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  1. Thread: Solo builders

    by Mandobar
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    Re: Solo builders

    Br1ck, you are a conundrum. You say you want an education in mandolins, bad enough to suggest buying a plane ticket and do some travel, but when presented with the opportunity to play several very...
  2. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    I've an Ellis A4 and love it. It's an exceptional mandolin. I've also a Girouard oval, another long neck x-braced oval. The Girouard might be worth considering.

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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    A satin finish looks cheap in my opinion, in person up close. It looks like a half built instrument, like the builder ran out of funds or patience and said, "Let's just get this thing done and out of...
  4. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    No-one goes to a show to hear an instrument, they go to hear the player.

    Well, except for people from Mandolin Cafe - we would literally go to a show just to hear a particular instrument no...
  5. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    Take a day trip to Austin and go to Fiddlers Green. Play everything, then decide if a better mandolin is worth the cost. My money is on you saying 'yes'

    Then go have some good BBQ
  6. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    I’d say technique is 90% of the sound, maybe more. If you sound lousy on an Eastman, you’ll sound lousy on a Loar.

    I’ll note you commented on stuff for your instrument but not on stuff in your...
  7. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    One opinion is to buy an instrument better than you are and that removes one of the variables from the equation, it's definitely you that needs to improve.
  8. Re: Need help with information and Value of my new Mandolin

    Hi, welcome to the group. I'm not familiar with that model, and I didn't find much online either, but there are a few references to the Alcivar guitars, it seems the are more readily available in...
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    new (used) mandolin

    sadly, her in norway, getting ahold of a proper mandolin, isnt very easy. I did recently, however, manage to get a weber aspen 1 in mint condition, and so my journey from a low-end mandolin (cort...
  10. Re: Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    I've been using a TAD 35 and it's been working out great as an all around pick, I have a zouk and a banjo too, the pick is an .88 I believe so a good in between. On mandolin I was previously using...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears cannot necessarily be trusted in such cases, either...
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    Re: Is this too junky (ebay find lol)

    Those are terrible. Stay well clear of it.
  13. “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    The Mandolin Cafe administrator teased with this line before the NAMM show. I must confess my apparent ignorance for not seeing how the finally released info was anything that would “rock the...
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    A Willing Vessel

    I think I first became interested in a mandola when the snakehead H2, nicknamed “The Centaur,” turned up at ETSU back in 2015:
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    Re: Monel strings

    I've tried the Curt Mangan and Martin Monel mandolin strings (not the D'Addarios yet) and felt the Mangans were quite a bit better than the Martins. Seemed like better tone, volume and presence to...
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    Re: Monel strings

    +1 for Curt Mangan monel strings. They sound fantastic on my Weber Scarlet River...better than the D’Addario phosphorus I had been using. Not sure about the loudness, but the monel add an extra...
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    Re: Monel strings

    I tried several strings on my A mandolin. It is a great mandolin but leans toward the modern sound and I like the traditional dry woody sound. With the Curt Mangan Monel strings I get close to that...
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    Fine as frog's hair ...

    ... the figured back of this Girouard from the classifieds. Wow.

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    Girouard G5 Concert

    A new mandolin family instrument has been added to The Music Emporium inventory:

    Girouard G5 Concert

    View instrument...
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    Re: Northfield mandolins

    I had an F5s and an F2s. Nice mandolins. I still have the flat top octave, but the mandolins are gone.........victims of Ellis infatuation. LOL.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Thank you everyone. Yes I'm here and appreciate all your help. I was busy practicing before LOL.
    The consensus seems to be that I should stay with what I have, it is after all a lovely instrument....
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    No one can know for sure how successful (or unsuccessful) a revoicing would be, even by someone who knows their stuff like Randy Wood. Also... no one can tell you what's best for you.

    If it were...
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    Entered the Jehovah Witness Protection Program recently, still pushing the mandala forward....Happy new year!
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    Maybe you could switch gears, rather than putting it down, if you really don't feel like putting it down.

    For example, stop playing the tune and focus on technique - maybe tremolo - and work on...
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    Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    Thanks, Hank. That's news to me.
    There are quite a few tunes with a similar history, moving from one style of music and another. In the 1990's, I asked my Folklore students in Newfoundland what tune...
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