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  1. Re: Does anyone like the new green blue chip picks?

    I always look forward to the 04-01 greetings from The Café. As usual another "tasty" entry.
  2. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    As is the case DK gives good advice. For me shifting always comes down to what all comes next. Then if / when I shift positions I try to get everything I can before I shift again. Check your setup....
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    Well... do forty year old D18 Martins sound like brand new D18's? What I am curious about is how good will a new Gilchrist or Nugget sound in ninety years. Yeah time and playing changes the tone of a...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    I've often wondered if a microwave minute was different than a treadmill minute. R/
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    Re: Good resources to learn arpeggios

    With an instrument tuned in fifths the arpeggio pattern is always the same. Practice starting arpeggios on each finger. Work them in the I IV V VIm patterns relative to the Key. Then start practicing...
  6. Re: Stressful Times: Bringing New 'E' Up To Tune!

    Well .… I definitely want to "duck" and I do it slowly. The G string on a guitar does the same thing to me too...… go figure. I expect an engineer to give us a numbered answer. R/
  7. Re: String suggestion for Flatiron Performer/Festival series

    There's a bundle of options. Between material, gauge, type and manufacturer the search for perfect could take years. We all have a favorite … mine is Curt Mangan phosphor bronze .11 - .40. Those...
  8. Re: Changing strings--winding and leaving?

    Yeah Dillion that's the way I have been doing it for decades other than adding a capo to act as a third hand. R/
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    Re: When You First . . .

    I listened to Bush and Grisman.... OAOTW and NGR.... It was a decade before I started to "get" what all was going on. Remember it was the late 70's ….. LP's and cassettes were what was available. The...
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    Re: D'Addario picks?

    Well ... I am always interested in tone. I ordered a pair from Sweetwater. We shall see. R/
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    Re: Happy Birthday Norman Blake

    Happy Birthday Mr. B. Thanks for all the excellent music. R/
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    Re: On Being Mugged

    Well … my cat does not drink coffee or do dishes so it really isn't a problem. He always lets me buy instruments too....
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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...
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    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/
  18. 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...
  25. 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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