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    Re: My prim tamburitza arrived

    Here is my most recent recording with the bisernica as well as a kantele I built from a kit.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7AvHq3BgzM
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    Re: Who was the first American mandolin manufacturer?

    I finished reading El Norte by the way, a good read all in all. No mention of mandolins in it though sadly.
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    Re: Scrolltastic 30s Oddball Mandolin

    I think it is a tamburitza inspired mandolin, and mandolins themselves are found in Balkan music. Here is my bisernica tamburitza with the similar soundhole style:178085
  4. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Gibson owns Kramer and Kramer makes Stratocaster copies under the Kramer Focus model (except for slightly different headstock). They're guilty of the same thing they're accusing other companies of.
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    Re: I built a colascione!

    What is the scale length and tuning? Very cool indeed!
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    Re: Roanoke, VA jams, pickers, etc.

    The Floyd Country Store has a jam: https://www.floydcountrystore.com/music/sunday-music-jam
  7. Re: Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel - with mando

    A mando-themed interview would be an interesting read for sure.
  8. Thread: Bouzouki help

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    Re: Bouzouki help

    Are you tuning it in the Greek style of CFAD or in Irish bouzouki GDAD tuning? CFAD tuning is the same as the four highest pitched strings on a guitar except a whole step down, so you might rather...
  9. Thread: tablature

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    Re: tablature

    Hmm interesting, I'll have to add it to my reading list. I'll tinker around with the tuning and see if EADF#BE or similar works.
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    Re: So...what would you do with an octave mando?

    I think octave mandolin is well suited for playing solo. I tend to play slower pieces as well on it, that seems to be where it especially shines. Faster pieces sound fine though as well. In some ways...
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    Re: Irish Bouzouki as first stringed instrument?

    I have a factory blem Gold Tone octave mandolin as well (probably a sibling to yours), it should definitely be able to serve as an Irish bouzouki no problem. If that's what you want to play, I say go...
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    Re: Can I switch to mandolin

    I think the conceptual understanding of how fretted stringed instruments work will help, as will the dexterity gained from doing finger gymnastics while playing guitar/uke that a nonplayer wouldn't...
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    Re: Playing a slippery bowlback...

    Cafe user Tavy made a how-to video for this that I found helpful when I was starting on bowlback:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlnUGKXjWJE&
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    Re: Old Alvarez vs newer Loar LM600

    Do you know where the owner of the Loar got it from? If it was never set up, that would add some extra cost to getting to the same playability level as the Alvarez. Did Alvarez owner gig/jam with it...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    You're asking the wrong crowd here. It's always nice to have two instruments anyway, one as a backup for when the other is in the shop for a setup or you break a string mid-performance and so forth....
  16. Re: Getting started with classical/balkan in central US?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ0bt9nTXjg
  17. Re: Getting started with classical/balkan in central US?

    If you want to branch out into tamburitza instruments to further explore Balkan music, they can be had fairly cheaply as well. My bisernica was about $200 and is a nice luthier-made instrument.
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  18. Re: Role of Octave/mandola/MCello in non classical music

    One thing it is good for is any time you wish a 12 string guitar was easier to play melodically. Greek bouzouki is also good for that though.
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    Re: Mandolins at Guitar Center Geldora Ca.

    The GC down the road from me has the mandolins on the highest row on the wall far out of reach without a ladder, so I've never even touched them. All my mandolins have come from various online...
  20. Thread: 12 string mando?

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    Re: 12 string mando?

    It looks like a mandriola, four courses of three strings and tuned GDAE. He could string it with just 8 strings like an ordinary mandolin though just fine if the 12 is too much.
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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    I've been really happy with my Fender Acoustasonic 150. 2x8 speakers, light as a feather, plenty of volume if you need it but sounds good turned low, good sound, can handle magnetic pickups and...
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    Re: Short scale 6 string to tenor...

    For GDAE you can use the tab archive right here, plenty of stuff to learn: https://www.mandolincafe.com/tabarc.html The waltzes/airs, slow tunes in 4/4, Scottish tunes, and early/classical sections...
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    Re: Tuning for 19th Century Mandolin

    I keep one of my mandolins tuned a whole step down to FCGD; it sounds and plays fine so you can always try that with the .009s and see how it handles that.
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    Re: Newbie confession and cry for help

    Welcome to the Cafe Larry, I grew up in Blacksburg and my parents still live there. You might check out http://emando.com/shop/index.htm as another option for strings.
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    Re: Not much of a mando culture in my area

    I've had some luck converting local friends to mandolin family instruments. Lots of my friends have been playing guitar for decades and are curious to branch out. Preaching to the choir, but mandolin...
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