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    Re: Musician Jokes

    That's why I love Mandolin Cafe
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    I know where you are. Years ago I had a very good Aria mandolin that I payed $400 for and was in a position to spend about $1000 to upgrade. Only problem everything I played in that range was no...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I can also agree in principal with Gibson, but while we are going historical let's look at why the F5 was so universally copied. I've been a mandolin nut since a kid and remember if you had the money...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    What are we talking about. I thought "harmonics" were the "chimes" at various spots along the string, the strongest at the 1/2 point, next at the 1/4 and 3/4 etc. How do you change that to set...
  5. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    Balance to me is the mark of a good to great instrument. Even tone can be personal preference. Most of what you list can be easily corrected or just gotten use to. My best mandolin is a Dearstone, no...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    I'm not following something--why do you need the tuner to pick up the harmonics? I tune the 12th fret to the harmonic by ear, then check at 5th fret octave to next string again by ear although I can...
  7. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Mbruno you are right about chording to fit the situation. I am a diehard BG'er but I don't play only chop chords rhythm for one thing as Mr Burns said it would bore me to death.I do disagree with...
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    Re: For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    Yes those soldiers allowed us to continue to be free Americans, and I thank God for them but I also thank God for those that are serving our country right now. These men and women are carrying on...
  9. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    We are getting way to technical for a newbie. The Monroe chop chords are essential to bluegrass and should be learned. Those in the "I can't" crowd are right they can't because they won't. As someone...
  10. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Learn the chop chords, they are not hard except for the stretch which will develop with practice. Trying to "cheat" to make it easier really cheats no one but you and eventually you will have to...
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    Re: Roanoke, VA jams, pickers, etc.

    Jam at Floyd is Sunday 1:30 to3:00 old time 2:00 to 4:00 bluegrass. At country store couple blocks south of traffic light on rt 8. Jam at Hopes restaurant sat morning 10-12. Wide open anyone welcome,...
  12. Re: Pic direction when starting on a string

    Bill Monroe, the original BG mandolin player, had a very free right hand.I don't know where or when it was decided that a constant down up pick stroke was the way to play BG, but in my mind it starts...
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    Yes. Work on both you'll find that one helps the other. After a certain point ( when you aquire muscle memory) speed is mental.
  14. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    If it cost $5 or $5000 what difference does it make. When I buy a car ( usually used) or a TV or a mandolin, I don't care what the seller has invested in it. I decide what it is worth to me and offer...
  15. Re: Slight frustration when changing mandolin strings

    What caught my attention in this thread was the title. Wish I could change strings with "slight frustration"
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Markus brings up an interesting point, if our auditory memory is so short, how do we know the strings have gone dead. If we can't remember how the strings sounded new, how do we know that a month or...
  17. Re: PSA: you should try an actual mandolin pick!

    There is no such thing as a mandolin pick. There are picks thatbsuit YOU better for mandolin. I use very different picks for guitar than mandolin--- that's what suits me. Someone else can use the...
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    Re: So...I'm stuck....dang MAS...

    I found my "keeper" in 2000. Have bought 4 since then. Yes I still have my keeper and fully believe my wife or kids will be the sellers of it after I'm gone but I can still buy and sell other...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    The question I have is. If auditory memory is so short, how did I know Dad's banjo had been apart (post 20) I realize that I'm talking about an instrument that I " knew" very well, had heard...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    If you are learning, try several ways to accomplish any of the mechanic of playing. If after serious trying it is awkward then try something else. I don't believe there is only one way to do...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    +1 for a good instrument getting better, at least for a time. I don't think a 10 year old mandolin will be better in 50 years or even a 2year old better in 5 years, but you will never convince me...
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    Re: pointless pick

    Years ago Bobby Osborne used a round pick, at least I remember a picture of him holding a round pick.
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    Re: set up question: action vs. tone

    I have always thought that, as each mandolin has a particular string it likes, it has an ideal height of it's strings. Down pressure on top, how heavy handed player is, or just the finickiness of the...
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    Re: Looking to Replace the Bridge

    I don't see how the lean affects intonation. Intonation is set by where the top not the bottom of the bridge is located. If intonation is way off between strings ie E string is correct but D string...
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    Re: Looking to Replace the Bridge

    Why does the bridge need to be replaced? In my experience bridges don't wear out. I have replaced them because they were poor quality from the start, replaced them to improve intonation, replaced one...
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