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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    Unlike a violin bridge most like a mandolin bridge to tilt slightly toward the tailpiece rather than being straight up. It helps when tuning and the drag of 8 strings pulling the bridge forward. I am...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    My brother and I went up to Vermont last week to visit Jake at the Wildwood Flower. Just to visit, I swear ;)
    We spent a couple hours playing with different instruments on his wall and shooting the...
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    Re: It Made the Mandolin Sound Better

    I'm not sure about the substance in question, but I recall musicians telling the audience this on dance gigs:

    "the more you drink, the better we sound".
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    Re: It Made the Mandolin Sound Better

    Sounds like I should hand some out to the audience.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Yes, yes I do. And they'd be right. (I think ... my sureness has surely become less assured due to all this surliness and discomfiture.) I think "got" is still acceptable, though. :confused:

    The...
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    Re: Best Banjo joke I've heard in a while

    There was an accordion at my house growing up. I think it belonged to my dad's uncle. He was from Cleveland and of Polish descent; polkas were likely involved. Nobody seriously played it, but us kids...
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    Re: Best Banjo joke I've heard in a while

    Say no more!
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  8. Re: A good reason to have more than one mandolin

    I may be a bit odd in this regard, but I actually like changing strings on my mandolins. I really like my mandolins and I feel as if I am somehow caring for them when I change their strings. In...
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    My experience has been that the ambient temperature is more of a determining factor than humidity. If the temperature drops my strings go sharp, and when the temperature rises the strings go flat. ...
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    I have read that when you play a string instrument your body temp warms it. When you put it in the case it cools down contracting the metal of the strings. So as the metal contracts the pitch tends...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I think it depends what kind of music you play, and indeed how you play.

    I am Scottish, and I nowadays use a .88 Dunlop pick. For my guitar and octave mandolin playing I use either a .73 Dunlop...
  12. Creating a solo video with my own backing track

    What is a simple way to make a video of a solo performance with my own accompaniment, considering I'm technologically challenged? I've been checking out apps (Android) that would allow me to post...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    Dark pubs with brown carpets and brown picks... shudder... been there done that!!
  14. Re: Octave in tune but lower frets are not?

    Sounds like your nut might be too high. Too much tension when you fret causes notes to go sharp?
  15. Re: Interesting picture of WW1 Russian mandolin / mandriola

    6 String balalaika!
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Hey Ma... Look what followed me home.

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    Can I keep it, Ma, pleeeeeze? I promise to learn how to play it :cool:
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  17. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    Just to show what was the way to hold a mandolin in the old bowlback-era books:

    https://www.themandolintuner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Holding-the-mandolin.jpg

    Plus, one can stand and...
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    Oh, wow, I get to go first...

    Well, I am in the minority of folks on this forum that love bowlback mandolins. I tend to play more Italian and other music rather than the style on the video, but...
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    If there's a real edge where your picking hand rests, just take a piece of 200 grit sandpaper and carefully round it off a little. Even a very slight round will make it more comfortable. I've done...
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    New Eastman Factory Videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5VzfrQa1qMu9qr9cxkNiaBPF1Ei2SAq4

    ^^^ Got an email this AM from Eastman with this new playlist. A nice peek into their shop.
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    If you hate it, send it back. If you're not sure, if it looks, feels, and sounds different it might be worth keeping and experimenting with different strings, picks, etc., etc. "Might" is the...
  22. Re: Renaissance cittern with 1/4 comma meantone fretting

    Or equally put of tune, depending on one's perspective. :confused:
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    It will take longer, be more complicated and cost you more than at present. You will also need a time machine as the EEC has not existed since 1993!
  24. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    https://www.goldsgym.com/
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    Re: Giraffe Bone Nuts

    Since the animals are in danger of extinction, I would not use the material or buy any instrument containing the material under any circumstances, whether it was documented or not.

    While I do not...
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