring.

    It's just a fact that, since the age of recording started over 100 years ago, and the print distribution of notation and...
  5. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    Bring your best one.
    The better you can hear yourself, the happier you will be.
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    Re: Easiest to learn DAW

    That's kinda depressing, and puts me off, since I don't know how much spare time I'm going to have available to play with these things
    Video editors are about the same..

    Every query for one of...
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    Re: New to me Collings MT

    What is "GC"?
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    Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    At the amazing Chris Thile concert in Glasgow last night, he tuned a few times.

    "Bill Monroe said, 'No A-strings went to heaven'" he claimed at one point.

    A lot of times even with an...
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    According to WikiP:
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    All the city parking in Aberdeen now, and most Scottish cities, is paid through an app. You don't really need to go near the meter. The app sends you an SMS when your time is running out and offers a...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    Back in 1979, I had arrived back in Australia with a new Scottish girlfriend in tow and seriously broke.

    I ran into a friend of a friend who used to play Hendrix-wannabe Strat stuff with my...
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    Re: A Mandolin at the Opera

    Nice oval-hole Levin.
  13. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    None of the pipe music I've read has key signatures but it assumes two sharps as if you're playing in D. Even when you're playing in A. Then you have a flattened 7th.
  14. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    An interesting question about starting at 65.
    I'm surrounded by fiddlers and fiddle teachers, it seems, in NE Scotland but have always shied away from trying it.

    My dear late wife had made it...
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    I don't think you'll regret it.
    I still dip into mine 47 years later.
    It covers a satisfyingly wide range of simple to challenging material very well.
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    I got mine in 1975 or 6. The plastic disc never lasted long and the front cover is long gone.
    I'd wager that more players , not just bluegrass, learned off that book than any other single book over...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    The main session pubs in Aberdeen are close to the uni, and we always seem to get an infusion of new young musicians (one of these many years ago was Jarlath Henderson, who was already making a name...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Exactly.
    And if you want your session pub to continue hosting sessions, no better way than to provide music that keeps the good atmosphere going.
  19. Thread: Road Trip Part II

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    Re: Road Trip Part II

    Wow! Really?
    I've got an 815v that I bought from Eagle Music in Huddersfield, UK in December 2020.
    They still offer them:...
  20. Re: Generosity - or "The Giving Hand Never Falters"...

    Now, Aidan, to come at it from the opposite direction ...

    My wife and I were watching Christy Moore at the Music Hall in Aberdeen some years ago, nowhere near the front, but up the back and up on...
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    Re: Brendan Gleeson plays a vintage Gibson

    One of the few tunes Barney McKenna would play on mandolin in concert back when you didn't hear mandolin so much in Irish groups.
  22. Thread: DolinmanX

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    Re: DolinmanX

    Or Red Wing? Which in turn seemed to take something from Swedish gånglåts.
  23. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    In the UK, an 815v is now about US$1000 more than a 515v so it is quite a difference here.
    Bear in mind that I was buying an untried instrument during lockdown and had enough spare cash, so I wanted...
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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    I've got a MusicNomad blue winder which I prefer to the types shown in the top post.
    Less fiddly to put over the knobs and doesn't slip off so easily.
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  25. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    I've got an 815v.
    Really good tone mostly (I find the e string a bit thin sounding) . Adirondack top I believe.

    I rubbed the back of the neck with fine sandpaper a bit to make it easier for me to...
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