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  1. Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    I currently have about 20 stringed instruments. One guitar is on loan to my daughter - I don't think she's playing it much. I'll confess none of the 5 fiddles are getting much attention. I rarely...
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    Re: new questions

    If by production you mean factory built like Gibson or Collings, you're right.

    But there are several small shop American luthiers who can build you a great hand made in the US brand new mandolin...
  3. Re: Tune Mandola to Mandolin Tuning & What Strings to UseI'm an a

    This question comes up a lot. This is my standard answer:

    A mandola is tuned C-G-D-A. A mandolin is tuned G-D-A-E. The G, D and A strings on the two instruments are tuned the same.

    All you...
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    I just put Curt Mangan "fusion matched" bronze strings on my mandola and mandocello and they are the best sounding strings I've ever used. For my F5 mandolin its been DR Rare for the past couple...
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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    Over 40 years ago I started playing guitar and used the old Jim Dunlop grey 0.73's or black 0.88. I started mandolin 11 years ago and tried these same picks - just no good. Too thin and floppy,...
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    Re: Octave String Pairings

    The easiest way to do this is take a spare A string and pair it with a G. Tune it to a G one octave above the regular G. Do the same thing with an extra E string paired with a regular D, but tuned...
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    Re: Lutherie Part of an Innovative Program

    Just saw a segment featuring John of Troublesome Creek on CBS evening news! Very nice!
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    Re: In case or on stand?

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    Re: In case or on stand?

    Not case, nor stand. On the wall in my insulated, temperature and humidity controlled finished basement. Accessible, ready, not easily knocked over.

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    There are way too many...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    Gotta love John Prine! Good job, I like your interpretation of it!
  11. Re: Article: The Mandolin Store Moving to Tennessee

    soliver - did you ever stop by to Sawnee Mountain Music in Cumming? One of the best mando selections I've ever seen! Unfortunately it appears they are closed now.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Get a beginner violin book. The tuning is the same. I started on violin decades ago as a schoolkid. Being able to sightread is a skill worth earning. I've been asked to play with a choral group...
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    Re: tone woods for Octave Mandolin

    I've had a redwood and maple mandola for several years now. Magical tone. I also have a redwood and maple mandocello that's been with me many years. Overall it's my favorite instrument I've ever...
  14. Re: SongwritingCircle.com podcast: Episode 1 published!

    I attempted to hit the "thanks" button and accidentally hit the "report" button! Sorry, I am interested in great songwriters and in awe of those that do it well. I'll be checking out your podcast!
  15. Thread: Pickups

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    Re: Pickups

    I've installed the JJB PPS-200 in over 20 instruments from fiddle to mando, guitar, banjo and upright bass. Works great through an acoustic amp or HI-Z PA input. If plugging into a standard PA...
  16. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Playing with others, regardless of your or their ability, is IMO extremely important in progressing as a musician. There will always be players above and below your ability.

    Given a choice its...
  17. Thread: Che Apalache

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    Re: Che Apalache

    I'm looking forward to seeing them at Wintergrass in a month!
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    Re: Really Basic String Question

    Here is what the good folks at DR Strings said:

    "In theory we would say yes, they are basically all the same but there are 4 wire companies in the US and a couple more worldwide. We imagine they...
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    Re: Really Basic String Question

    I asked this same question of the good folks at d'Addario and DR. The d'Addario people answered that "for the most part, most are the same but not all. Some are also tinned or coated differently. ...
  20. Re: My only Mandolin's nut got damaged, what is my best option?

    For your first nut you should consider getting a preshaped blank. I bought a Tusq for my first nut job.

    Starting with a rectangular bone blank requires a lot more cutting and shaping. Even with...
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    Really Basic String Question

    I've been playing stringed instruments over 40 years now, but I have a real noob question:

    Are the plain (unwound) strings all the same metal? I mean if I took the A's and E's from a pack of...
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    I just never can see categorically discounting a potentially useful tool from your toolbox. If you have a pinky, and its not deformed, atrophied, damaged, etc. why not explore using it? What's the...
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    Re: Gifted mandolin

    Pull off the resonator. The builder's name might be on the dowel rod. That's the case on my 1930's William C. Stahl banjolin.
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    Re: 10-year mandolin anniversary

    My 10 year mandoversary kind of slid by unnoticed in the summer of 2018. Taking up mandolin at the age of 44 brought on a musical reawakening for me.

    I started on violin at 10, then got into...
  25. Thread: Adam Steffey

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Adam Steffey

    I heard a radio interview with him last year where he said he was moving into other directions, even doing some electronic sampling kind of stuff.
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