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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    It's already been said, but for that price point I'd go with the Bobelock. They're not fiberglass but the wood is actually better protection and a more stable micro-climate for the instruments. My...
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    Encouragement is magic

    I spent some time yesterday covering the first aid station at our local festival's pre-festival string camp. Sadly, I had to back out of attending the camp, but am volunteering on the medical side. I...
  3. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    It all depends on what you want out of it, and sometimes it's serendipitous. For myself, my $1000 Kentucky KM-756 is all I will ever need. It was an over-budget impulse buy, but it's well-made and...
  4. Re: Any atheist / agnostic Bluegrasser's out there?

    Vitriol? Hardly.
    What they're trying to explain to you is that we're here to talk about mandolins and music. That's it. The topic has no place here. It has nothing to do with anyones' opinion...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Having played Irish fiddle for over 20 years, I would hardly call them closely related. In fact it always grinds my gears a bit when people make too much of any relationship between the two.
    I do...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I've never once had anyone ask me who made my fiddles, only how old they are.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Some of that old sound was probably due to dodgy strings and poor instrument condition as well as bare-bones recording set-ups (many are low-tech field recordings). Not to mention old players with...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    As long as they haven't been subjected to poor storage! I've had to pass on a few that would have been great had they not been allowed to become crack-ridden or warped. I have a nice, excellent...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    My point was that in equivalent quality points, you get a lot more bang for your buck with fiddles. One can obtain a fiddle of equivalent quality to the higher-end mandolins, without spending close...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    FAS is way cheaper than MAS, for equivalent quality. The problem is that it also makes one more susceptible!
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    Re: Cullng the herd

    You won today's comment prize! 😆
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    What a great experience!
    That's the funny thing about violins. Sometimes the player doesn't get to benefit from the sound! I still want to have a good player play all 3 of mine so I can get to hear...
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    Some Strads are notoriusly difficult to play well (or temperamental) but probably not actually dogs, just require a high skill level. It's also important to bear in mind that they have all been...
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    Re: Too Cold to Ship Your Instrument

    It's really not a big deal as long as you let things warm up before you open it up in a warmer environment. I had a 113 year old fiddle shipped to me last month when it actually WAS real winter cold,...
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    Re: Fiddlers picking with bow direction?

    No relationship between my bowing and picking at all. In fact, after lots of fiddling picking is difficult to transition to without a good warmup to get my brain switched. Of course, I've been at the...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    John Reischman and Herschel Sizemore
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    Re: Social Distancing

    As a recovering Uilleann piper from many years ago, I cam attest that even after you learn to play, you still are somewhat isolated haha.
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    Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    The great thing about fiddles is that cost isn't necessarily reflective of quality in fiddling terms. Sometimes the trade violins make perfect fiddles, better than a higher end instrument that might...
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    Damn, for some reason I missed that Tommy died! 😢
  20. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    How tight or loose a grip you keep on a pick is also inherent to the amount of grip strength and tension you tend to hold. Try keeping your right hand loose, but firm, and only using tension in the...
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    I have a KM-756 that I am quite happy with
  22. Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    I can back up the Kentucky recommendation. My instrument was higher than your price bracket, but still not super high end (KM-756s) but definitely is a great, well-made instrument, that is easily...
  23. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    It's definitely a good idea at times. I like to do it when learning a song, not so much for singing since I have an awful time memorizing lyrics and playing and singing was never my strong suit. I...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    I have a Kentucky KM-756 I got for $800 and it's quite good. I DID upgrade to a Cumberland Acoustic bridge which upped the final tally, but I'm sure stock would still be pretty nice. So I would say...
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