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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    I play more 'grass than anything. Though I do lean in Jethro's direction a bit. Whether mandolin or guitar I use a pick close to 1.5 mm ….. BC's TAD 55's or 60's or a Wegan 1.5... I have used Red...
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    Re: Pickup or microphone?

    Bottom line a mic produces better tone but will not always work in the space where you are playing. A transducer will always work but if you don't buy a well made one you will have problems. I have...
  3. Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    Curt Mangan Phosphor Bronze Medium .11-.40
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    Re: Blue Chips

    Well .… I have few surviving bad habits. And those are the hard on me but cheap on my wallet ones. Currently peanut butter and crackers are leading the pack. So spending in dollars what I used to...
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    Re: D'Addrio picks?

    I will have to try them out. I have found casein picks problematic insofar as breakage and wear are concerned in the past. Perhaps this variety will wear a little better. We shall see. R/
  6. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    I'll bite. Just picked up a copy from Amazon. R/
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    Yup ... still have the worn out hat. I can't bring myself to throw it out. Stan had a fine shop. R/
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Yeah …. bottom line is that the world is full of singers that play guitar and own capos. Not to mention 'grass players that love the odd key now and again. Capo cowboys often have little or no clue...
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    Re: do many of you mix strings

    I have mixed sets for both guitar and mandolin. Fiddle and violin players are often using mixed sets. I do mix sets on my fiddles. I have yet to find a coated string I liked the feel of so I...
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    Re: is an arm rest a benefit to technique ?

    I had to put one on to defend the finish from my acidic sweat. It does slightly change your arm position. I did not notice that it took a great deal of getting used to. I have now worn the finish off...
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    Re: What case for my Kentucky KM500

    This is a good case for the money. It will defend against the normal bumps a gig bag won't. I would classify it as a good "in hand " hard case. Arch top cases are stronger but three time as...
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    Re: Banjo solos /mandolin

    The advice I have gotten is to keep it simple. Don't step on the singer or the lead instrument. Meaning don't play the same note ever or in the same register when possible. When they go down go up...
  13. Re: Nut Width for new build - how important, really

    It's all in what you are used to. But then what you are used to can change ….. it's not immutable. The shape is equally as important as the width. I have an A 5L that has a slightly different neck...
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    Re: Re fret prices?

    300.00$ to 400.00$ is a good guesstimate. Definitely go with the gold EVO fret wire. I regularly had top have my frets re-crowned at two years and replaced at four years before I started using EVO...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Another possibility would be an ivory triangle.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    I am with the people that suggested you keep it. I have both oval hole and F hole instruments in my collection. Some music need the tone of one and some the other. If you truly find yourself leaning...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    Yeah this is a common problem. Slow down, work on specific passages or a technique, change the tune you are working on. Give your brain a nudge in a different direction. Thinking too much about what...
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    Re: New to me mandolin

    You're hooked … enjoy the ride ….. R/
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    Re: Best type of string for my mandolin

    John Soper offered good advice above..... Yeah it depends on your playing style , taste in tone and instrument. Metal , gauge, coating and brand are the decisions you have you make. An online store...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Burns , Monroe, Grisman, Bush ……. each had a style of play that opened "new" music to our ears. Yes, C.T. is accomplished to a level where he could hang with any of them in their prime. I am waiting...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    One feeds the other. Ideas cross pollinate. The technique used to play plectrum instruments is going to be similar. Once you "get" strings, moving from one instrument to another becomes a little...
  22. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    Well ….. a fiddle / violin same instrument different repertoire. An old one can be nice or it can be junk , check the purfling corner blocks and the bass bar and general condition. Speak into it …....
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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    WORK …. meh.
  24. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Don Roon is correct on how to tighten the string on the post or is it capstan..... However if it stays in tune you can leave it alone. R/
  25. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    Well .… I decided years ago to spend money on Calton cases and travel with my favored instruments. I bought used cases one or two from this site from classifieds. I have successfully checked guitars...
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