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  1. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    If it helps:
    I decided some time ago that if I had to procure a mandolin RIGHT NOW =no thought, no debate, no research, just DO it=, it would be a Kentucky KM-505. And yeah, no regrets!
  2. Thread: Trading

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    Re: Trading

    IF that's what you both actually agree upon, then the other aspects (difference in age, condition, original selling price, history, "provenance") are already factored in to your agreement. What the...
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    Re: How low (temp) would you go?

    In my first late afternoon jam session, that after starting around 60F got down to maybe 40F at sunset, was the debate between "we need to re-tune" and "no we don't, because we're all out of tune by...
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    Re: Martin AK2 string recommendation

    I've tried & enjoyed several koa Martins, but that is the nicest looking. FWIW, the Martin scale is 13" rather than the more common 13 7/8", but that is NOT a suggestion to use heavier strings!
  5. Re: Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    Alternative to struggle? AVOID, which I did for 40 years! Then I spent the last decade kicking myself after a major injury gave me time to absorb "Music Theory for Dummies". The funny thing was...
  6. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I can say from having built some whitewater kayaks in the '70s and '80s, when the highest-tec (meaning lightest and stiffest, almost regardless of cost) racing boats were made from kevlar lay-up...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Few "hear" the bass, but everyone FEELS the bass.
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    Re: Humidty, plastic bag, stupid question

    HA! That's my "sits next to the TV chair" instrument. When I first got it (cheap!) 10-12 year ago, it had sat with the bridge badly out of position, under full string pressure, for at least several...
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    Re: tuners for vintage bowlback mandolin

    The longer a luthier has been around, the more likely he/she is to have an odd piece in their parts bin. Assuming that you can identify the issue as, say, a broken cog tooth, it shouldn't cost...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Two points (no pun, or accents, intended!):

    1 - The first impression of my '90s Flatiron F (twelve years ago) was that, when standing, it was neck-heavy, which I credited to the...
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    Re: Information please

    Luigi? The OP's label shows (clearly, I think) a first initial of "V".
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    Re: What’s after a Kentucky KM-1050?

    Besides tone, materials, & builder experience, there are differences in the FEEL of the instrument, mostly meaning neck width, depth, contour, fretboard radius, etc. These are critical to some, less...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Whoa! Having dealt with some cheap and/or poorly-installed tuners, while wondering how expensive and/or well-installed tuners resolve the same issue (on my assumption that the tolerances are much...
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    Re: And just like that...

    BTW, I wouldn't really call the MicroCube a "grownup" amp... more like an athletic 12-year-old!
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    Re: And just like that...

    HA! Yeah, got mine on sale 10 or 12 years ago for maybe $90 US, when the going street price was around $125. It'll also run off a wall-wart converter; I just find the six 1.5 volt batteries more...
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    Re: And just like that...

    That would depend on how much space you need to fill, and how "electric-vs-acoustic" you want to sound. Guessing that the 5-string is a solid-body, therefore going for a more "electric" sound?
    ...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    I think there's a core difference between notation and tab that some have danced around but nobody (that my quickish scan has noticed) has hit on the head:

    - Notation describes THE MUSIC, period,...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Nobody has specifically mentioned "responsiveness" as a quality of instruments. Difficult to quantify, but you'll know it when you feel it, when you're ready to feel it.

    A higher-quality...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Bass player's not-persuasive-enough commentary to my wife at a jam session 10-12 years ago:
    - "Hey, for bluegrass, all ya gotta learn are 5 notes, at least to get goin'!"
    - "But, uhmm, you DO need...
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    Re: source for small, mando-sized strap button

    I have, in a pinch, used guitar / mandolin straps interchangeably. Never thought of them being different sizes or on different size buttons.
  21. Re: Getting better at Mandolin by Playing other Instruments

    Definitely do get that. Early on in my mandolicity (12-15 years ago), I'd translate favorite guitar parts to mandolin. Maybe the first, and that STILL manages to impress folks, is the Eagles'...
  22. Re: Getting better at Mandolin by Playing other Instruments

    At this late date, I've finally figured out that seeing music in new ways on any instrument helps you to see music in new ways on all instruments.

    One of the more "accidentally beneficial" things...
  23. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    Good point, although some bridge / string-gauge combinations can dictate such an odd angle.

    Several years ago, I spent a month or two messing with altered tunings; lots of re-tuning along the way....
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    Re: Gibson A0 Found in Attic

    Yeah... Gonna have to go checking thru the rafters again!
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    Re: new member, old mandolin

    Check out Frets.com for info on setting intonation (distance from the neck/frets) and fitting the bridge to an arched top. Don't worry if photos show an arch-top guitar, the logic is the same. ...
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