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    Re: Alternate cases for bowlbacks?

    Thanks for the suggestion Mike.
    I've been looking but haven't found anything suitable.
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    Alternate cases for bowlbacks?

    I'd like to adapt a sax or horn etc case to hold a bowl back mandolin.
    Used student cases are super cheap. Basically bowl back cases
    are too expensive. I've spent too much restoring my...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    Memorize a piece of music. I used to perform written music, but
    found a deeper connection when playing from memory.
  4. Pasillo: Campanas by Adolfo Mejia [Trio Colombita]

    This isn't played by a mandolin, but the sound is close.
    Its one of the most beautiful melodies I've ever heard.
    [After 2:45, it detours to other themes I don't find as interesting]

    ...
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    Re: Today's Rig

    This setup is interesting & so different than mine. I use a relatively hifi Bartolini humbucker
    through a Polytone with a 12" speaker for a "milk chocolate" :^) tone on my 5 string electric mando....
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    Re: Today's Rig

    Tom--I'm curious. Why do you use a bass head for mandolin?
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    Re: Today's Rig

    I liked the blend of octave mandolin and guitar on your video. Unique sound.
    If you have a recording of your electric rig I'd be interested to hear it.
  8. Re: Thoughts on getting a country sound with an electric mandolin

    Ricky Skaggs at 2:21 and 4:03 on the first video playing mandocaster.
    Ricky is influenced by guitarist Albert Lee. I'd check what Lee uses
    for pickups, effects and amps. That's the sound. For...
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    Ashbory Bass Mandolin Mindwarp

    I once tried to tune one of these to mandolin tuning.
    Would have been a great tool for recording, but didn't work.
    The strings didn't allow for tuning to 5ths.
    The only possibility was to play...
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    Re: Mandolin Set-up E-Book by Rob Meldrum

    Rob sent me the E Book download address and its a great collection of info for
    working on my mandolin. Thanks Rob!
    --Joel
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    Playing a slippery bowlback...

    How does one play a bowlback without having it slip out of your lap?
    Using my hands or forearms to keep it from moving doesn't do much
    for playing technique.
    Is there some sort of pad or...
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    Measurements for a bowlback nut?

    I'm restoring a Washburn "New Model" 1890s bowlback Mandolin. Its gone well, and I could use your suggestions about the nut. Not a luthier, but am able to do precision work.

    The G# D# A# and F...
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    Charles -
    I wonder if there was a time when hot hide glue was the best option for boats...
    We are working on my friend's 30' wood sailboat at the same time as the mando.
    Basically it involves...
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    Thanks Charles I will. We glued a crack closed on the back today, using straps held against
    the bowl over rubber strips. My friend, who played violin as a child will be learning on this instrument....
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    This got resolved in an interesting way. I mentioned looking for period tuners to a
    banjo playing friend. He had used a mandolin banjo pot to make a frailing banjo,
    and had no use for the tuners....
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    Thanks for the suggestion Nick. The tuners look like the same. I'll have to think about this.
    Did you see the shipping cost? $71 for a $65 mandolin :^)

    Pops 1 this is a very good idea!
    Part of...
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    Re: Memorizing the neck

    I don't know that its necessary to memorize the neck as a technical exercise.
    It is important to me to know the positions & names of all "chop" chord structures, and
    how to play "melody lines" in...
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    Thanks Dan [and thanks Charles too]
    I checked out the Stew Mac catalog. You mean the Golden Age Restoration Tuners right?
    The spacing is described as .931 My mandolin tuners are 25mm. This equals...
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    Re: Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    NickR - thanks for your suggestions.
    I will check the listings out.
    I failed to make clear the pictures above are not of
    my mandolin, but it is the same model. Mine only
    has 1 set of 4 tuners....
  20. Re: String opinions for bowlbacks: Dogal, Pyramid, Thomastik, et

    Thanks Jim for the tip on strings.
    We used to chat a long time ago here and on CoMando. I haven't
    played acoustic mandolin in a long time but am getting back to it now.
    Kind of excited about it...
  21. Re: String opinions for bowlbacks: Dogal, Pyramid, Thomastik, et

    Hi everyone
    I posted a question about a Washburn "New Model" mandolin [1890s?] earlier.
    Need to string it up for a friend who is a beginner. He'll play folk music.
    Can you suggest strings which...
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    Washburn "New Model" tuners & strings

    I bought this model mandolin at a yard sale and am making it playable
    for a friend. Its missing one row of 4 tuners on the treble side.
    Where could I buy them, and are these tuners a standard size...
  23. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    Thanks Tom--
    I find choro based on arpeggiated figures to be the best technical
    practice. Its also much more melodically interesting than the usual exercises.
    Will check this out.
  24. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    Search Google and hit the "images" button.
    I never tried to play the double-time passages in that tune.
    The clarinet player did it with ease...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    It depends on how traditional you want to play. I'd suggest starting with swing
    music standards and blues from the swing era. If that's the goal, begin listening to
    [and learning] the blues solos...
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