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  1. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    I do that with my mandoloncellos, bowlback & A bodied, but have both feet planted on the floor when seated.
    If standing I put one foot on the stand it sits in when not in use.
  2. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    A few years ago, I made the switch to the classical position, on the left thigh rather than the right, with the neck more vertical, for all fretted instruments larger than the mandolin. Mandolin...
  3. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    I find that as the instrument goes more horizontal, right hand picking improves along with coordination between the right hand and left-hand.
  4. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    All my instruments get positioned like that with a strap, whether I'm sitting or standing. The neck, more vertical than most people use, leaves both my wrists in much more neutral positions,...
  5. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    My OM is an "A" body, and I hold it like a guitar, though it has a shorter scale length than the guitar. On the other hand, my 'cello is guitar-bodied, and together with the 25" scale, I do find it...
  6. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    this is the video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVNiSDFACCM
  7. Re: Rest Strokes - a means to an end, or part of regular techniqu

    Rest stroke techniques are also part of Gypsy jazz picking and in what's also called "economy picking" where successive downstrokes are used when possible rather than strict alternate picking.
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    Re: Where are the ' Big guys ' ?

    And let's not forget that John Hamlett (Sunburst) is on here all the time offering invaluable building advice, Graham McDonald likewise frequently checks in, and Mike Black is here now and again. ...
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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...
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    Fretboard coming together.....
  11. Building a new double-top mandolin by Yaron Naor

    Hi all
    I have started to make a new double-top Mandolin, Flat back.
    I have added some finished mandolin images at the beginning so you can see it at the end, and I will publish more as the making...
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    Sitting here with a 23" scale Vega banjo on my lap, I think I'd be quite happy with a similar size OM. I jump back and forth with fingerings, but it only takes a few minutes to settle in. So I...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    I've looked at the online custom-order forms, but they amount only to getting something printed in bulk on their standard lines of picks. I've tried a few times with the...
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    Three times I came very, very near being killed. Reaching 73 is something I deeply appreciate. Watching my grandkids and great grandkids is a joy. Playing my mandolin, no matter how badly, is a...
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    Re: Eva Scow and Mike Marshall

    I have not heard of Eva before now but thanks for pointing her out. She's a monster! I could totally see her playing with Mike Marshall.
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    The Joy of an OM

    I’d like to share an experience that might inform someone else on their quest towards whatever musical goals they pursue.

    I’ve played mandolin for a long time, have owned—and sold—numerous fine...
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    And now for something a little different.....a laminated walnut neck with bloodwood center strip....:disbelief: :grin:
  18. Re: Differences between Eastwood Mandostag and Godin A8

    A8 has some hollow cavities , the in-bridge 4 piezo pickup pieces and onboard preamp are by RMC of Berkeley California ..
    Godin is made in Canada.

    the mandostang has 2 magnetic copper wire...
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    My new and first electric mandolin!

    Boy oh boy! I unexpectedly got an Eastwood Mandostang for Christmas and I'm having a blast! For some reason, I jumped right into playing jazz standards (I used to study jazz guitar back in the day)...
  20. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    The picture of Jim's earlier mandolin appears to me to show a light radius, while the picture of the later instrument appears not to have a radius.
    Computers and camera lenses can distort pictures. ...
  21. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A, B, C fretboard - all radiused?

    I just looked at my L&H Style B, #41 (1918?). The frets appear slightly radiused; they are definitely not flat. I compared them to those on my Martin Model C, #18196 (1925), which are flat.
    As a...
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    Ready for some binding. My walnut mandolin will be bound in bloodwood. As you can see from the pics a few posts above Lawrence also incorporated that wood into the rosette. So much fun seeing a...
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Sometimes I'm holding my mandolin just right, and the whole thing just wakes up and sings. The whole instrument is vibrating and I can feel it as well as hear it.
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    The sound of my mandolin cures MAS every time. When I feel the urge, I play my mandolin and think how can it sound better than this.
  25. Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    We redid the wood floors in our living room and dining room, this summer. While the rooms were empty, I played my mandolin into them from the doorway and the sound was so mesmerizing I was stuck...
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