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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    After reading this thread, I decided to try a set of flatwound EFW74 on my MD505. My 1st observations are: harder to install since the strings donít bend as easily, donít seem to stretch much, ...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    I have a 5 year old MD505 that I bought new, and later installed a K&K pickup. I’d suggest you have a 2 day trial on any mandolin you purchase. I think both tone and playability (neck profile,...
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    Re: Ready to upgrade mandolin - need advice!

    I have a Collings and and an 505 A Style Eastman. I think with a buyers trial, Eastman’s new or used are very good value for the money. You can get one used, install a K&K pickup for $200 and stay...
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    Re: What's the best room/apt humidifier?

    In winter I humidify my cases, which keep my mandolins between a happy 45% -50% rh. They are often cased when then not being played. I have whole house humidification, but live in an old house in...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    EJ74 on my 505. I tried monel, but did not like the feel.
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I switched to the Primetone 1.4 picks about a year ago and think they are excellent. I’d be happy to pay $100 for a pick if I thought it noticeably improved my tone or playing. I’ve tried and...
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    Re: Strap recommendation for Octave

    Thanks for the comments, I will add a heel strap button.
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    Strap recommendation for Octave

    I need to get a strap for my Eastman octave mandolin. Any positive experiences? I would typically add a heel strap button but Iím not sure about the balance. Since it's guitar sized, would...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    My experience is that most folks need; fast upload speed, wired ethernet, an external USB Audio Interface that bypasses the computer audio, and a microphone and headphones for a reasonable jamming...
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    I routinely play online with Jamkazam with about a 50 ms time delay, in-person playing is more like 10 ms. Online does not feel like a tight jam, more like a pickup group jam. What latency do you...
  11. Re: 'Good Vibrations' for 7 mandolins and 3 mandocellos

    This is great, thanks!
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    Re: Anyone else have no players near them?

    If you have good internet upload speeds and can manage the technology, then I think Jamkazam works ok for online playing with 1 or 2 others. My typical delay is similar to playing with someone 50...
  13. Re: Finally had to set up my humidifier this year

    The Oasis seems to work great. It is also important to use a good quality mandolin case. When I checked with my wireless bluetooth humidity sensor I see about a 5% higher humidity level in a...
  14. Re: Finally had to set up my humidifier this year

    I live in a northern climate and my old house would have bad condensation problems if the indoor humidity was 40% and it was 0F outdoors. I use a whole house humidifier and maintain a maximum...
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    Re: Strap Button Washer

    Also easy to get online
    Fender Strap Blocks Strap Locking System (set of 4) - Black/Red for under $3
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    Primetone is clearer and with more sustain to my ears compared to the wegen and clown barf.
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    Re: Newb's first day

    I started at age 56 as a 1st instrument and I am about 10 years in. For me a couple of years of face to face lessons, followed by group jamming has made learning and playing a lot of fun. Enjoy.
  18. Thread: Bright tuners

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    Re: Bright tuners

    Thanks, I bought a TC UniTune. I will also try using the D'Addario micro tuner on the backside of the headstock.
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    Bright tuners

    When playing outdoors I have a hard time quickly seeing the tuning scale on my D'Addario micro clip-on Tuner. Anyone have a small bright clip-on tuner they like using.
  20. Re: Chris Thile & Aoife O'Donovan Lakes of Pontchartrain

    Paul Brady and Andy Irvine are world class string musicians
    Here is a 1977 version
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad8RVexRUoQ&list=RDAd8RVexRUoQ
  21. Re: Collings MT2 versus Single Shop Builder Purchase?

    I have an MT2 that I bought used, it’s excellent and the last f-hole I will buy.
    Check out alternatives and buy what you enjoy.
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    Re: Your first great mandolin

    A 84 Flatiron A5 was my first great mandolin. I did not like the neck profile, but it had the best tone of all my mandolins. I replaced it with a Collings MT2.
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    Re: Some new backing tracks

    Thanks, the tracks are great
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    Re: how often do you refill your humidifier?

    I’m in Wisconsin, which needs significant winter humidification. I use an Oasis -26. Based on my wireless humidity monitor, in January my good Collings case stays in the low 50% RH range and I fill...
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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    Here is Sam playing a different Hoss, Wheel Hoss.
    It’s the player to my ears, not the pick or the mandolin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_DugNWf_Dc
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