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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    I'm a Mac guy, so of no specific use to you, but just as I'd say buy a mandolin of a certain base quality, I'd vote with those that would tell you to buy an interface that comes with basic software....
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    Somehow when I took up mandolin, I decided to be a bit more disclipined so started playing scales and scale exercises, mostly picked up from the net. I just practiced half an hour every day with no...
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    Re: Still getting some buzzing?

    Do you use a machinest's straightedge? I allow one thousanths on a few frets around the sixth to ninth frets. That's it.
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    Re: Loudness with Chris Thile CT 55 Bluechip pick?

    Some mandolins are louder, some a lot louder. I recently went on a mandolin sampler spree, I'm not seriously looking, honest, and I was struck at how little volume most had compared to what I have....
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    Re: Fret level after 10 months

    I would say that after basic setup skills are acquired, fret work is the next thing to learn. Either start with your least expensive instrument or go buy a beater. I had multiple tele style guitars,...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    The guy that runs Steel Guitars of North County in Oceanside is happy to loose money every month. He is a retired veterinarian who had four practices. He just loves steel guitars. Everyone has...
  7. Thread: Ibanez 510

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    Re: Ibanez 510

    I've found that if you already play guitar, you can gauge your musical interest enough that you have a pretty decent chance at sticking with a mandolin. You've already done the learning curve. I...
  8. Thread: Out of my league

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    Re: Out of my league

    You have a Devastator? The thing that dreams are made of.....
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    You certainly have a unique location, but I knew an ethnomusicolegest who had a small grant to go to a new location every year and record local music. He took a guitar to the end of a transportation...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I'm the fill in host at an open mic where we try to encourage people to perform. They always try to make excuses they are not good enough. I've pushed people off the fence and onto the stage quite a...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Ha! I play in my backyard all the time. When I run into people from the next street whose backyards connect to mine, I frequently get asked if I'm the guy who plays the mandolin, or something like I...
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    Re: Still getting some buzzing?

    Everyone struggles with the G chord. Play each note up the neck with some force to see if you can isolate a buzz. You relief should be more than enough. Many like none at all. I like frets to be dead...
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    Re: Best live gig setup for mandolin/guitar

    My Carvin AG 300 acoustic amp with 12" speaker weighs 25 pounds. All hail class D Power amps
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    Fret level after 10 months

    My mandolin was getting plinky up high lately, so I took my strings off to check things out. Needed a truss rod adjustment, and it is surprising how much fret wear can develop if you play two or...
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    Re: Ibanez No 516 Mandolin

    Get Rob Meldrum's free e book on setup. Do the setup, and play it. It will certainly be good enough to get you hooked.
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    Re: Out of my league

    I think you answered your own question. Players, collectors, and speculators.

    It is interesting to see players like Andrew Marlin buy progressively more expensive instruments as their careers...
  17. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    One less than I should have.
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    Re: Hilary Hahn: Hearing her live

    Go see YoYo Ma sometime. Joshua Bell is something, but if you can see his pal Philippe Quint, you should. Hilary Hahn is right up there too. Had SF Symphony season tix in the pre retirement days.
  19. Re: My 4th mandolin build, 2nd one built from scratch

    Jeez, I'm only on number 2. Gotta get ctackin'.

    Looking good. Inlay is very nice.
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    Re: New White Face mandolin

    I love the white A3, but I need to see the paint worn off from forearm contact.
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    Re: My new Silverangel Econo A has arrived!

    I know Econos are one of the insanely good values out there, but don't overlook his other fare, like the Fantasma. The F 5s look sweet, and Ken is a master of making a mandolin look old, from well...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Convincing points for wife:

    Dear, I just saw a Harley down the street I'm going to buy, but I understand your concern, so in deference to you, I'll buy the Ellis instead.

    Dear, Joe is selling...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    Regardless of what you think, they asked you for mandolin, so don't sweat it. Perhaps they are looking for a new direction. Give it to them.
  24. Thread: Just a reminder

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    Just a reminder

    It has been ten months and a few seasons since I first strung up my mandolin build, and I was reminded last week when I went on a two store sampling binge, most every mandolin I played had a clarity...
  25. Thread: 99' F5 Fern info

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    Re: 99' F5 Fern info

    Well goin the club. Since I'll never be great at any one instrument, my goal is to suck at as many as possible.

    And, for the thousandth time, skill as nothing to do with owning a great instrument....
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