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  1. Re: Can we talk about tuning mechanisms for a sec?

    This^^ IME, the tuning machines are almost never the problem. Usually, the nut slots are too tight or are binding at the back edge where the angle changes. Changing them for aesthetic...
  2. Re: Can we talk about tuning mechanisms for a sec?

    It is my belief that tuners are the least likely cause of tuning issues. Think about a company like Eastman. Do you believe they really make a decision to put tuners that don't work on their...
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    Sierra has much smaller hands than Mike Marshall. I'm only throwing this in here because the comparison was made between the way these 2 professionals (masters) grip the pick. I do not mean to...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I find it interesting that no one disputes when someone says `I can hear that the strings I put on two months ago are dead' but if they say `my mandolin sounds better a month after I got it' no one...
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    Re: Condenser mic for live and home recording

    It's possible to really overthink a question like this. John has a simple interface and a modest budget. If you're interested in the one mic performance thing, give it a try. This is a mono recording...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    I’ve never believed there is any “right” or “wrong” way to hold the pick. Just use whatever is the most efficient way to get the tone and speed you are trying to achieve. While I see lots of great...
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    Re: Blue Chip meltdown

    I'm glad folks like their blue chips. I bought a couple a few years back and never really "got" what was exceptional about them. They were fine but I liked the feel and tone with my Wegen M200's...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    It is worth mentioning that the some makers of musical instruments and some salesmen routinely conflate the possibility of their used products rising in value with the very much more remote...
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    Re: Richlite bridges

    As a mandolin builder, I see no reason to ever not use a 2" wide wooden fingerboard. They are cheap and readily available, regardless of your wood choice. When mandolin fingerboards are no longer...
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    Re: Strum, chop, mute?

    If you aren't doing so, you should play chop chords rather than a muted strum. Same space isn't so much the problem as the fact that you could get the same effect by whacking a table with a...
  11. Re: Seeking Advice: Seller Misrepresented Condition.

    Sounds like you like the mandolin, but wish it were in better shape. It also sounds like you like the mandolin, but don't like the way it was described. So, you can look for a nicer one and get a...
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    Re: radius fretboard why?

    I like flat. Doesn't make sense to me reaching the G string on downhill. Especially with pinky. I'd prefer an opposite radius there :)
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Extremely misguided answers? Well, ok then, maybe you could offer some real guidance.

    1. What strings did Gibson recommend for the H1 in 1905? I can't find that information anywhere. So, how would...
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    Re: R.I.P. Mac Wiseman

    I guess this raises the question of what constitutes "first" vs. "second generation." Leaving aside Bill Monroe's and Flatt & Scruggs well-known timelines, the Stanley Brothers started recording...
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    Re: If You Were Famous . . .

    The best mandolin players I have heard were not famous. Fame is a choice. There are great famous mandolin players out there but some who are very good do not want fame. It does feed the ego...
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    Re: Need Help Progressing

    If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. (Henry Ford, attrib.) If you want to progress your playing by playing by ear, and learning more difficult parts, then do so. After a while,...
  17. Thread: Chords

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    Re: Chords

    I can't remember whether this has been pointed out yet, but one benefit of working on 4-finger (not just 4-string) chords from the beginning is precisely to stretch your hands so that you'll be able...
  18. Thread: Chords

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    Re: Chords

    Two finger, three finger, four finger, five ... Okay, so you've really only got four fingers among your five digits, I only wrote that because it sounds like a nursery rhyme. Starting over ...

    Two...
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    Re: what would you do

    I would never go back. Life is too short to support people like that.
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    Trying again

    Since the September dust-up in which I was involved, I've been "lurking," as they say, and not posting on the Cafe. I must confess to some hurt feelings; whether deserved or not, up to others to...
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    Re: Don't be nervous

    That's what I thought when the spectre of newbies taking over the session was raised as a possible reason for an exclusive jam. How common is this scenario really? I can only say that I've never seen...
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    Re: Don't be nervous

    Inspired by sbhikes and this thread, I headed down to the "Celtic Kitchen Party" this afternoon, only to find a group of confused people standing outside a locked pub. My sweetheart called the...
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    Re: Don't be nervous

    We'll agree to disagree then. :)

    To my mind, there is no "one size fits all" rule for jams, where beginners should have automatic entitlement to participate. I believe advanced players have just...
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    Re: Tips on reaching the F Chord

    Good advice above. You also may want to try similar shapes up the neck that don't have quite the reach, but require an angled hand position and a stretched pinky. I'm thinking of a chop A. When you...
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    Re: Do i need an amp?

    It kind of sounds like he just wanted to sell you an amp if that is what he implied. A Mandolin is an acoustic instrument. Any pickups or mics we use are in an attempt to get as close as possible...
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