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  1. Re: Where in Minneapolis to get pickup installed

    Thanks. Now that you mentioned, I've heard Hoffman being mentioned before.
  2. Where in Minneapolis to get pickup installed

    I need a pickup installed in my Weber oval hole mandolin. What shop should I take it to in the MSP area?
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    Re: The UPS Man Brought Me a Present

    As soon as I get it hooked to an amp and have a chance, I will.
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    Re: The UPS Man Brought Me a Present

    It looks like it's going to be offered on a longer-term basis. They're currently up on the regular site for $599.

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    So, you're one of the 60 or so odd folks like me that...
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    The UPS Man Brought Me a Present

    I don't believe in Santa Claus, but that's OK, because I *do* believe in the UPS guy and he brought me a present today. My new Eastwood semi-hollow tenor. Still need to dig out an amp to see how it...
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    Re: tuning a mandola up a half step

    What gauges did you use for the DAEB setup? I've been thinking of getting a mandola specifically to tune it DAEB since I mostly play Irish trad.
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    Re: Mandocello Builder Feedback

    I play a Weber Gallatin F and love it. Don't have many others to compare to, but really happy with my choice.
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    Re: Love for Guitars/Guitarists

    The person who pushed me hardest to "learn the tunes first" was Dáithí. I took DADGAD guitar lessons from him for a while and it became clear just how nuanced his approach is (and how in over my head...
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    Re: Love for Guitars/Guitarists

    I completely understand. I also play wooden spoons and other folk percussion. I'd NEVER bring those to an Irish session, though the Irish band I'm in does utilize my playing of those in a few spots....
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    Re: Love for Guitars/Guitarists

    There are a few reasons that contribute to the attitude you're noting.

    First is that, while bad players of all sorts bug people, it's really rare for someone with only 3 months of playing...
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    Re: Introduction to Celtic Music

    Agree on the waltzes, marches and O'Carolan. Can't say I've heard a single mazurka played at any Irish music events/gatherings I've been at in the last few years, but mazurkas are fun anyway.
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    Re: Introduction to Celtic Music

    I forgot to include hornpipes and waltzes in my list and, you're right, both are quite a bit easier to play than reels. In fact, lots of reels, if you slow them down a bit and change the rhythm,...
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    Re: Introduction to Celtic Music

    Something that I rarely see mentioned in discussions of starting with Irish/Scottish music is which *kinds* of tunes to start with. Personally (I can only speak for myself), different tune types are...
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    Re: Most well known Irish tunes

    I personally shy away from the most popular songs because of how incredibly over-done they are. It's reached a point where, when an Irish band puts out an album, I can usually guess 80% of the songs...
  15. Re: Who Likes Non-Traditional COLORS on their Mandos?

    I often feel the odd man out in my dislike of the traditional tobacco sunburst finish that everyone else seems to like. I love seeing non-traditional finishes/colors (though I do still love...
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    Re: best kids starter mando

    I bought one of those cheap Kentucky's to keep in my office and have been surprisingly happy with it. I had it set up well (was crap out of the box) and it serves me really well for practice breaks...
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    Re: Mandocello - options..?

    Even if the Eastman was the exact right choice, you might find yourself waiting for a long time. Lots of places mention that they "carry" them, but no one ever seems to have them in stock. When I was...
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    Re: Playing Irish Grass Style

    Back when I first decided I wanted to get into Irish music, I took some guitar lessons with Dáithí Sproule. One of the first things he told me was that if you're going to accompany Irish tunes on a...
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    Re: Looking for purchasing a mandocello

    I have a Gallatin F mandocello as well. I love it. Sad to see (for you) the price has jumped $1000 since I bought mine. I got it from the same store about a year ago.
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    Re: DAEB Tuning/Strings/Tension

    If I can't do it safely, I'll just stick with the capo strategy. It just seems strange to me to use a capo 100% of the time.
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    DAEB Tuning/Strings/Tension

    I regularly play my mandocello with a capo at the 2nd fret for Irish music. I've grown to really like the resulting DAEB tuning for playing those tunes. I'd like to get a tenor guitar to get a bit...
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    Re: The Princess Royal and Tuamgraney Castle

    Thanks for the clarification. I pretty much took the attribution as it was written on what I was handed. Should have looked into its history more.
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    The Princess Royal and Tuamgraney Castle

    The Irish ensemble I play with recently added these 2 tunes to our repertoire as a set and I find myself enjoying playing them immensely. The first is actually an O'Carolan tune that makes me think...
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    Re: Learning Bass Clef

    I, too, actually started with the piano. Took 8 years of lessons as a kid, but my last piano lesson was 20+ years ago.
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    Learning Bass Clef

    OK. So, for the last few months, I've been playing my mandocello one of two "cheater" ways.

    1. Just playing mandolin tunes as though the mandocello is tuned like a mandolin.
    2. With a capo on the...
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