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  1. Re: Suggestions for Good Microphone for Acoustic Group

    I'd look at the Ear Trumpet Labs Myrtle or one of their other mics. We use on for many gigs and it works fine. We also have other large diaphragm mics we use but these are excellent for a group.
  2. Re: Seller’s Remorse - 2008 custom Weber Fern

    I had remorse once about a Weber Vintage O, a hybrid F4 model. Found another and it is in good shape, plays and sounds great.
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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    I have a modern F4 style mandolin with X bracing and 14 frets clear of the body. I love it. A bit more robust than a 12 fretter with with the old style bracing IMHO. The first mandolin like this I...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    Was in the past but no longer. Too much good music out there. Although the common person might think it is bluegrass, those who know don't.
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    Re: John Lennon - Mandolinist?!?

    For doublestop leads that work well on mandolin, look to Chuck Berry. He influenced the Beatles and played some great, concise doublestop leads on his songs. He was influenced by Bill Monroe. So what...
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    Re: F-4 Oval string recommendation

    I put a set of D'Addario XS strings on my oval hole mandolin early last summer. They still sound good, but were a bit bright at the beginning. They stay in tune real well and came through our humid...
  7. Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    At least it is not RVs. That is a slippery slope for sure.
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    Poll: Re: Help me choose my 1st Mandolin!

    Having said what I said this ad came up here: [https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/180804#180804[/URL]
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    Poll: Re: Help me choose my 1st Mandolin!

    When I taught in a store, I played a 315. I upgraded it by adding an cast tailpiece, the early ones did not have them. I also upgraded the tuners to Grover 309 or equivalent, since it seems they have...
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    Re: RIP Jim Griffith

    I met him when I was in college and he came to play there. This was nearly 50 years ago. I loaned him my D-18 to play on the show. We played tunes for a long time after the concert. He was quite a...
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    Re: Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

    Arthur McBride is still one of my favorite Christmas songs, I know it's not about that but love it!
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    Re: Dunlop Nickel Wound Strings

    If I were a betting person, I would bet that Dunlop strings are made by another string company and my guess would be D'Addario judging by the gauges in a set. Just a guess.
  13. Re: So I guess I'll practice scales some more....

    I practice scales and have practiced scales for decades. Arpeggios too, all in attempt to sound good.
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    This clears up a lot. I think feel and shape are more important than how much you spend. I too change picks with the weather and whether or not I am liking it at the moment.
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I listen to what I want to learn and get is in my head so I can sing it. Then start working on it. Learning, for me, from strictly a written source is less dynamic, less organic. I tell students to...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    Picks and picking technique have been a focus of mine during the pandemic. I used to be a Wegen user, but find that more mundane picks works just fine for me. I found two Primetone 1.3 round picks...
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    Re: custom oval hole

    Sweet! I bet it sounds great too!
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    Re: Game Changer - Vintage Gibson Mandolin

    Sweet mando. Enjoy, there is nothing like that oval hole sound.
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    Re: My Grandmother the Mandolinist

    In 2017 I got my grandfather's mandolin that he set down when he joined the navy in 1917 to fight WWI. It is a fine old taterbug in a canvas case.
  20. Re: American Mandolin Method Volume 1 & 2 by Brian Wicklund

    The books by Wicklund are graded. He started with fiddle then teamed up with Ben Winship for the mandolin books. They start fairly simply and then add techniques and skills. They are good books. I...
  21. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    D'Addario used to make the Martin Bluegrass fiddle strings, and it is my gut feeling that gauges of strings within sets, like light and medium, are a key to understanding who may be supplying the the...
  22. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    If you ever have seen strings being made, the process includes drawing the wire to the appropriate diameter, then wrapping the wire. All strings have drawn centers then they are wound with another...
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    Re: Hairline Cracks under Fretboard

    I'd guess they were finish cracks but can't really tell.
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    You've got similarities to Mose's vocals in yours nice job. This is one of his tunes not the old blues.
  25. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    Those look like Glenn Carson inlays. He does the best job. I have a Fielding banjo that Glenn did in the inlay work on. I have one he is making for me now from a banjo Will Fielding started before he...
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