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    Phillips Grier and Flinner in Galway NY

    Caught Todd Phillips, David Grier and Matt Flinner last night at the Cock and Bull Restaurant in Galway NY ( near Saratoga), great show!
    They hadn't practiced for this show and actually hadn't...
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    Re: Octave Scale Question

    I have a couple of 22" scale octaves ( both Webers) and its a fairly comfortable length for me, I can't make that first position F with the C in the root but can do an F with the A in the root. I can...
  3. Re: Arpeggios - tips and tricks to play these well and how to use

    The Mike Marshall fun with Arpeggios homespun CD- stresses the importance of arpeggios in Bluegrass, but I believe it is also relevant to most genres of western music.
    So when you have a song in a...
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    I agree with a lot of the comments - Flat Iron Performer over Kentucky or Eastman or Loar.
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    As you get closer to the $1000 range, the Eastmans and Loars do get better in quality, I can't say the same for the Kentucky or Washburns.
    My first "upgrade" was to an $800 Washburn, but alas I...
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    Re: Gibson “Black Night” at TMS

    Yup drooling, I just picked up a used Weber Black ice octave, so gonna have to let that Gibson pass, love the solid black look(don't know if I feel more like Neil Young, Johnny Cash, or Ace Frehley)...
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    Re: review of the rigel I just got.

    I have several mandolins, my wife keeps asking me when I am going to sell my Rigel ( G-110).

    Nope ....that one is a keeper - I've always been very impressed with the Rigel tone and play-ability, I...
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I know large corporations are filing copyright infringement law suits all the time, but I know an individual who after one small success suing for income, decided to make it a career, needless to...
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Not sure that is a defend-able statement? I was just posting how while visiting Nashville I was expecting a plethora of county and bluegrass acoustic acts, what I found was the opposite, most live...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Sounds like they are trying to fight a battle they have already lost.
  11. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    I have a Ratliff F4 with the oval hole, which has a narrower fretboard than the Goldtone, so the stretches are slightly easier.
    I've posted examples of both in the CBOM section.
    It was more than...
  12. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    Alas I have 2 mandocellos, 3 octave mandolins, 2 mandolas and 3 mandolins ( down from 5), so abandon all hope ye who enter here....

    The Goldtone mandocello is worth looking at and is generally @ 8...
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    Back when I started playing I had a Kentucky- a model not sure the model, payed $150 for it. It was nicer than the first mandolin I had which was no brand and had cracked top. I was playing it a jam...
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    Re: The Blarney Pilgrim

    On the contrary - not offended at all- delighted actually! I grew up listening to heavy rock, not traditional Celtic or Bluegrass or Folk, so it most certainly is part of my musical pallet and...
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    Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    Jl277z I could not agree more with everything you said, to me " modern country" is pretty much rock in cowboy boots (not the Patsy Cline , Johnny Cash and George Jones I grew up with). My son who...
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    Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    Went to a corporate event in Nashville, with high expectations of catching some quality Blue Grass, but alas I was sadly disappointed.
    I hit the Broadway strip, nothing but way too loud pop rock...
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    Re: Pango Mandocello

    I won't claim to know the physics behind it, but the F hole style top will project the sound out ward from the instrument a little further than the round center hole. Just my observation but round...
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    Re: The Blarney Pilgrim

    I had to look up Eddie Furey,
    in truth I was never a big fan of the Van Halen style, impressive yes, musical? to me not very.
    I saw them when I was like 14 they had just started touring for the...
  19. Re: Anyone know of a website or app that will display all chord n

    Smartchord app will do that- just show the chord tones in a stack, the free version is good, the paid version lets you specify the instrument and or tuning, don't forget there are at least a zillion...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    I do think the dryness of winter heating in northern climates is a risk for keeping your instrument out of the case 100% of the time ( on the wall for instance). I don't think a case does much to...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks I've already written out a crude version in muse (Norman gets quite ornamental) - haven't stopped playing it all day - I will try to play other tunes, but then my mind just wanders into...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    So I got this new (to me) Octave and was trying different things on it when I "automatically" started playing this melody on it , and I wasn't sure what it was and then I naturally went to the B part...
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    very nice!
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    I was kind of getting back into the tune, hadn't played it in years and was trying to commit to memory, but all this has turned my stomach and so I will put it to the side once again.

    If I hear a...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    Certainly can't speak for the composer Jay Ungar, but this tune is becoming woven into the string band folk culture, especially on Jay's home ground in upstate NY, which I would assume he would be...
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