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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I use Thomastik 154 mediums on both my MT and custom Mt2. They don't cost that much if you consider that you would buy 3 or 4 sets of regular strings before the TI's wear out.
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Sometimes my comments really 'strike a nerve'. Oh well. Without it however, Explorer may have never mentioned the great work he's doing with Gypsy Jazz on mandola. That is VERY COOL.
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    You are certainly welcome Gypsy. Everyone is helpful here.
    I might add however that looking at books and charts is about as exciting as reading a dictionary! Interactive software helps. But...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Since that book has been out, others have made similar (and easier to understand), books and software programs. One called the Absolute Fretboard Trainer is outstanding....
  5. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    I learned a trick right here on Mandolin Cafe that solves the stringing problem. Bend the string end slightly on the loop with your thumb nail. That creates a little spring action onto the tailpiece...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Collings MT the only mandolin I will ever need. But wait, someone gave me a bowlback mandolin. A very nice old one. And then a guitar trade resulted in a very high end custom Collings MT2. Then I...
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    Re: Free PDF's of Technical Exercises

    And I thought you had nothing to do, over there in Dubai. Ha, ha
    Great stuff Jim, keep us 'slackers' posted.
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Yea, that's a good chart. With a little creative effort, one can play just the chords from one to the next with some tremlo and have a very Russian sounding doyna. Or one can play the note patterns...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    For you, it is exotic. For me, it is a living. (familiar quote). I'm sure I have some stuff in TAB. Stay tuned.

    A quick look thru a few hundred charts and I found this; which may be useful.

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  10. Thread: Mandocello Envy

    by DougC
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    One of the most satisfying aspects of the project is in the design for your needs. I just ordered a violin bow and I have similar feelings of excitement of getting something 'just right'. Others on...
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    Re: Violinist to Mandolin Questions

    I play violin as well as mandolin. As you know, good tone from an instrument is largely a matter of cost. (AND your abilities). Mandolin Cafe has an enormous amount of information about the choice of...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    All I can say is WOW!
  13. Thread: 1924 Gibson A-jr

    by DougC
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    Re: 1924 Gibson A-jr

    Here's my guess. (I'm a violin guy and not a mandolin maker). The finish was put on with a bridge in place. Probably sprayed on. This greatly helped in the exact placement of a new bridge, And in...
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    Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    There is plenty of time and advice if you have a mandolin now. I'd strongly suggest listening to youtube videos in order to chose the sound that you want. Here are a few examples.
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    There are a few issues to clarify the word "thin. "Are you asking if the audio mix needs better reverb, EQ, or closer distance to the mic?
    Can your mandolin create a sustained note that sounds the...
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    Re: Feline String Change Caution

    There should be some kind of container for used strings like that 'sharps' box used for razor blades and needles.

    String changing time can be very troublesome. I give him a used one to play with...
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    Re: A new classical mandolin

    Beautiful mandolin.Yes another person interested in an audio clip.
    The instrument seems to be like a German style mandolin. i.e. flat back, deeper body etc. And the the nut width seems a bit wider...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    The situation has been this way for many years.
    A lot of people are playing the Bach cello suites transposed up an octave for mandola. CGDA
    There is a ton of stuff out there for duets and more...
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    Re: I sure miss my Collings

    Let's watch for a good deal on a MT. You'll be 'back in the saddle' soon.
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    Re: Dudu Maia/Douglas Lora -- Choro Pesado

    It's amazing how a simple chart can turn into a "sonic wonder" in performance.
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    Re: Dudu Maia/Douglas Lora -- Choro Pesado

    As I was listening I wondered what the score looked like. If I could even begin to play the tune, it would be 'by ear'. The syncopation must be nuts.
    You've got some great insights about melody and...
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    Re: Finnish fiddle tune Kellarin kautta

    Well done. Love thoes shottishes.
  23. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    I'll check my notes but I think the details have been worked out. (Yes the GHS PF285 strings are what you found. I thought they were too light for my Collings 15.9" scale length.)

    Every mandola is...
  24. Thread: Irish Metronome

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    Re: Irish Metronome

    ...~o)
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    Re: Right hand wrist position

    There are some great comments here. I would only add a little story about viewing a youtube lesson on mandolin 'right hand position'. This guy said that instead of thinking of your hand, think of...
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