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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    That’s a pretty little pancake, but like most, I’m just here for the existentialism.

    Thread has been up almost 24 hours, I’m a little concerned JeffD hasn’t commented....
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Hmm...looking at the current Collings A-style lineup on their site right now, it is evident that almost all of the A’s are equipped with the modified-length Gotohs you mention—with the exception of...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Ha, just noticed that I gave into the temptation to call the mando a GTO, a few posts above ;/=.
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Thanks Ray, You bring up a good point. The tuners are equal length short shafts with very little clearance between the button and the headstock at the top button in particular. It’s a little...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Musicality or musicianship? I would say musicality is intrinsic, but musicianship is learning the details that allow one to improve one”s musicality.

    Like a lot of kids of my era, I started by...
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    Re: Help with upgrade, please

    Well done Jim, I was going to chime in with my routine Eastie-500-series endorsement (I get a nickel from them each time).

    You might find the Eastman tailpiece a bit finicky for slipping the...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Thanks for the responses. I’ve concluded that the tuners are Golden Age, bright nickel/black buttons, they are exactly as shown on the S-M site. They are functional enough, I just don’t like the...
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    Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    I recently got a 2011 Collings GTO. Love the instrument but the original tuners are decidedly underwhelming—Gotohs I think? Small black buttons, hard to turn and constantly need adjustment. Just...
  9. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Hi Ranald, I tried to employ the unusual strategy on July 1 of going into Ottawa that day to avoid traffic congestion ;/=. Didn’t work cause I forgot the keys to the place I was checking on and gave...
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    Re: New Brian Dean LaBraid 10-string

    Wow....I have to look this guy up. (I spend a lot of time in Sydney.) Thanks for the pics and sound clip.
  11. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    JeffD...can’t argue with pure poetry!

    It’s really hard to guess what you will end up liking, or not, in the sub 1k range, (which is the only range I’ve ever been in, till today, bit 5hats another...
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    Re: a strange mandolin

    That bridge looks to me like it should be about 2.5cm closer to the tailpiece. There isn’t enough room, even with the short fingerboard, for comfortable picking as it is shown. Typically there...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Gibson A-9 is a pretty good buy and in your price range. Has the advantage of modern feel, which to me means firstly a radiused fingerboard, truss rod, and not the maintenance responsibilities of a...
  14. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    Well Mr Redbeard, if you’re interested in the thoughts of a bearded old forestry tech/mando guy, I think you’re onto something when you consider the mid-range Eastmans. A body/f-holes: The 505 is a...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Oliver Apitius makes some A’s. I Haven’t had the pleasure...has anyone else? They’re in your range I’d say.
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    I would submit that there’s something significant missing in your assessment process.

    How does it play? How does it feel and sound? That is what matters.

    If you haven’t learned to play yet,...
  17. Re: Its All Over Now Baby Blue on Octave Mando

    As I threatened, here’s my version of Andy Irvine’s classic “O’Donaghue’s”. I got obsessed with this song, and the life it portrays, after seeing Andy perform it in Louisbourg NS last summer. I...
  18. Re: Its All Over Now Baby Blue on Octave Mando

    Thanks! I’ve been listening a lot to Andy Irvine, the master of melodic bouzouki accompaniment. In fact I recorded one of his songs recently on youtube, I’ll post the link shortly.

    It’s always...
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Thanks for your contributions, Phil. Best wishes from Canada.
  20. Its All Over Now Baby Blue on Octave Mando

    Lately I’ve been working up more and more of my repertoire on the octave mando, switching songs from guitar and tenor banjo backup. It’s a stock Trinity College which I’ve beeen neglecting for...
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    My 5.05 cents: The difference between Eastman numbers is not “bling”—Eastman don’t do bling. It is very quantifiable hardware, finish and wood selection, plus available additional features that start...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    Picking techniques to pursue...
    Make a habit of, instead of playing simple open-string notes, playing the same notes as unisons (7th fret and open string, played across two courses), whenever the...
  23. Re: Can anyone please share some thoughts on the Eastman MD515CC?

    If you prefer the scroll and can afford to indulge in it in the first place, go ahead. The extra price is reflected in the resale value should you come to that later.

    I finally upgraded the...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    What year and what kind of strings?

    I’m somewhat startled by this. Never seen a separation like that on an Eastman. My 2009 505 has been with me over 10 years, rather casually cared for, spends...
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    Re: tunes for electric mandolin

    For that good ol’ Celtic Rock groove...mandostrat with auto-wah, slight delay and not sure what else...
    https://youtu.be/fiWvXpIQdKk
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