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    Re: Chords to notes? How?

    Learn the whole fretboard and this will no longer be an issue. It really sounds like you're asking for a quick workaround to avoid having to do this, but any workaround will continue to limit you as...
  2. Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    The new scan is very nice, but I wish you had kept the extra three pages of advertisements and whatnot. Those period things are fun to look at now even though they're not strictly essential to the...
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    Re: What is the "Must Have" Mandolin Book(s)?

    I second the Paul Fox book -- excellent all around.

    I have not read the Walter Carter book, but it's in my Amazon shopping cart now. Thanks!
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    Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    You can change mine to Craig D.
  5. Re: Just upgraded my iphone for the first time in nine years. :)

    Upgrading from an iPhone 6 to a iPhone 11 Pro was quite a shock for me -- in a good way. Battery life is far better, everything is faster, etc.

    I use InsTuner, a general chromatic tuner app. It's...
  6. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Craig D.
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    Re: Best Armrest

    Maybe you aren't tightening it enough? That looks like a Cumberland armrest, the same as mine (except mine is gold-colored). Mine also touches the top only with the edge of the cork, but it doesn't...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Someone else knows, I expect, but I would guess triangle-cut tortoise shell.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy 1890s Advertisments

    Slightly off-topic, maybe, but how would you describe the differences in sound or feel between vintage L&H and Gibson mandos? I've only played Gibsons (and an old Martin that sounded nice, if kind of...
  9. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    There could very well be new KM-630's in stores that just haven't been sold yet, but the company's web site no longer lists it.
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  10. Re: Loar 520E, Kentucky 630, Loar 590E or Eastman 315

    First, you have my sympathy... I'd hate to be in a position where I had to mail-order an acoustic instrument and couldn't try it out first. There are always little differences between one instrument...
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    Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    Yeah, that last acknowledgement is the problem. Everyone's opinions will be different because they're all extrapolating from different data.

    Someone once said (I read it here on MandoCafe, so it...
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    This is something you learn by doing. The more you try to sight-read, the better you'll get at it. The goal, ultimately, is not to read notes one at a time and play them, but to see whole chords and...
  13. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Craig D.
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    Re: Best Armrest

    The only mandolin armrest I've used is the one from Cumberland Acoustics, and I'm happy with it. Installation was simple; it protects my '23 A-jr from my arm rubbing against it; and I don't find it...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone pick

    Dunlop Primetones are among my favorite picks (particularly the Triangle and Standard shapes at 1.5 or 2mm), along with Dunlop Big Stubby 3mm in Lexan (purple) and Wegen M250.
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    It's not just the thickness of the pick, it's the material and the shape as well. A 3mm Dunlop Big Stubby made of nylon sounds different than the same pick made of lexan (Dunlop makes both). And...
  16. Re: Where does the strap go on a Strad-o-lin (no end button)?

    My Gibson A-jr doesn't have a strap button either, so I just play sitting down. I actually prefer that anyway, since sitting makes it easier to not rest the back of the instrument against my torso...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    Interesting thoughts. My own experience has taught me that lack of pointiness actually makes for smoother tremolo. A thick, stuff, rounded, beveled pick like a Wegen M250 makes fast, controlled...
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    Re: New picks - Flow, Wegen, Primetones

    I've been favoring the Dunlop Big Stubby (Lexan, 3mm) lately for the brilliant tone I get from it, but I also like the Primetone 1.5mmm Triangle (512P1.5) and 2mm Standard (510P2.0). The Wegen TF140...
  19. Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    This PDF is better than the one on Goodin's site. The images are in better focus and the contrast is higher. It also appears to be a newer printing than Goodin's, judging from the price change (2...
  20. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    11.85" would be truly remarkable (not to mention unusable), but that one is actually 11.85mm. :) It would be interesting to try one of those, but I think 3mm is about my limit.
  21. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I've always used thin celluloid picks on guitar (around .6mm) and somewhat thicker ones on bass guitar (around 1mm) but for mandolin I prefer much stiffer picks made of different materials, typically...
  22. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The one on the left looks like a Gibson A-something snakehead to me. The other one definitely isn't a Gibson, though I don't know what it is.
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    There's nothing wrong with using any pick you like. The Fenders are fine, but Dunlop Primetone and Big Stubby are also quite nice. And there's always Wegen if you feel like splurging; I like the...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    My '23 snakehead A-Jr is the best-sounding mandolin I've ever come across. There really is something special about those early '20s instruments. I recently played a 1907 Gibson H-1 mandola, but while...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    This thread seems incredibly confused. The OP asked about "round-core" strings but most of the responses talk about flatwound strings. Isn't the shape of the core separate from the type of winding...
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