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    Re: Kentucky KM 650 question

    The Kentucky mandolins can sound really good at the price range. Just enjoy it!
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    Re: eq pedal with boost

    I would look at a strict clean boost, like the Fire Eye Bright Eye, or if you need a DI, the Red Eye preamp pedal. Small format, plenty of boost, done.
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    Re: K&K for mandolin

    The Fishman is the deal. You might be able to get away with the M200, but it may have a "drier" sound. The M300 has the pickup mounted in the bottom of the bridge so it still gets some body...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Yep, that's the other thing about the Red Eye--flexibility. I have played on stages with ample phantom power, and I have played with none. I have played when my battery died and we had phantom. I...
  5. Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    You can find it, but maybe not on the strip. Many of the best players are playing elsewhere or touring. However, it is not uncommon to hear some great musicians sit in with groups in Nashville, even...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    Not saying it is a bad pre. I used it with a K&K in my mandolin, and it worked ok. But had to EQ the heck out of it to get it to sound good. The Red Eye is much better, IMHO. And a better format for...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I had the K&K Pure preamp, and it wasn't bad, but it had some wonky EQ controls better suited to guitar. In addition, it isn't a DI unless you get the XLR version. Personally, I think the Red Eye...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    The TC polytune works much better for higher tuned instruments like violin and mandolin than any other tuner I have. I have a TC polytune 2 on my fiddle/mandolin pedal board and it works great. Only...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    In br1ck's defense, the Sunnaudio IS only just a little more than the Red Eye street price, but I really like the format, sound and features of the Red Eye.
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    I'm sure the SunnAudio is good, but they are 300-500 and not a compact pedal format (with boost). Honestly if I was going that route I would just go right to an Avalon U5 or Reddi, which I am pretty...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    And, I should add, I do still also use the Fire Eye Bright Eye, but only because I have that at the beginning of my effects chain, and the Red Eye at the end, as a DI. I can use boost at both ends of...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    The Fire Eye Red Eye is a great piece of gear and dead simple to use. It actually does have a very simple tone control on it that is very effective, especially for dialing out any harshness without...
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    Re: Volume boost pedal question

    What you might want if you don't want the sounded altered when you boost is a clean boost with no EQ. The Fire Eye Red Eye has a nice one built into what is essentially a DI/preamp, The MXR mentioned...
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    Re: K&K for mandolin

    I had a K&K Twin hybrid with the carpenter jack, and it did not mess with the finish on my Kentucky KM-1000. Just have to be careful not to pull too hard on the 1/4 cord and pull the carpenter jack...
  15. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    The best reverb I have used so far, in a pedal format, and still use to this day, is the Neunaber Wet (mono). It is a very clean and beautiful-sounding reverb that does not mess with your core tone,...
  16. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    I have been down the digital multi-effects pedal road before many times, and they can be quite fun and a great learning experience. Some people swear by them. But I have found a dedicated,...
  17. Re: Effects for use on acoustic amp or PA with K and K pickup

    If you are mainly using an acoustic sound and not wanting to sound like a guitar, I would stick with time delay and/or modulation effects. Things like reverb, delay, chorus, phase shifting, etc. can...
  18. Re: KM1000 Spec Question -- side width?

    Yep, I've got a 2003 and it is a great sounding bluegrass instrument for sure, especially for the money.
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    The Korg GA Custom is a small handheld tuner and it is chromatic. It has a number of settings and is extremely accurate for its small size and relatively low price.
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    I've used effects on and off with mando, but tend more toward either time delay, or modulation, but not dirt or distortion/overdrive effects. Same with the fiddle. At some point both a mandolin and...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    If you are willing to use a hand held tuner instead of a headstock one, I would try the Korg Custom GA. Best tuner hands down for accuracy and low price, plus a great visual display. Otherwise, for a...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    There is some evidence to bear this out. Instruments that are played get played in certain modes, in certain keys, that cause the wood to vibrate in ways that are more pleasing. The more the...
  23. Re: Externally vs Internally mounted Piezo?

    I have found that a bridge mounted pickup is the best way to go in terms of volume and gain before feedback. Even Sam Bush uses an in bridge pickup. The K&K surface mount pickups can sound a little...
  24. Re: Any one have opinions on the best amp for use with a Bagg Rad

    If you are needing an acoustic amp, the best one that I have used is the Fishman Loudbox Performer.
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    Re: LR Baggs radius?

    You should not have to EQ the heck out of a pickup to get a good sound. In addition, in a situation with drums and other loud instruments, a contact pickup, be it the Radius or even the K&K, are...
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