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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    We had a second meeting tonight -- the first for me --and had a good time with tunes and talk. I'm looking forward to more and appreciate Barry's organization and guidance. At this point, it seems...
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    I attended an inaugural session with other mando players in Ottawa last night. Thanks to Barry for taking the initiative to form a local collective for mandolin players.

    We had a great time...
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    Thanks for your interest BBarton.
    I certainly will. I am generating some positive interest. Please feel welcome to PM me,
    Also if you know of any other players who may be interested please pass on...
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Read 'Guide to Doublestops' very thoroughly. I promise that you'll benefit.
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    Re: NK Forster Celtic O mandolin

    Yep, the "Celtic" mandolin is a very similar shape to both Brazilian and Portugese instruments. That makes sense as Stefan Sobell based his 70's Cittern on an old Portugese Guitarra. When he was...
  6. Gordon Stobbe awarded the Order of Canada

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1534143-nova-scotia-fiddler-stobbe-awarded-order-of-canada

    Stobbe is of course not only a fiddler but a fine mandolin player. Congratulations, Gordon!
  7. It's time for many in the north to start humidifting.

    A deleted post in the builder's section reminded me that it's time for my annual rant on the importance of humidifying your home when your heating system starts to run regularly.
    My preferred and...
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    Mary Coogan Mandolin Class

    I had the pleasure of taking Mary Coogan's advanced mandolin class at the O'Flaherty irish Music Retreat last week and it was an eye opener.

    To my mind there is no consensus on how the mandolin...
  9. Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn, Aidan Coffey & Colm Murphy

    I was lucky enough to get to Cork recently to witness a marvellous concert, celebrating the launch of Aidan Coffey's latest album (all proceeds to mental health awareness) entitled "The Corner House...
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    Re: Octave mandolin as tenor guitar?

    And video.

    Works pretty well, I think you'll agree!


    https://youtu.be/6DYUVy00Wig
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    A modern oval hole mandolin

    This is a new type of oval hole mandolin I have just finished. Not sure what to call it, it is different from the vintage Gibsons, so I have called it "modern", but could have called it "small...
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    Taran Springwell Mandolin

    Hopefully this is the right place to post this - seems like other people are placing similar posts in this section.

    About a month ago I took delivery of a new Taran Springwell mandolin made by...
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    Forthcoming Irish Traditional Music album

    First apology is for the self-promotion... And second is that there is only one track of mandolin on this... Primarily playing melody on tenor banjo but there is a lot of bouzouki on here too. In...
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    Re: Tuner button screw

    I have silver, I don't have gold. The size is M2.3x10. I got that from Gotoh. The problem is you won't find them in the US. The answer I came up with was to use an SAE size. That size is #2-64 x 3/8....
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    Re: Who's your favourite CBOM player???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5y4nTsFOY
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    Re: Who's your favourite CBOM player???

    Alec Finn, superb and unparalleled musicality.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEW1HQBk4WM&list=RDZEW1HQBk4WM#t=0


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wmyM9g3RIM

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    Scots mandolinist Kevin Macleod - website

    Been a while since I had a thorough house clean of my website, which I have now done! The benefits of being stuck inside with a bad back!

    Anyway, there are new sections on the new mandolin...
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    Re: button loose from tuner shaft

    If you use superglue and depending on the situation I usually would, make sure you take the tuners off the mandolin. If you overfill the hole and shove the button on you will get superglue spurting...
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    Re: O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat Mandolin Class

    Mike,

    Mick never teaches classes like this anymore. I suspect that his friendship with Ken Fleming (the director of the camp) has a lot to do with his being there. I've taken several classes...
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    Re: Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room

    No tab, but Norman & Nancy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_cDZwLeK_w
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    Re: Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room

    Great song. I always like how the Carter Family bend the time a bit in their songs. Sometimes it is difficult to do it just that way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyNVNb7vieU

    I also love...
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    Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Shippey A5

    This is my interpretation of John Reischman's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I made a recording of this tune a couple of years ago on a Kentucky KM 505, but wanted to re-record it using my...
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    Peter Kennedy archive now online

    http://www.peterkennedyarchive.org

    I'll let them describe it;

    "Throughout his life Peter Kennedy was deeply involved with collecting, researching and publishing British and Irish folk and...
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    Expensive but totally worth it

    I just put a set of TI flatwounds on my Flatiron Festival yesterday. These are expensive strings, and were made more expensive by the low Canadian dollar, but they were totally worth it. I mean, they...
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    Re: The History of Vintage Cases

    Dennis, Recently I found information that more precisely dates the change to the Lifton label. The Red/Black/Gold label didn't appear until at least February, 1946. If your case has the Black &...
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