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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    ...Another thought about your problem-- I never play with my wrist bent. I have the mandolin (or guitar) positioned so my forearm and hand are straight. The tendons that control the fingers connect...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    As always I chime in about Mapes strings in Tennessee where they actually MAKE the wire for the strings.
    You can't buy them in stores, only from the factory.
    They will make up anything you like in...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    When I started with the mandolin from guitar I had issues too. Mine were in the right elbow from incorrect pick technique. I had to quit playing for about six months before it completely healed up....
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    New Frets!

    I just got back my 1923 Gibson A2 with new stainless steel frets installed by the ever amazing Lou Stiver. We put in the narrow gauge, period correct sized frets. Lou has such a fine touch and...
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    Re: Coated like uncoated choices

    Go to the Mapes.com site and check out their options. They feature what they call 'Appalachian Moonshine' which is a light coating on the wrapped strings. It is very thin and works very well. I...
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    Re: Shipping: how much???

    Maybe the USPS can vary where you are but they have been exemplary in my experience.
    I shipped one mandolin to Ireland, another as close as 168 miles away as well as others near and far and I have...
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    Mapes Stings

    I am an ardent fan of Mapes strings and have been using them for a number of years now. Mapes has made piano strings for over 100 years as well as wire supplies for the other string sellers. They...
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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    Alexis and I are lucky to have each other to play with at home but we really, really miss giging and playing for others.

    Billy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8PvsqK3O-o
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    The Duo Lynx was booked for today at the Stanford Hospital Bing concert but we got cancelled late Monday eve. We had a great show prepared with newly discovered Mezzacopo tunes, original tunes and a...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Hi Bill,

    I have been an ardent fan of the Tone-Guard for years and years. If the back of the mandolin is not being dampened the Tone-Guard is superfluous. I leave it on anyway because I sit up...
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    Re: Scales for Left Handed Mandolin

    I'm inquiring on behalf of a beginning student and what I was hoping for are diagram type charts with the notes indicated for the basic major-minor scales. Standard notation and/or tab is not what...
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    Scales for Left Handed Mandolin

    Does anyone know of a scale book or chart for the left handed mandolinist?

    Billy

    billypackardmandolin.com
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    I had the rare pleasure of playing L.L.'s personal F5 while visiting Roger a few years back. It has the Virzi inside and while it wasn't all that loud of a mandolin the tone was very fine indeed. I...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    I'll pipe in!!

    Bill's right, if you want to learn classical you need to be literate. Community collages often have classes like 'Basic Music Theory' which is a fantastic way to develop a...
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    Re: i love playing mandolin

    I love the mandolin too. It swept me off my guitar feet years ago, its sweet sound gave wings to my song.

    Billy

    billypackardmandolin.com
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    The pick making business is not Eric's main day-job, he is a special ed teacher. For now it is his 2nd job/avocation. He makes the picks one at a time by hand so be patient.

    Billy
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    Re: Allesi tuners

    My F4! Guess what? I just finished a pro photo shoot this last Tuesday with Ed Hensley of this beautiful mandolin. They are going to be really fine. I'll post them when he finishes....
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    Re: Allesi tuners

    I don't know about Allesi tuners but I was having the same concerns as you re. Waverly. I bought the Schaller GrandTune machines for my Gilchrist A3 and they are fantastic.

    Billy
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    Re: The Duo Lynx plays Amber Lights

    Piano and mandolin is my favorite duo. There has been much written for these two, Mezzacapo and Calace are two examples. Alexis is so creative in addition to being a great reader.
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    The Duo Lynx plays Amber Lights

    Billy Packard and Alexis Alrich play an original ballad,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o0IBlcdeD8
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    Mine have three settings and all were personally dialed in by the audiologist. The third setting is specifically set for playing music. We sat in the control room as I went about playing the...
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    Re: The Duo Lynx plays Brejeiro

    !?! Thanks Jeremy, here's the essential missing link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KDpLXOqA_g

    Billy
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    The Duo Lynx

    Here's a tune we love, The Blue Gypsy. The amazing Alexis Alrich on her Steinway and yours truly on the Weber Fern that Bruce re-graduated in 2012. See the other 3 videos and please spread the...
  24. Re: Choro das 3 - stolen instruments, mics, and tour gear

    I don't know how to forward this post but it should also be on the main 'General Mandolin Discussion' page as well as the front page of the MC web site. Everyone possible should be made aware of...
  25. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Back in 1992 when I was ordering and waiting for my A3 Gilchrist I had a conversation with Stephen Gilchrist about the A style and F style. At the time I didn't care much for the F style, I...
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