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    Should I buy a Charango?

    Have been offered a pretty good deal on one.

    Does anyone have any experience? Is it worth the effort Of learning? Are there any warning?
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    Re: We've said it before, we'll say it again.

    The last question dropped off. It was to ask if anyone had felt that their more experience with more expensive gear didnít measure up in some way to their expectations. I want to say how much the...
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    We've said it before, we'll say it again.

    Popped into a local shop today that specialises in acoustic instruments. Looking at those new banjo picks that go down your fingers. Did not like them - no, not quite. Loved the thumb pick. But the...
  4. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I mentioned his in my answer to the why mandolin thread, but realising that it is an incredibly diverse instrument that makes things like jazz more decipherable than guitar. And of course, Sam bush,...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Levon helm ru cooder and Ian Anderson and to a smaller extent steve Earle and rem. I took it up thinking it was an extra flavour to my guitar. Then I started playing. I then discovered in this order...
  6. Fixed epiphone. Now itís the instrument I always knew it was

    Well, I always loved it but it needed work. So I got it done. And here it is.

    I took the pick guard off. I never liked the pickup. The tech gave it a fret level, tweaked the truss. Cut the nut...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    Itís great for bands. Chord charts are great. Itís worth learning.
  8. Re: Anyone trying to play Afropop styles on the mandolin?

    No lie I was thinking today about this type of style on the mandolin. It works nicely and now Iím going to have a go too.

    Great job.
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    The Monrover newsletter.

    Received the first one today.

    Itís worth the subscription.

    Donít get it if you donít like laughing.
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    Re: Epiphone MM-50

    The elixirs will last a long time. Probably 11 is the best place to start. The bronze ones are good too though.
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    Re: Epiphone MM-50

    Agree on a good setup. I love epiphone But you need to get the frets dressed. Don’t get new tuners, they’re fine. If they’re a bit sticky, a tiny bit of lubrication will sort that out. Get the frets...
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    Re: In honor of Mr. Bill Monroe...

    Should be great fun!

    Signed up.
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    Re: Timing issues

    Keep on the sunny side drops a beat for one bar.
  14. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I was going to do 3 but need to do five.

    1) phosphorescent blues. -punch brothers
    2) Peaks of telluride - sam bush
    3) rotten taters - mike Compton
    4) back to back - tiny and jethro
    5)...
  15. Re: 4 String Electric Mandolin recommended strings?

    For my jbovier els, I use guitar strings, elixirs.10-42 set (minus the E and A string) Other people say they have intonation issues but I don’t. They last forever and stay in tune.


    Make sure...
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    Re: String change frequency

    On my gretsch as little as possible. The tailpiece design is the oNkybthing I donít like. The string hooks are 1/10 mm too short. So I have flatwounds. And theyíve lasted about two years now.

    For...
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    Re: Case for mandocaster

    I use a tenor ukulels case for mine. I need a towel under the headstock, otherwise it fits perfectly. Mine also came with a soft case, so I use whichever is most appropriate.

    The uke case cost...
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    Re: Chop Chords

    Chop

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    That might work. Chops should be on the lower strings anyway.
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    Michael Jackson done right.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT_bu9QpOFg
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    Re: New to the emando world.

    Is that solidibody filtered through a laser or a chorus?
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    Re: No motivation

    It’s tough. And there are some really great suggestions.

    May I suggest doing one of two approaches.

    1) go back to the music that first really excited you - doesn’t matter what it was. Find...
  22. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Great question. Terrific responses.

    I picked it up around 2005. Around 2008 I realised I could play far more sophisticated music on mandolin than my first love, guitar. Like others, I still love...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    My two favourite solid body instruments were bought without really even seeing them. I bought them from a retailer I trust - dietze music in Nebraska - and after much discussion with ted eachlimsn...
  24. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Thatís interesting. That still might make some difference, maybe. Iím now going to grab my mirror and have a look and see if they are hollow or solid.

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    Re: Heads up for you Mandolinists with Cats

    About 2 months ago, my daughter and I found two stray kittens who had been abandoned. Attempts to get them to a welfare shelter failed, so now we have two kittens. One, Marie, is fine, but her...
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