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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    The other thing that hasn't been mentioned in 'natural relicing' is the acid content of people's sweat. Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughn literally burned the finish off their stratocasters....
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Not a big Eastman fan here, and I'm ambivalent re the whole 'relic-ing' thing. I have to say though that you did a really nice job on that 315 Doug.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Looks believable to me, Doug! Good job!
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I applaud your efforts if only for the improvement over the "blotchy" finish!
  5. Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) has new duo recording

    They aren't all mandolin tunes, but you're likely to enjoy Andrew and Emily's newly released stripped-down versions of their year-old Watchhouse recordings.

    https://watchhouseband.com/

    I'm sure...
  6. Darren Nicholson on obtaining his Lloyd Loar F-5

    This is a pretty cool story...

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    Re: tree poaching / instruments

    Bruce has many links on his Orcas Island Tonewoods Facebook page to these stories.
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    Really? They're pretty easy to wound - their skins are quite vulnerable - which most of the time is good enough. :whistling: But yeah, perhaps actually killing them ... They do seem to propagate all...
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    Don't be silly. You can't kill a banjo.
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    My banjo killer is a mandolin! :) It's a teens Gibson A, and holy wow it's got some volume. Actually, I've got two of them - one's in the shop, and we should be reuniting in a month or so - and both...
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    Re: Randy Wood Two-Point at Carter's

    That mandolin has appeared on the Cafe before, though not in a setting for sale. See photo below from the interview we did with Roland in 2010. Below the photo in the article is this information -...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    When I was a kid playing mostly classical I used Pirastro Eudoxa or Olive Label gut core, they weren't so expensive then. On that fiddle (a nice but weather temperamental 1885 Collin-Mezin) they...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    And bridges. I know several many fiddlers who have flattened their bridge, making it much easier to get some of the three string "high lonesome" harmonies.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Mandolinists and mandolinners have perhaps some similar mental blocks. I am not sure. I know when I first ventured into the world of classical mandolin, I greatly under appreciated the scintillating...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Coming back to a mundane level on 'fiddle world', one difference that will hit anyone who plays fiddle is the cost of a really good set of strings - $80 for say Evah Pirazzi or Obligato. Cellists...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Being able to read notation can be useful for even the best 'ear' players, because after a while you get to be able to read a tune and hear it in your head as you go. Say you're playing with some...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Well I use learning both ear and notation in fiddle and mandolin playing. One of the useful things in reading and hearing at the same time is one gets the feel of what the book is saying through...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    All this violin talk isn't helping my curiosity in maybe sorta wanting to check one out. Home player now so constantly practicing guitar and mandolin. I own several Eastman instruments so I've looked...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    In case you haven't seen this... it's fascinating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-rOvWeV8k

    The thing about violins is that they differ so widely with regard to response, tone, volume, and...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Violins are made in sizes .. 1/2, 3/4 & 4/4..
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I'm losing track of what is being discussed here. But my particular 'axe to grind' is in killing 'attitudes' in favor in supporting knowledge.

    So here's my take so far:

    There are a lot of...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I'm enjoying the conversations on this thread, with lots of interesting observations and analyses. It's fun seeing where some of these threads meander after the original post.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Just now seeing this thread and there are a lot of wordy posts that honestly I haven't gone through entirely. But it seems there is a lot of speculation about fiddlers, instruments, strings, bows,...
  24. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    She plays her Rickard a lot. In fact, last time I saw her play she played her entire set on it. It’s a half fretless.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I had the privilege of playing in a bluegrass band 25 some years ago with fiddle player named Kenny Bennett. He was born down near Beckley, WV sometime around 1930. Raised in a log cabin and...
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