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    Katy Hill with a Chinese twist

    Katy Hill
    John Reischman (mandolin) with the Jaybirds and a bunch of Chinese instruments (pipa, ...)


    https://youtu.be/7LALgWz0xc0
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    Re: C.Mangan RoundCore Monel

    I love the Gabriel Wiseman monel set that CM has, have been using them for a few months now (2 sets).
    They are the "custom medium" gauges I prefer and I think they are as good or better than the...
  3. Thread: the Small Dog

    by fatt-dad
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    Re: the Small Dog

    We are new to small dogs. Through a spit of magic we ended up adopting two Havanese during Covid. The first one in April and the second one in August. Female first and male second. Figured that...
  4. Thread: Hot Fire

    by BrianWilliam
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    Hot Fire

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yyl4YAqKvwQ
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    Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    To expand upon what Dale said, and upon a couple of other things that have been mentioned here... this might get kind of long, but you don't have to read it if you don't want to...

    As we play we...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I don’t like vodka martinis. It must be gin. Also, I enjoy F-style mandolins and coffee ;)
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    One of the all-time great players and proof that the 10,000 hour practice rule (plus Schlitz beer) works!

    RIP, EVH
  8. Our version of David Grisman's 'Ricochet' / quarantine video

    Just wanted to share this project I was fortunate to be a part of. My best buddy, Brian 'Willie' Williams figured the three mandolin parts to Ricochet, one of the tunes I've dreamed of playing since...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    The 4th and 5th harmonics are pretty strong when we pluck a string, and often clip-on tuners will pick up one of them instead of the fundamental. For example, D is the 5th harmonic of G, so it is not...
  10. Re: MIX Carbon Fiber Mandolin Truss Rod Question

    There was no truss rod in the neck of Peter's mandolins.

    Did you contact him to ask these questions? He lurks around here and is likely watching. Even though you bought it secondhand, he may be...
  11. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Speaking of Sideman Sam, this break off Berserkely (Markology, 1979) has thrilled for decades, so much so that I had John McGann work his transcription magic on it.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Absolutely! Both of those also work great as set openers.

    Around the fire, with only one choice, I might also go with John Reischman’s “Little Pine Siskin” or “Daylighting the Creek.”
  13. Re: Fantastic David Grisman Quintet one mic recording

    Has there ever been a better intro to a song? And the way David similarly ends the song but in reverse form . . . nothing short of inspired genius!
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    You'd be fine by me.

    Years ago I took a workshop presented by Seth Rosen, a departed musician that I miss. Seth talked about playing "secondary rhythm", meaning that in many band/jam situations...
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    Gibson catalogs

    Found this site that has some cool older Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Catalogs from the Teens. My 1916 Gibson A was $25, and the Canvas case was $1.75 That's $588 in todays money. Enjoy!
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  16. Tutorial - How to play "Bistro Fada" from "Midnight in Paris"

    Hey it's been ages since I've been on here. Life and stuff.

    The sheet music is here: https://imgur.com/a/mzqjqzF


    https://youtu.be/mVEhl9VUB_k
  17. Re: Meet Marc Orleans - Brooklyn based busking mandolin player

    So sorry to hear about Marc's passing.

    It's an interesting topic that hits home. I was introduced to busking in 1975, and did it heavily throughout my 20s, and occasionally since. I always liked...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Yeah, but as the condition of the music business continues to deteriorate, some of us might have to start taking work that we would have previously turned down.

    That said, I'm not going to take a...
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    Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    You can do a nice G chop using the G string fretted at the 4th fret, the D string at the 5th, the A string at the second and let your finger mute the E. I prefer this to fretting the G at the 7th.
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    Re: Refinishing a nice mandolin

    Since you’re asking, I like the idea of the truss rod cover, and I have no issue with having it speednecked so that you can play it comfortably. I’d leave the aesthetics alone and remember them...
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    Acoustic Dead duo tunes

    My good buddy Steve Roy & I have a duo, Steve & Dave Play Dead, which is what we do, and we did it as part of an online fest we are a part of, Dead to the Core, this past weekend. We are the only act...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel sets

    +1 on the Curt Mangan vs. D'Addario monels. I tried both on a Gibson Jam Master A and preferred the Mangans. Tone seemed a bit more complex and they felt nicer to my fingers.

    There's also a...
  23. Thread: Tailpieces

    by Ray(T)
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    Re: Tailpieces

    My Collings mandola came with one of the Allen type tailpieces and I hate it with a vengeance. It’s difficult to keep the string loops on whilst you’re stringing up and you have to yank the strings...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    There's not much in lutherie that's not hard on the back, shoulders, neck, hands, or eyes.
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    Re: how much should I offer for this mandolin

    Practically speaking, modern era Washburn's vary in quality of tone and construction from passable to pretty bad.
    The more recently made ones I have seen tend towards pretty bad.

    I would offer...
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