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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    Another vote for the TC Electronics Polytune or Unitune here - I've been using them for a few years now for mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar and love 'em!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's Week 48's tune, "The Honeymoon Reel":
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 47, a lovely wee jig written by Sean Ryan, called "A Thousand Farewells":
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    I think it depends on the finish of the mandolin - I do tend to like gold on sunburst instruments, though that said, I have a "cremona-burst" finish on my Girouard and it has nickel hardware and...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I have a Charmed Life pick in the material they use that is similar to BC's. I have one in .70mm gauge (which replaced the .60mm I'd originally purchased that chipped after 5 min of playing, but they...
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    Re: Tenor banjo help

    Make sure to put heavier gauge strings on it if opting for GDAE tuning since it's a 17 fret tenor. When I played 17 fret tenors my preferred gauges were 40w/30w/20w/13 - John Pearse Strings do a set...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 46 (only 6 tunes left!) - a great reel, "The Bird in the Bush"
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Cheers Marty!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Interesting that it's working for you! I was unaware that I did it at all until Marla Fibish pointed it out to me at a lesson years ago. I've been self-conscious about it ever since, but find it...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    The bulk of these tunes are new ones I've learned with a few here and there being tunes I learned ages ago (like 11 years ago) that dropped off my radar and haven't been played since then - this tune...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 45 - a great Finbarr Dwyer reel called "The Holly Bush":
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    Interestingly, I was selling a BlueChip Kenny Smith 40 and picked it up to play with the other day and found that because of it's smaller than usual size it worked well for me - I've tried a TPR40 in...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    For meself, I always get the speed bevel, I did buy one BlueChip with the rounded bevel and wasn't really happy with it, felt a little clunky and not as fast as the speed bevel to me.
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    Re: The trouble with trebles (triplets)

    For me it helps to not use a heavy pick - I use Blue Chip TPR35's, which are about .89mm thickness if I remember correctly. There is some slight movement from my thumb but the rest is in the wrist....
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    I started out playing drums and guitar when I was a kid, and then picked up the tenor banjo and mandolin in my 40's. I still play all four, but I'd rate the tenor banjo as my No. 1 instrument,...
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    Re: Straps

    I have two from Mandolin Straps of Montana that I like a lot, hand tooled leather. Sully Straps are great too, he uses old bridle leather for his vintage line of straps.
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's what I found on thesession.org about the tune's background:

    "Young lads, Vincent & Peter were out on the bicycle one late night, returning from playing out, when they heard music. Naturally...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 44 of the Tune A Week Project - perfect timing as it's Halloween I've chosen "The Haunted House" a great jig by Vincent Broderick, ghostly lights on the headstock aren't the result of an...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I'm pretty sure when I ordered my TPR35 I emailed them and asked if they could do a 35 in that shape and it was no problem - I think they had me place the order for a TPR40 but put a request for it...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I use a TPR35 and don't find that it flexes at all really - the main difference I find between it and heavier Blue Chips is the tone - if I use a TPR40 the tone is a bit warmer and fuller sounding...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Cheers John! I'm chuffed that I've managed to stay the course with the project! As to what to follow it up with, I amn't sure, though I'll probably have to focus all my attention on getting my...
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    Re: Whats your thought on these?

    I have an oval hole Girouard Concert A and I'll never part with it. The quality of Max and Lauri's work is top notch. They were wonderful to work with throughout the build process and nothing about...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the Tune for Week 43, a reel called "The Thrush in the Storm":
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    Used Weber Gallatin oval F's are out there - I had one and regret selling it to this day, think I paid $1200 for it second hand with the original case.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Such sad news, may he Rest in Peace. What a lovely tribute from his friend, thanks for sharing that article Brad.
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