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  1. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    I don't why you only lose expensive sunglasses.

    You pay a lot of money for a pair of sunglasses, those things will disappear quicker than a pizza at a Weight Watchers convention.

    And you buy a...
  2. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    In my living room, where I hold a monthly jam, I have a pseudo-asian rug with a complicated multi-color design. I keep a jar for all the picks I find.
  3. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I started in woodwinds as well. Clarinet and then bassoon.

    I became jealous of the social playing a guitarists did. So in true contrarian fashion I went after bowl back mandolin. My plan was to be...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I have about an accumulation of mandolins. The purchase of each one is justified on the basis that I wanted it, and could afford it without going into debt or touching unassigned money.

    No...
  5. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    Of course, but that doesn't explain how we are able to keep track of car keys, wedding rings, thumb drives, and other things expensive, hard to replace, and whose loss is consequential, and we hardly...
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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    Pick thickness makes a noticeable difference in the sound of the mandolin. The pros of one or the other are your preference for the sound, of one, or the other.

    I prefer 0.7 mm for classical and...
  7. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    That mahogany is not fashionable among buyers high end instruments. :)

    There it makes a difference and it depends on what you like.
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    Music Emporium. First place I thought of.
  9. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    It really is no simpler than this.

    Other suggestions:

    Fasten your pick somehow to your car key. Then figure out a way not to lose it.

    Tape a $100 dollar bill to your pick. Then figure out a...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    All hale Rod Neep. Demonstrating the naked joy of a new mandolin. Watch this and you will no longer be confused as to why we keep wanting new ones.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDt-YKYrziY
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    There is some truth to that. You will save a bunch of money if you never see that thing you have wanted all your life and can't live without. :)
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I don't know any musicians, at any level of proficiency, professional or not, that eventually do not have more than one of whatever it is they play. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards,...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Alternative view:

    Don't try and fight nature. The pinky is not a fully independent finger. Like a pet on a leash, it is tethered to the ring finger. The pinky has independence and strength, but...
  14. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I knew a guy that would purchase expensive guitars, radio gear, and/or fishing gear, at full retail prices, enjoy the ownership for a month or two, and then sell them "on the secondary market" for a...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Great recommendation. There are quite a few easily available on line or at physical music stores. I don't think it matters which one you get. And you just work the book from the beginning. With your...
  16. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I think there are not enough data points to make any kind of defend-able conclusion. Four transactions out of how many, hundreds at least maybe into the thousands over enough time.

    Even so, a more...
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    Re: do many of you mix strings

    I have messed around with mixing from among various sets of strings. It hasn't, in my case, made enough difference to settle in on a mixed set. What makes the most difference to me is just changing...
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    Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    In performance, as opposed to jamming, I prefer that someone bent on innovation mess with the arrangement of the old time tune, perhaps even the chord choices, rather than change the tune. The tune...
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    Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    A curmudgeonly comment follows, that is probably not news to anyone, but I cannot seem to overcome my baser instincts and leave this alone.

    What I absolutely love about old time music is that we...
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    I agree that mandolins, and most musical instruments, are very visually appealing if not actually works of art. That to me is not enough, however, to leave them in a stand or on a wall, subject to...
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    I have thought of doing things like that. Years ago someone on the site found a bunch of bowl backs that had been previously picked over for anything remotely viable as in instrument. What was left...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    A while back, at a mixed jam, mixed in that we allowed a banjo or two, but did not cater to them by staying one key. With every key change they had to change tuning.

    I poked fun at them, saying...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I lucked out very early in my mandolinning. My first mandolin a Terada, was destroyed in a locked car in the summer heat. I played a Flatiron Mandola for a while, but then purchased a Gibson 1923 A2...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    What a beautiful mandolin.
  25. Thread: Happened to you?

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    Re: Happened to you?

    I held a house concert in my family room, and suddenly the hanging ceiling lamp sympathetically vibrated at almost f natural. Had to damp it with Kleenex or something once we figured out what was...
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