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  1. Re: pickup/mic vs. studio condenser microphone on a Collings MF 5

    Wonder what that mandolin sounds like thru a external mic. Both tests sounded thin or trebley ( is there such a word) to me. Sustain is unnatural also. If youíve ever picked a guitar thrower up with...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    I have played mandolin for 50+ years on many different mandolins. I have NEVER replaced tuners. What is it yíall are looking for? I keep mine LIGHTLY lubricated and have had no problem.
  3. Re: Mando Nut - Open A and fretted notes on A string bad

    +1 on the string leaving the nut. Iíve bought several mandolins with that problem, but and saddle must be back cut so the last place strong touches is the edge. I suppose this is true on any...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    I use the reverse lock method, canít slip, once or less around tuner post so no taking up slack in windings, can put through tuner peg hole first so no need to come up with ways to hold on tailpiece...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    Mike Edgerton
    I didnít mean that I thought Gibson was garbage now, I havenít played any from the last 20 years or so but I know they made some good mandolins in the 80ís and 90ís.
    What I donít...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    I agree these mandolins were dogs, but what I donít understand is why did that the name still sell mandolins? All custom builders of the time put Gibson on the peg head, even those with a reputation...
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    Re: Banjo solos /mandolin

    I lovevit when people start talking about music getting too "busy". Ever listen to an orchestra?
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    I've played mandolin for 50+years and sometime when I am trying to learn new break or run I'll work and work at it with no apparent progress, just can't make my fingers do what know they need to do....
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    Re: Unusual Suspects

    I don't understand where this " can't play bluegrass" stuff come from. Red Rector played an oval hole A and recorded with Carl Story and Reno and Smiley. And the king Jimmy Martain insisted that his...
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    Washburn bowl back

    A friend of mine has a Washburn bowl back mandolin numberinside230294. Anyone know age and approximate value? I should see it Sat. as we will be picking and he is to bring it -- will try to get...
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    My first question. What does a bluegrass mandolin sound like? Bill Monroe or Doyle Lawson--- Jesse McRenyolds or Red Rector. My point is the bluegrass sound is varied, listen to the one you like...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    I agree with Brick. I know nothing about PLEX, but I'm old enough to remember when computerized wheel balancer first were used extensively. I had a set of tires installed on my car and the salesman...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Speed is mental. Yes it is technique up to a certain point, but after that it becomes mental. For instance JeffD talks about leaving fingers down behind each other, we know that the milli-second that...
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    You have answered your own question whatever suits the player. I think you noticed that neither joint is locked, that would be almost impossible to play with any speed but which joint is predominant...
  15. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Yes the sound is very noticeable at leastnto us mandolin nerds but if the sound is whist you like go for it. Don't worry about what kind of music it is suited for, any mandolin can play any style. Go...
  16. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    Rector rarely if ever played with a strap, most players use one.
  17. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    Are you saying that's Red on Charlie's right? Couldn't be him on right looking at picture, hay mandolin has a strap, can't really tell on other.
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    Re: Easy strap lock

    I used to watch Jonny Cash take that D45? Martin and give it a swing toward his back. It would make me cringe. I was taught to NEVER trust the strap, strap lock or not. If an instrument is around my...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    It's his store and he can do as he wants with it. My point is don't blame the Internet for brick and motor stores demise, if that is the way you handle cash flow. If he makes his money off rent of...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    Probably half that. This may be part of the reason brick and mortar stores are having problems staying in business. Whatever money they have tied up in that mandolin has cost them 2or3 times in cash...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    If you are playing Blugrass and want that drive that BG is supposed to have you must push the beat. Dragging the beat sounds bluesy. Which is fine if that is what you want but it ain't grass.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Agree improvision by definition is off the cuff. You can't practice a break and really be improvising. The way I learned was I used to play with a BG gospel band that had a radio show at a local...
  23. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    I love to hear mandolin players talk of heavy cases must be a bunch of wimps. I've played mandolin for years, Dad played banjo, as he got older I would carry his banjo to and from the car when we...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    You can tell by these answers that everyone seems to have a difference of opinion on rhythm. Find out what exactly your mates want and if you want to do that. For hard driving bluegrass listen to...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I don't understand what y'all are talking about. A double stop to me is just adding a harmonizing second note. When I find one that I like the sound of I can use that "shape" in any chord by changing...
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