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  1. Re: I missed my Schmaltz! (or: virtuoso violin music on a 4-strin

    I sure wouldn't recommend starting out on electric violin as your first exposure to the instrument. The main problem is the way it will pick up and exaggerate all the scritching, scratching, and...
  2. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Ugh, no kidding. Not just tacky colors, but painting the headstock to match the body? That can work with a unique enough design, but on a Strat copy it just looks awful.
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I would submit that it's still a difference in degree (and not quality).

    Maybe it's different in your group, in which case you may be closer to how professional orchestra members can get off the...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    True, but I have noticed a phenomenon with people who pick up an instrument later in life as an "Adult learner" in any genre involving sheet music, where it becomes a security blanket and they don't...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Right, hand-carry of Appendix II wood across borders is not a problem, but it does affect more than just businesses. It affects every musician who sells on Ebay or other outlets, where the shipping...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    That's a good argument for anyone who has a selection of decent quality mandolins. In this case however, the OP is talking about replacing a cheaply made mandolin with a plywood top, currently...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I used to worry about that a little bit, back when I was doing more gigs. The way I rationalized it, was that chances were pretty low that something would happen at the actual gig, so I wouldn't...
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    Nuthin' fancy, just hot dogs on the grill, BBQ beans, homemade coleslaw, chips. We're usually low-key on the 4th. No family in town, staying at home to avoid the tourist traffic (this small town goes...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    That may not be universal for fiddlers. The two local fiddlers I know well, play only their best instrument while still owning a few others as backups or loaners. One is a local violin/fiddle teacher...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    The best argument I can think of for sticking to one mandolin, is if your available mandolins are in a "vertical" range of playability, build quality, and tone ranging from entry-level to much better...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    It will be interesting to watch this play out, but I can't see Gibson taking anyone to court.

    That video was the equivalent of the cease-and-desist letter a lawyer sends when they know they don't...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Club!

    First, congratulations on finding some people who want to play together! That's the important first step for any club, jam, or session.

    I think this is going to be your main challenge, but first...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Any decent tuner should pick up both the 12th fret and the harmonics, yes. I think the value of a good tuner comes in when checking whether you need to make further small adjustments to the bridge or...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    Perlman makes a very good point in that clip, which I've heard in other conversations on the Cafe and elsewhere. It doesn't matter how much time you spend practicing, if all you're practicing are bad...
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    Re: Mandolin Stand Recommendations

    Because my S.O. is a fiddler and I play mandolin, we have a bunch of different fiddle/mandolin stands scattered around the house. An Ingles, a couple of Hercules "grabber" stands, some other things. ...
  16. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    I'm not trying to start an argument really, but I was a drummer in Rock bands in my teenage years. Good enough to be hired for a few sessions at a local pro studio before I shifted over to fretted...
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    Re: Paddy Fahy RIP

    I posted this link (posted by someone else earlier) on thesession.org, it's a field recording of Paddy Fahy in his home, playing tunes from 1972, a mix of his own and other tunes:
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    Re: Remic microphones

    At the microphone end, it's a proprietary, gold plated and very tiny screw-on connector to the thin wire that comes out from the mic. At the other end is another tiny screw-on connector to the XLR...
  19. Re: Any help identifying this beautiful instrument?

    Or a leg rest for a seated, lefty player. :)
  20. Re: So what would a 27" scale mandocello sound like?

    The 27" scale wouldn't work for me, that's for sure, because I would want to play chords as well as just double-stops. At least those I could reach! You can still play out of a barre shape and hit a...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    I have both the older (silver) and newer (black) versions. I don't notice any real difference in accuracy or ability to pick up the sound in a noisy environment between the two. The advantage of the...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    For as long as I've been active here on the Cafe, a "what's a good tuner?" thread invariably turns into a long thread of posts about "What I like and What I use." Which has value, but unless you've...
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    I noticed the OP also posted the question over on thesession.org, so I assumed ITM. :mandosmiley:



    Irish session dynamics are just different. A big part of that is how harmonically weird the...
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    It's not an ironclad rule, but it's a convention in Irish trad sessions that mandolins play melody, not accompaniment.

    I think the main reason is that the mandolin pitch range is exactly the same...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    One of the unspoken benefits or detriments of the Mandolin Cafe, depending on how you look at it, is that eventually you will desire an octave mandolin. Those of us who arrive at mandolin after years...
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