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  1. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    Today was String Changing Day in my home – put a set of Sam Bush monels on my Collings MT2-O (for the first time), and a set of Thomastik bronze strings on my Zimnicki ADGCEA guitar (for the second...
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    Re: Whatcha up to?

    Not much.

    Half my mando practising used to be done at home while my daughter was at school, the other half at work in between the souncheck and the first show, both of which of course aren't...
  3. Re: Stressful Times: Bringing New 'E' Up To Tune!

    Tuning up the E-strings on my recently-sold Rigel R-200 mandolin/mandola hybrid was quite a tense moment, but the singly-ordered light Thomastik E's I was using never did break.
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    Re: When You First . . .

    I first started playing mandolin when I was, I dunno, 12 or so, 'cuz I saw one at a flea market and asked my parents to buy it for me.

    About 18 years ago, I had the lucky opportunity to catch the...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    I'm in Dubai, MD'ing a show ("La Perle").
    (NMC? Nope :) I play a Mann SEM-5 in the show. And another guy plays a fretless double-course Turkish banjo (no idea how that's tuned) and mandola (DADA, I...
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    Re: Keyboard recommendation for a newbie

    The Kurweil SP4-8 (or SP4-7, which has 76 notes) is my favourite digital piano.

    That said, nothing beats the real thing. :)
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    Not mandolin-specifically:

    Piano's my bread-and-butter instrument – years ago I broke my right-hand pinky, but had to keep working. I developed the ability to play octaves with my thumb and ring...
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    Re: Tone Dexter users?

    Why is this not offered as a plugin? The ability to set it up once, and from then on be able to record your piezo pickup (free of worry about background noises) and render the file as though you'd...
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    Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    Most likely because I'm in the UAE, with these calculations being computer-generated – the shipping (to me) alone is $4,995!

    I'd love to know who "custom ordered" it. :)
  10. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    When I first met my Chilean wife-to-be (at an Irish session she was running in Santiago), I showed her the Blue Chip pick I was using, and told her about it. "Why ees Blue Cheep?? Ees not blue, ees...
  11. Thread: Compressor?

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    Re: Compressor?

    I'll point out that the only reason I use compression (live) is because the pickup (on my go-to live/amplified mando, a Rigel R-100) seems to exaggerate the dynamics when compared to how it sounds...
  12. Thread: Compressor?

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    Re: Compressor?

    I've been using the L.R.Baggs Session Acoustic DI with good results.
  13. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    Had to buy a spare in case I drop one during a show.
    Had to buy another in case I lost one ('cuz, always have to have a spare).
    Had to keep 'em with the mandolin, so, three for each...
  14. Re: Any recommendation on octave pedal to simulate a bass guitar?

    The Electro Harmonix Micro POG tracks really well, but it's only one octave either way.

    The bigger models might go two octaves (I haven't tried 'em so I don't know, but I haven't tried running a...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Along Jeff's lines...

    My piano teacher pointed out that she'd seen a program where someone's brain had been exposed and stimulated with electrical currents, and that the thumb responded...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    The Dancla All Strings video (the first one at https://mandoscales.com/the-videos/) gives your pinky a good workout, with the added angle of being logical simply because it makes more sense to use...
  17. Re: Yet another string thread, but for electric mandos!

    D’Addario NYXL’s: 48, 32, 21, 13.5 and 9.
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    Re: Revelation Mandocaster Pickups

    Yep – it's the one pictured on John's website (http://www.knutsonluthiery.com/mandolins/marshall.html).
    It came with Alembic pickups – the E-string was non-existent. Steve put in a pair of...
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    Re: Revelation Mandocaster Pickups

    You're in the US – Steve Ryder, in Maine, makes excellent-sounding pickups.

    (I recently replaced a pair of Steve's humbuckers (which sounded amazing) with a pair of his stacked humbuckers (which...
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    Re: EM-150 CL. Pretty fair deal. NFI.

    I had one of those, and $350's what I paid for it, back in the day.

    It wasn't easy to play, and I snapped the truss rod trying to easify it. Took it to a guitar show, the first guy I ran into...
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    Re: Advice sought about 1917 Gibson H1 Mandola

    I toured for a couple of years, hitting sessions as I went, with a 1921 H2, and not that you're collecting votes, or even asking the question, but ya, a fourth vote for CGDA tuning for IT (a fifth...
  22. Re: Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    I can't actually say that I prefer the speed bevel because I haven't tried any non-beveled Blue Chip picks. :)

    That said, I use the beveled TAD 40 (and sometimes 35) for electric, but the 50 for...
  23. Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    I won't do the research right now (it's bedtime here in Dubai), but the music as the final credits roll in a western that stars Brad Pitt is definitely (to my ears, at least) a bone-dry Fender...
  24. Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    I like this key for this tune – it's the lowest (unless you have a 5-string) that you can play McCoy Tyner's left-hand accompaniment.

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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    A strong pinky and accurate shifting are both desirable skills worth acquiring. If playing a lick one way makes as much sense as playing it the other way, the obvious-to-me strategy is to practice it...
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