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  1. Thread: The early thumb

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    About left hand thumb, I maintain on violin and...

    About left hand thumb, I maintain on violin and mandolin a high thumb position (the instrument sort of balanced and craddled in the web area between thumb and first finger. Many violin virtuosos of...
  2. Thread: Mandolino

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    Exactly... I'm in the plectrum wielding camp. In...

    Exactly... I'm in the plectrum wielding camp. In another life I'll try my hand (fingers) at it without the plectrum. To answer Alex's question to me, when I speak of 6 course or 5 or 4 course...
  3. Thread: Mandolino

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    I think he means the 6 course basic lombard...

    I think he means the 6 course basic lombard version (Genovese or 5 course examples, nice as they are, would be marginal to an already marginal instrument type.
  4. Thread: Private frugality

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    I'm with you Bob, changing strings (especially...

    I'm with you Bob, changing strings (especially mandolin) is my least favorite thing to do. My little electric screw driver tuning button attacment has made this a quicker process when you really must...
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    Nicely played Alex and I salute all of you...

    Nicely played Alex and I salute all of you fingerstyle 'mandolino' players (Eric and Eugene among others). I wish I had more years ahead of me so that I could learn this technique but having never...
  6. Thread: Buying tips

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    Sorry to hear of this purchase gone bad... I had...

    Sorry to hear of this purchase gone bad... I had a couple of lemons in the past via eBay, it can really ruin your day. You can never ask too many questions or see too many photos. Hopefully the...
  7. Thread: Regrets

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    How about mine... Albert Bellson offered me the...

    How about mine... Albert Bellson offered me the choice between a 1924 natural finish F4 and his 1923 Loar F5 ($400 for the one, $500 for the other). I took the F4 because I actually preferred the...
  8. Thread: Embegher copies?

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    Ok, I need to see one of these Embergher copies...

    Ok, I need to see one of these Embergher copies (Lippi or Henk's version). I love the Embergher mandolin but hate the neck/fingerboard in its most common extreme narrow form (my hands are just too...
  9. Thread: Classical tone

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    Totally my sentiment as well. The problem with...

    Totally my sentiment as well. The problem with today's recordings is that they are 'over-engineered'. Everything is so tainted by electronics that it is hard to hear anything real and soulful to the...
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    Ok, Roberto (Evan, et al), let me have a look at...

    Ok, Roberto (Evan, et al), let me have a look at this option. This fingering is possible but for all the years I've lived with this music, and all the editions and methods that I've explored, that...
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    Sorry, only giving fingering options...

    Sorry, only giving fingering options (suggestions) and not suggesting rewriting the music. This is the world of classical music, you are confronted by technical challenges all the time and put in the...
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    There are only 2 options for this chord, 1-4-2-2...

    There are only 2 options for this chord, 1-4-2-2 (referring to the fingers used from bottom to top) or T-4-2-2 (T being the thumb). If you study any of the 18th century mandolin tutors you'll notice...
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    Well, here's my 0.2 on this subject. Of all the...

    Well, here's my 0.2 on this subject. Of all the instruments I've owned or had occasion to play, the neck width and design that allows me the greatest comfort and freedom (security) is that found on...
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    The Larson is a tad brighter and more forceful...

    The Larson is a tad brighter and more forceful than the Vega. A bit like comparing a Vinaccia to a vintage Calace mandolin (the Vega more closely akin to the Vinaccia). I like them both but find the...
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    Hmm??? I know of these arguments but from what I...

    Hmm??? I know of these arguments but from what I see in the literature of the time (violin and keyboard in particular), I wouldn't bet on it (that Beethoven composed this music with the sound of the...
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    I just happened on this guy's ebay store... he...

    I just happened on this guy's ebay store... he has an interesting compilation of historical mandolin recordings. Thought some of you might be interested :

    <a...
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    Chris, all of the pieces back then were titled...

    Chris, all of the pieces back then were titled for cembolo, clavecin and/or whatever instrument had a keyboard. Neuling's sonata as well as Hummel's (written around 1810) also give the harpsichord...
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    Sorry Chris, the Beethoven pieces were not...

    Sorry Chris, the Beethoven pieces were not written for harpsichord, he was in the height of his piano virtuoso years when he wrote these pieces... Of course, a harpsichord can be used but it will not...
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    It's Calace's 2nd prelude Neil, the most often...

    It's Calace's 2nd prelude Neil, the most often played today. Unfortunately the copy they have is not in great condition. I have a 'visually' very good condition original cylinder of this prelude...
  20. Thread: Flatbacks of note

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    Better be carefull when you tuning the inner...

    Better be carefull when you tuning the inner courses, you may end up playing your mandolin only at night.... gee, can we see what's below?
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    I have never had balance problems with pianos...

    I have never had balance problems with pianos (either modern concert grands with modern romantic mandolins) or late 18th century mandolin with fortepianos from the late 18th to early 19th century. I...
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    Félicitations Jean-Paul, I can't think of anyone...

    Félicitations Jean-Paul, I can't think of anyone to whom this treasure would be better served (well, maybe myself:). Anyway, let us know what the letter has to say.
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    If you have a moment, could you scan and send me...

    If you have a moment, could you scan and send me a copy of this list, thanks. I'm not so much a collector of vintage recordings because I have nothing other than an ordinary 1920's period windup...
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    What is this Bellson collection you speak of Neil...

    What is this Bellson collection you speak of Neil (Albert or Julius, or Louis for that matter)?
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    Neil, if you make me a decent copy (cd, dvd or...

    Neil, if you make me a decent copy (cd, dvd or other) of everything you got, I'll buy this for you http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Seriously, I'd bid if he was playing...
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