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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    Unfortunately it comes down to the mandolin, and it usually costs quite a bit to get a mandolin that functions well up there.
    Most of my mandolins are pretty useless above the 14th fret.
    BUT my...
  2. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    - Started on Piano at age 8 in 1976, but never really grabbed me.

    - Studied Renaissance Lute for about 4 years starting at age 10. I still have my lute but don't play it much.

    - Played...
  3. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Lessons at both Peghead Nation and Artistworks are very good.
    They have beginner through advanced.

    The monthly fee is about half of one lesson with a teacher in person.
    They are a really good...
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    Re: favourite strings

    I have been using Straight Up Strings Mediums, and I really love them.
    They are balanced across the strings and have a great bright tone.
    I have tried many different strings and found myself...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    I say don't bother.
    I always remove the pick guard first thing.
    If you have good right hand technique, you don't need one.
  6. Re: Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    That is a little different.
    It is basically a 12 string guitar, up an octave.
    That is 6 courses of two strings.
    The one I posted is four courses of three strings

    Although, I guess you could...
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    Bluegrass Jams in Lake Tahoe

    Hey all,

    I’m in Tahoe for a week or so, and was wondering if anyone knew of any bluegrass jams happening in the area.
    I know it is a long shot, but thought I would ask.
    I have my Northfield,...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    I would think that for a beginner it is more important to have good action at the nut.
    Badly cut nuts, where the strings are high off the fret coming out of the nut, make mandolins very hard to...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    Awesome!!
    You will not regret that decision.
  10. Odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string (four courses) mandolin

    Hey all,

    I came across this odd Oscar Schmidt 12 string mandolin at a store in Marin.
    It has four courses of three strings.
    Was this layout common at some point, or is this just an oddity of...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    I have played a bunch of the high end Kentuckys, I own a J Bovier F5 Special, and I have played a number of Northfields including F5s, Big Mon, and Artist Series.

    The J Bovier F5 is a nice...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Yup, looks like it.
    I saw a Northfield Octave recently that had a ton of Silking on the top.
    It was a beautiful instrument.
    Sounded amazing too.
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    Most inexpensive mandolins start to give up as you go past the 12th fret.
    My decent but lesser mandolin starts to get really plinky at 12th fret, and then starts to fail to give any sort of useful...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Since posting this I have been reading a bit about it elsewhere.
    Apparently engelmann spruce has particularly long medullary rays, which are what makes this pattern figuring.
    They show up in...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    The mando in my question is also a Northfield Artist, so could be from the same wood stock.
    That one in your picture is a 5 bar Artist model, and mine is too.
    Very cool.
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Nice figuring.
    The mando in question is Engelmann topped too.
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    On craigslist you have to put a price, so sometimes if people want offers made, or they are selling a group of instruments with separate prices, they put a dollar, just to hold the price spot.
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    I got a shot from a different angle and upped the contrast for a better view of the grain.
    The question has been answered, so this is just for reference for future viewers.

    180565
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I love the look of a beat up Ajr.
    It is one of my favorite mandolins for looks.
    It is simple and just meant to be played.

    I say keep the general beat up appeal, but do a good clean and then...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    From the fact that the wavy sinking radiates from under the bridge foot, I assume they did that on purpose.
    I think if I had that piece of wood with that radiating pattern, I would try to get it...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    The top also has it in the Scroll, where it is easier to see.

    180458
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    What is this wood figuring called?

    Hey all,

    Just wondering if there is a name for this kind of wood figuring (see Photo)?
    Im talking about the wavey grain pattern, radiating out from the bridge base.
    It continues around the F...
  23. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    I would try Straight Up Strings Mediums.
    They have a balanced tone across the courses.
    I think the E and G are slightly heavier relative to the other two courses.
    Might help with your E string. ...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    For me, Sitar and Fiddle.

    Fiddle for the bowing and fretless fingerboard.

    Sitar is hard on several levels.
    Sitar is technically difficult to play because you play mostly horizontally across...
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    Re: Your average $150,000 guitar

    Hideous... IMHO
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