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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    I just use my Mandolin Café Coffee cup.
  2. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    Only if they Break...

    Seriously I always change them all because:
    The G string seems to be the first to lose good tone.
    Single strings are expensive enough that it doesn't save much money.
    The...
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    Re: Mandolin and Banjo duets

    Can't get a link to work, but try

    Bright Munde Sessions on Youtube. Good fun.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgCOi6rpUE8
  4. Thread: Blue Chips

    by OlDanTucker
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    Re: Blue Chips

    Blue Chips for Gigs and Home use. Maybe small jams. Primetone's for festivals, anywhere that's dark, or has a slatted deck.

    https://youtu.be/LB23c_7nlS8

    "What would you do for your blue chip...
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    Re: Happened to you?

    Many years ago I bought a Yamaha PA from a friend who had acquired it from a gentleman we both knew who had passed away. The friend told me that several times he had set up the PA and heard his...
  6. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Yes Dolly is a genius, and yes it's just a couple of weeks, and yes, there are other services, and yes, I'm more irritated by the fact it seems every online transaction is a rip off, not just Sirius...
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    Re: Eastman 315 MD & Loar LM-520

    Let's see. what it the Café Litany on this subject.

    1) You can get a lot better mandolin for your dollar with a A style.
    2) Play a bunch and pick the one you like the best. don't listen to any...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    First Mando -- Old no name bowl back my grandfather got in the 30's.
    Then borrowed mandolins from various people for years. Everything from Michael Kelly to Gibsons.
    got hired to play Mando with...
  9. Re: Jams and "traditional" bluegrass in Austin, Texas

    I've lived in the Austin area for about 10 years now. Jamming the whole time. Yes, it's confusing. Lot's of really talented pro's who are always working. Lots of beginners. It's hard to find a...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    While I am not an adherent to the "beater" theory here in Texas its not a bad idea to keep the best instrument indoors. For this purpose I have an Eastman 515 that I've played for about 10 years....
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    Re: Abramusic Mandolin

    Or Dr. Suess...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    So I had a Polytune for years on my guitar. Loved it. It didn't get used much on the mandolin because it was kind of large to leave on all the time. But then the screw that held the tuner on the...
  13. Thread: Ellis A5?

    by OlDanTucker
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    Re: Ellis A5?

    Of Course, try a bunch of different things. Allow me to muddy the waters even further...

    The Satin Pava F new is running just under $5K. Its as close as you get to an Ellis without the name.
    ...
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    Re: Mandolin Try-out Etiquette

    I can't count the number of times I've admired someone's $10,000+ mandolin and have them just hand it to me. Some have been professionals. Kind of freaks me out and I'm afraid to play much. I don't...
  15. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    My Wife and I have a vocal/instrumental duo. When we met Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen I was very interested in how they worked together as a couple. Cindy said: " We don't rehearse. We record. ...
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    Re: Breaking in a brand new mandolin

    It's been said. Play it.
    I have no experience with the vibration enhancement devices, but I did try leaning a guitar on a speaker many years ago. It fell over which did not improve it's sonic...
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    Re: Mandolin Secutity

    I had a break in at a house we lived in about 10 years ago. Took microphones, some PA stuff, a laptop, but largely left my instruments alone. They took my wife's harmonicas. (Yuck, used harmonicas)...
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    Re: New Bridge?

    Best Way to Spend $75 on a mandolin, most to least effective.
    1) Professional Setup
    2) Lessons
    3) Blue Chip Pick and an Arm Rest
    4) Tone Guard
    5) Put $75 per month in Upgrade Account. In a...
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    Re: Went to my first Blue Grass jam

    + for 3 finger Chords.
    Also, when I first started going to BG jams I didn't know a lot of songs. Bought a small hand held recorder and took it to the jam and would record each song (as a separate...
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    Re: what strings should I use?

    So I would get a few sets and change them out every month and see what you like. Or you will be more confused than ever trying to remember what strings sounded better two months ago. But at least...
  21. Re: String quality on used instruments in stores?

    One day I dropped into the local Big Box Store featuring Guitars which shall go unnamed. They had maybe 6 mandolins in various stages of disrepair. I could tell there were one or two which would...
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    Re: another "flying with my mandolin" thread

    Just got back from Florida where I brought my mandolin and have done so many times and never had a problem. But flying out of Austin on Southwest half the plane is people carrying instruments so it's...
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    Re: The "Beater": Yes or No

    Don't like the concept of a "beater" but like the idea of having backup instrument.
    When I got my Pava the Eastman 515 became backup. In Texas I would worry about subjecting handmade instrument to...
  24. Re: Found my Bluechip pick after about 3 months M.I.A

    What would you do for your Blue Chip Pick?

    https://youtu.be/LB23c_7nlS8
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    Re: Always put your instrument in its case...

    I know the feeling. Usually after getting smoked in a jam by some 14 year old.
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