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  1. Re: Pay The Reckoning's "Irish Mandolin" Webpage - Now Resurrecte

    Hi Aidan,

    Great to see these tunes again. As I mentioned in your other thread, I made a local backup of your site back in 2006 -- there are 66 MP3s on my hard disk. If you send me a PM with your...
  2. Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    I have also never met Evelyn, but I've had extensive email exchanges with her over a period of many years. We had planned to meet up when she came to the UK earlier this year, but the logistics did...
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    Re: Hector the Hero

    Some years ago, I found some very nice harmonies for Hector The Hero on a Japanese website:

    https://celtnofue.com/media/files/score/Hector_the_hero.pdf

    (PDF also attached)

    This setting in G...
  4. Re: "Ceccherini" Bowl Back Mandolin on eBay

    Speaking of missing parts, it may be worth noting that all these Ceccherinis originally had a rather pretty tailpiece cover/sleeve protector, as shown in the 1914 advert. These were quite different...
  5. Re: "Ceccherini" Bowl Back Mandolin on eBay

    Sorry I'm a bit late on this thread. but picking up on some of the discussion points:

    1. What the Sparks book says is that: (a) Francia was endorsing Ceccherini mandolins and played a custom...
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    Re: Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    The good thing about starting with an arrangement from Musescore.com is that all scores come with the engraving files in the free Musescore software. That means transposing key or changing clefs is...
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    Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    I've been playing around with two very different Tchaikovsky pieces, both of which I think work nicely on mandolin:

    P.I. Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young/Children's Album (Op. 39, 1878)
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    Re: Mandocello Specific Techniques

    At least on my Suzuki, fretting higher up the neck isn't particularly difficult. What is problematic is cleanly fretting on the bass courses, because of the thicker string gauges and the resulting...
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    Re: Mandocello Specific Techniques

    One thing to keep in mind is that the scale length of a full size violoncello is 27 3/8", whereas Gibson mandocellos have a scale of 24.75" and some mandocellos -- such as my own Suzuki -- have only...
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    Thanks for that, Benjamin. Are you referring to an edition in G clef transposed to a different pitch/key? I was thinking of simply having the universal notation edition written one octave lower, in...
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    Re: New Bickford Mandocello Method

    Thanks, Benjamin -- very useful! Are you still planning on preparing an edition in octave treble clef, i.e. one octave lower than the universal notation? That would be useful for OM and guitar...
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    Re: Pettine Method copyright?

    I think that's because this is a thread from 2010 which has just been resurrected today -- I believe the Federmandolino Calace scores were only made available online in 2013.

    Martin
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    Thanks, John.

    I agree it's functionally similar to the De Meglio system, except that De Meglio still allows the bridge to be moved (within limits) for intonation purposes by fixing only one of the...
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    Re: Most Mandocellos at CMSA

    Thanks a lot, Phil -- sound like fun was had!

    Quick question: I see that you're playing a Freshwater mandocello. If I remember right, when they were still being made David's website advertised...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    That's a strange hybrid between a floating bridge and a fixed pin bridge: it needs the tailpiece from floating bridge but needs to be fixed to the top in order to prevent the torque generated by the...
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    Re: Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

    I don't see any Scottish gigs either (nor, alas, venues anywhere near me), but as far as I can see the following four dates have been announced:

    14th March: Kilkenny TradFest, The Hub, Kilkenny...
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    Re: Back in action

    Nothing wrong with your memory. That was a good night out, and fun to play with Dan, Kevin and you (even if my playing at that time was still pretty basic -- I've worked on that since then...).
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    Re: Back in action

    Hi Aidan,

    Great to see your name again! I well remember the Mandolin Project site you got off the ground back in the days -- still have a backup of most of the recordings on that one. It was the...
  19. Re: "Ceccherini" Bowl Back Mandolin on eBay

    Hard to tell the condition from that listing -- the photos are pretty fuzzy. I don't think it says 1895 on the label; as Peter has said I'm not aware of any Ceccherini being dated. Indeed, I...
  20. Re: Spring Suite, May 2019 for OM or Mandocello

    Many thanks, John, for another great addition to the solo MC/OM repertoire, and lovely playing on the OM. As with the Winter Suite, I have now made my own recording on solo mandocello, a fifth below...
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    Thanks for doing this work!

    I have to admit that although I know that bass clef is the least awkward option and my own bass clef reading is slowly improving, I find it a lot easier to sightread...
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    Re: Gelas mandolin family at Bernunzio's

    Thanks for that link. I note that the video is titled "mandoloncello", but they never mention that name in the video, nor do they specify the tuning. It's four strings and played upright with an...
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    Tunes from the BMG Magazine 1947-50

    Michael Reichenbach kindly posted a link a little while ago to an online archive of most back issues of the BMG Magazine, a publication issued by Clifford Essex in the UK from 1903 until it was...
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    Re: Big Muddy has fret buzz?

    In the context of this thread, worth noting that the instrument in Frank's photos appears to be a Mid-Mo/Big Muddy so that the example transfers directly to the OP's situation.

    Martin
  25. Re: Developing techniques with Mazas: Etude Op.36 No.12

    Thanks a lot, Toomas -- sounds great! I've tried fingerpicking the mandolin in the past but never got very satisfactory results.

    We had a discussion and some examples of the Mazas etudes on...
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