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  1. Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    Lovely instrument, I keep think about one of these, what scale length and string gauges did you use?
  2. Re: I published a book of my original compositions for oud

    Thanks, what do the little flags by the key signature mean?
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    Thanks for the video John, but am I brave enough to run the test on my Calace :disbelief:

    I am enjoying playing it today, so maybe not.
  4. Re: Irish or Italian? Does pick direction matter?

    Cool tune thanks :)

    I don't know right from wrong, but for what it's worth I would slide the g - g# and alternate pick the run down.
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    My banjo killer is a banjo


    a mandolin banjo ;)

    I might have to give in and use an amp with the OM though, the G string really gets lost.
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    Mandolino & Theorbo Duet.

    https://youtu.be/CZme5SwFJyI

    This is rather lovely, there are two other videos in the series.
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    Re: Frankdolins' Banjo-Mandolin

    Nice, I have a Windsor Pyxe that I was given a few years ago, it gets quite a lot of use as it means I don't have to lug an amp about. It will be 'delighting' the audience at a local craft market on...
  8. Thread: Calace labels

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    Re: Calace labels

    I though I'd share my label, the different thing is that the address is crossed out, maybe the company moved around 1916 and they were using up some old ones.

    194867

    For reference, here is the...
  9. Thread: Mandolin Banjo?

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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    I have got both :grin:

    I have a vintage Windsor Pyxe that I was given. When we could still do them I started taking it along to folk band practice and it worked really well, I don't need an amp...
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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    I use a cheap & cheerful Aklot AMT-560 tuner/metronome that I got from ebay. Works well as a metronome, even gives you a flashing light and sweeping metronome hand, I think it was around a fiver.
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    Re: Pickboy “Mandolin” Picks.

    I painted the fat end of my Dogals with my daugher's nail varnish for just that reason.

    You could try Gallis too, quite a bit bigger than the Dogal but I like them.
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    Re: The Banshee on Octave Mandolin

    Good one, what do you play it with to make a set? I tend to put it after 'The Maid Behind the Bar'.
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    Re: Can you name this Italian tune?

    Thanks Jim, great video, I want to put my dancing shoes on. We did play it at that sort of speed in the evening session, but I had the accordion player to cover up all my fluffs.

    It seems like...
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    Can you name this Italian tune?

    I learnt this at a folk week last year, but the tutor didn't know it's name.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVmUw7mXo2s

    Sorry about the gurning :disbelief:
  15. Re: Yet Another “What Strings Do Yiu Use?” Thread !!!

    FWIW I am running .016, .024, .032, .052 on my 20" Buchanan, which it seems happy with, although the recommended gauges are .016, .024, .036, .054.
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    Re: Banish Misfortune

    We posted a set of English Jigs the other week :


    https://youtu.be/5WHgdU9U67g

    For me the most English of them is the 'Lincolnshire Poacher' if only because we were taught it as a song in...
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    Monday Musicians, Welsh Waltzes

    We made another video, still mostly non mandolin, I have defected to tenor banjo, but there is a rather nice Flatiron on here.


    https://youtu.be/ibEfogkDUdA
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    Re: Mongrel Technique

    I learnt using the Ranieri books, after an ad hoc grounding in folk, and would tend to play that era of music in his style and anything else with much less tremolo -although one lady did accuse me of...
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    Re: Advice please! Pietro Tonelli Mandolin

    It's one of the plainer models, and I'm not sure how well the ones from the '60s are rated, but it's not new and not antique so maybe it's that. I have seen 'nearly new' basic models for less. I have...
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    Re: Advice please! Pietro Tonelli Mandolin

    Yes, I have always liked the styling of those and the back and sides look to be of lovely pieces of wood. The workshop is worth a visit, I had my banjo fettled there, very evocative.
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    Re: Advice please! Pietro Tonelli Mandolin

    As you are in London then John Alvey Turner in Camden has a couple in your price range : https://johnalveyturner.co.uk/mandolins/

    You could also try Hobglin in Rathbone place, I think they are...
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    Re: New mandolin advice for Italian Music

    A bit late to the party but John Alvey Turner have a few https://johnalveyturner.co.uk/mandolins/
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    I installed modern tuners in my old Vega Style F, messed up the first hole and headstock by trying to drill it out, repaired it, learned my lesson and reamed out the rest with sandpaper wrapped...
  24. Thread: Take Your Pick

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    Re: Take Your Pick

    In the video Ralf seemed to like the Jim Dunlop celluloid plectrum as well, I tried stopping the video but couldn't see a model number, on Dunlop's site they have lots of celluloid plectrums. Did...
  25. Re: New and recent Tenor, best than vintage Martin's and Gibson ?

    Well, that's what I keep telling myself, but maybe I'm just decrepit.
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